By Amanda Best Emerson College 1:03 P.M EST April 27 2016
The term “beatboxing” comes from the sound early drum machines, also known as beat boxes, used to make. Soon people started to mimic the sound with their mouths and “human beatboxing” was born. This practice goes all the way back to the late 80’s of hip hop. Guys like Buffy, Rahzel, and Doug E. Fresh were just making a name for themselves. Back then beat boxing was seen as something foreign, a cute trick, or as a platform for rappers. Now beat boxing is creating a name for itself from the streets of New York where it originated to the historic city of Boston.
“I started beatboxing back in high school about 15 years ago,” said Boston beatboxer Brendon Albertson aka Green. “I would just make little noises around the house with my mouth and I had no idea it was even a thing.”
He was known around his high school as the kid who beatboxed.
“I would perform in talent shows and at parties. People were always like that’s cool but…you can’t be serious. They thought it was a gimmick. When we wanna go listen to something serious we’ll go listen to a band or go to a concert,” said Green.
Back then people had no idea just how big beatboxing would become. Green considers himself to be more of an old-school beatboxer. Modern beat boxing is all about EDM because of its popularity but Green is faithful to beatboxings’s hip hop roots.
“Old beat boxing is very rare but it’s definitely my favorite style. There is a saying that says beat boxing always follows what the popular genre is but a few years later because when a new style of music comes out it takes beatboxers a few years to figure out how to make those sounds with their mouth,” said Green.
He is always striving to perfect his craft and trying to raise awareness of the beatbox scene here in Boston. Green even brings his beat boxing expertise into the classroom. Yes, Brendan Albertson is a teacher. He teaches English as a second language and what better way to help students learn then with a little beatboxing?
“I teach ESL and I try to help students out by making songs with vocabulary words and I’ll add a little beatboxing. It just get’s kids excited to learn,” said Green.
Not only does Green teach ESL but he also teaches a beat boxing class here in Boston .
Here’s an example of how Green and his fellow Boston Beatboxers teach beginners how to beatbox.
Here’s a taste of Green in action performing his signature old-school style and a bit of trap music. He also gives a sneak peak of how he uses his students with beatboxing in the classroom.
If you’d like to meet Green and other Boston Beatboxers in the area or want to learn how to beatbox go to http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Beatboxing-Squad/ or check out the Boston Beat Box Facebook page.