Beatbox Champion

Mark Martin | Beatbox Champion

As the winner of the 2016 American Beatbox Championships and the International 2016 BeatRhyme Battle, Mark Martin is best known for playfully blurring the lines between language and sound. He toured the world with the theater group VocaPeople for 5 years. He enjoys collaborating with other musicians, especially his partner and fellow World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady as Lightship. He is a passionate educator and taught in New York City for 8 years. Today, he leads workshops around the country. He is a chef, a dancer, and an Eagle Scout.

The Ted talk by Brené Brown on Vulnerability has had a massive impact on me. I believe that vulnerability is one of the most important topics of our day, and this talk helped provide a framework and language for talking about vulnerability. I highly recommend that everyone watch it (or watch it again!)

What sparks your curiosity?

My curiosity is sparked when I see something familiar in a completely new way. When someone combines unrelated flavors into a new dish, or turns an old broken machine into an instrument. Nature has always been a source of inspiration, whether looking through a telescope to see the texture of the moon, or deeply listening to the chirping birds and bugs around me.

What was the biggest change or turning point in your life, and why? Tell us a story!

I graduated NYU spring of 2011 with a self-designed major centered around beatboxing as a language. I had spent my whole life in an academic tract, exploring ideas and concepts, and now I was out in the real world. Less than two months after I graduated, I was cast as one of the leads in an international theater group called Voca People, where I toured the world for over 5 years, as a character that speaks in beatbox! This showed me I was on the right path, and inspired me to be an artist.

Hobbies | Passions | Fun Facts

1. I love to cook. Before I ever made music, I wanted to be a chef and toured the Culinary Institute of America for my 8th birthday. 2. I am an Eagle Scout. I love camping, spending time in nature, and making things out of wood. 3. I love to dance!

Instagram:  @markmartincreative