Countdown to BeatboxCan – Q&A with Hybrid

By: Jenna Melanson

On November 6, Toronto is being taken over by BeatBoxCan, which is also known as the Canadian Beatbox Championships. We are happy to be teamed up with them to give you countdown Q&A’s with some of the talented artists!

So far we have featured Soundrax and Jaeger, and now it’s time for Barrie, ON based Mackenzie Martin Vespera, known to most as Hybrid! See what he has to say!

When did you first start beatboxing?

I started beatboxing in December of 2011 at the age 22.

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

It’s an honor to be part of this historical event. I’ve worked very hard over the past year to earn a spot in the top 16 and I’m very excited and proud to be able to battle for Canada on November 6th.

What sort of preparation does a beatbox performance entail?

Preparation for a beatbox performance entails rigorous and consistent physical and mental training. Developing structured routines and enhancing stage presence are a big part of performance preparation for me. I try to visualize myself being successful on stage.

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

I love reconnecting with the beatbox family.  I’m excited to see how the entire scene has leveled up over the past year and I’m really looking forward to seeing some fresh faces. I’m most excited to see the 2014 champ (BBK), defend his title.  There will be a lot of heavy-hitters in 2015, should be interesting!

What advice would you give someone just started out with Beatboxing?

Learn the basics and develop your rhythm. Collaborate with other beatboxers and artists for inspiration/mentorship and new insight. Lastly, don’t be discouraged! Human beatboxing is evolution and it takes time to develop your sound and mindset.

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

Express yourself! Cast aside your doubts and follow your passion. Peace, love, & unity.

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