Beatboxing is HARD. Anyone who has destroyed their keyboard attempting to do it knows how that’s like. Here are some amazing talents from our own backyard who can make such crazy and unique beats from their mouth that you wonder if they’re like… secretly a transformer…
1) Ahmad Riyal
Riyal has been beatboxing since April 2007 and is more known as the ‘Instrumental Poet’ because his skills is a music and art form crafted to create emotions, provoke thought and produce awe. Riyal has also been hosting and MC-ing since 2010 and dancing since 2010. Also, a special thanks to this talented beatboxer for helping me shape this list too!
2) Ezra Soon
This beatboxer is Beatblast 2012’s runner-up. Son is a very musical beatboxer who has the ability to perform various types of genres in the beatboxing world.
Also known as Lau Soon Huey, ABeatC stands out as a beatboxer that could create sound special effects with just his mouth. In 2015, he has already had 8 years of beatboxing, won 4 champion titles and placed top 4 in Vietnam. For a year (2014-2015) ABeatC travelled all around the world, and busked in almost every one of them. During his travels, he also joined the World Beatbox Championship in Berlin, and represented Malaysia. He has also performed on many big stages such as Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Festival, Raising The Bar Festival, Urbanscape, and more. Expanding further, he connects with other various local artists and has performed with many such as Sona One, Jin Hackman, Vandal, NtahSapeSapeNtah, and many more. And most importantly, he has teamed up with one of the biggest name in beatboxing in Malaysia, Coex, and both gave birth to Malaysia’s first beatbox community, BeatNation, which has been recognised as the prime foundation of beatboxing in Malaysia.
Emin is not just your typical beatboxer, bringing the skill and art to a whole new level on both musicality and technicality. I mean, really, who needs drums, trumpets, a composer, DJ mixers, etc, when you have Emin and his microphone. Emin discovered his talent when he made random sounds with his mouth without realising it was a thing called beatboxing. Many of us have done that, but I don’t think we can call it beatboxing. I think I’d just call mine ‘spitting on my laptop’. It was then that he looked at videos on YouTube and found out about this type of art form and it inspired him to take it to the next level. After 3 years of hard work, Emin has taken Malaysia by storm with his passion, talent and skills. He’s also currently holding the title of 2015’s Armageddon Beatbox Champion, has won TrazzFM’s Talent Show and won 2nd place for Freedom Open Beatboxing Championship in 2014.
Ever since he was 15 years old, Shazet has been taking his originality and creative sounds to new heights, especially in South-East Asia. Hailing from Penang, Shazet got his big break when he won at the Beatbox Melbourne Championship in 2008. He has also performed on many international stages such as Cambodia, Australia, and even Germany as he represented Malaysia in the Beatbox World Championship in 2009, held in Berlin itself. He also became the 2010 Malaysia Beatbox Champion which gained him many fans and features in magazines, articles and more. Founder of Beatbox Australia, MadMastaC claims that Shazet is the best beatboxer in Australia and the ‘World’s Best Beatboxer’ by Pepouni (Swissbeatbox).
This beatboxer’s passion arose when he was 13 years old and came across a viral beatbox video and was intrigued by the art of beatboxing as it unique. He then taught himself to master beats through various videos. In 2014, he earned himself the Champion title in the Freedom Open Beatbox Championship, the first ever beatboxing event which was funded by JKKN. He was also invited to judge the Ready Or Not Battle Vol. 1, organised by Yites Studio. In 2016, he was invited to perform in Ventiane City, Laos, for Stylo Fellaz’s brand launch. He also performed in Thailand for a concert called That’s ESA What’s UP in 2017, organised by a famous rapper group called Nefhole. Even though he has had many international experiences, Demon never stops pushing himself and aims to be the best at what he does, and maybe one day be at the top locally and internationally.
7) Ken Low
This 22-year old focuses his beat-bowing on musicality and is one of the few beatboxer loopers in Malaysia. He has won Vice-Champion in TYGS Beatbox Battle in 2014, won Champion for both Beatbox Battleground Vol.1 and All From the Bouth Beatbox Battle.
8) William Chew
Chew focuses his beatboxing on musicality, sound quality and composition which makes him a force to be reckoned with. He has a wide variety of beats in his arsenal and has the record for the most battle rounds in a beatbox competition with 14 rounds.
Artsy has to be one of the most noted 25-year-old beatboxer in the international scene. He has also been featured on Swissbeatbox, the biggest beatbox Youtube Channel.
Soban is one of the most musical beatboxer in Malaysia who uses a mix of melodies, techniques and vocals, making his beats unique and memorable. He was top 8 for both All From The Mouth Beatbox Battle and Armageddon Beatbox Battle. He has even gained international attention with his original compositions.
Doomic holds 3 titles in Malaysia and is possibly the most technical beatboxer in Malaysia and many refer to him as a battle specialist.