Countdown to BeatboxCan – Q&A with Sparx

By: Jenna Melanson

Well, we’re down to our final 4 days of the countdown to BeatBoxCan, otherwise known as the Canadian Beatbox Championships! Up until now we have featured  Soundrax , Jaeger and Hybrid. Today we have Toronto based Sparx (Emilie Carrey), and you don’t want to miss out on what she has to say!

When did you first start beatboxing?

I started beatboxing 3 years ago around the time of the 2012 cCnadian Beatbox Champs.

What is it like to be a part of the 6th Annual Canadian Beatbox Championships?
Its a huge honour. Im so excited to see the energy and performances that people bring. I know its going to be a big night full of excitement and positivity and I feel so lucky to play a part in all of it.
What sort of preparation does a beatbox performance entail?
It takes a lot of preparation, creativity and hours of practice. You can’t just go right in. Its good to come up with entertaining ideas, because at the end of the day, it’s still a show for a crowd and you want to be remembered. You also have to consider who you may face, what the judges are looking for and how to win over the audience while being yourself. Theres song composition, presence practice, mental preparation, beatbox practice… A lot goes into a show like this.
You will be joined by the top 16 beatboxers from all across Canada, is there anyone you are most excited to see perform?
I am very excited to see Feng and MTO. Theyre guys from the West Coast with unique styles. Im really excited to see what they bring.
What advice would you give someone just started out with Beatboxing?
Be yourself and practice your craft. Don’t try to be anyone else but you and see where that takes you. Practice music, get the beats down clean and practice with a metronome.
Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to the readers?
Beatbox has evolved into an art most people can’t fathom. Its beyond the point of just hip hop and the 90’s. It’s at a crazy level and this will show November 6th at the champs. It’s something nobody wants to miss.
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