Countdown to BeatboxCan – Q&A with Soundrax

By: Jenna Melanson

BeatboxCan, otherwise known as Canadian Beatbox Championships will be taking place in Toronto, ON on November 6, so we thought it would be fun to team up and do a countdown to this event! BeatboxCan exists to work with the artform of vocal percussion and unite the beatbox community to showcase these talents!

First up in our countdown is Montreal, QC based Soundrax (Olivier Labelle-Mota), so continue reading to find out what he had to say!

When did you first start beatboxing?

I’ve been beatboxing since I was 4 years old and now I’m 19.

What is it like to be a part of the 6th Annual Canadian Beatbox Championships?

It’s an honour to show that I’m from Montreal because we are 32 beatboxers in that city but rarely we get into the championships. I know them all, the entire scene and I’ll be at the champ to show that we got our flavor and represent Montreal. I wanted to come to the champs since the first one but I was too young to enter.

What sort of preparation does a beatbox performance entail?

Practice by mimicking your opponents but having your unique patterns is the way to a possible victory. For me it’s 4 hours a day, no matter what’s happening around me. Don’t ever forget that possessing the skills of the other battlers is not everything. Ask B-Art if copying is okay.

You will be joined by the top 16 beatboxers from all across Canada, is there anyone you are most excited to see perform?

I want to be against Andre or Young because I’ve heard them with light chilling sounds but not on a battle mode near to me.

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to the readers?

If you’re trying to learn beatbox at first start by spotting your energy spots and build music that compliments.

Without your body, no audience can hear your inner beat. It’s our message to the world, we are the most ecological and and peacefull beigns, beatboxing can release your inner self and help your explore the spectrum of feelings and emotions. It’s the not so secret pillar of the Hip-Hop, it’s from way back in every continent,men produce music or sounds for many reasons and the blend of these knowledges and techniques are now altoghether into the so called Beatbox.


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