Entertainment for a Memorable Corporate event or Conference

Especially for corporate events, you want to create something as memorable as possible to give your guests or clients and experience to take away. The main factor in this is enjoyment. 

Your event guests will enjoy the disco, singer, band and food / drink. However I have been to lots of events exactly like this and they have eventually all merged in my mind and I now can’t remember who hosted a specific event. We’ve all been there. However, I do remember an event where a fairly large guy, hidden behind a large towel held up by assistants, basically stripped naked, wrapped himself in the towel, covered himself in talcum powder and spouted water from his mouth standing on one leg! This being so obscure got my attention and has stuck with me to this day. I remember the venue, date and organisers of the event. Its quirky, fun and different and that is key.

If you’re running a conference or team building day then this still applies. In some cases the element of surprise can also be a factor. Something completely unexpected happening at an event to surprise and amaze will leave an impression.

Beatboxing can be great for that extra unusual and surprising factor to an event and will get everyone involved from performance to workshop.

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The Acafellas – UK’s Newest Acapella group

I have recently launched a new project which will be making its performance debut at the EDP Wedding show this weekend, 23rd & 24th Feruary 2013.

The Acafellas are the regions newest acapella group. Consisting of 5 vocalist singers and myself providing vocal percussion, we are taking acapella music to a new level and covering songs from old school acapella to dance and pop.

We will also be having a brief interview on BBC Radio Norfolk with Stephen Bumfrey this Thursday 21st February from 3pm.

Find the Acafellas at www.acafellas.co.uk or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Boots ‘n’ Cats…. What next?

I’ve spoken to many people who have said they can beatbox and busted out the ole’ ‘Boots and Cats‘. At which point I usually say that there so many more words you can use to construct more complicated beats and rhythms… and usually bust out a little demo. I was recently heard on BBC radio Norfolk using these words to teach some beatboxing

But there is a video on Youtube that I noticed recently which has become part of my beatboxing workshops based around the ‘Boot’ and ‘Cat’method. its called ‘Boots and cats‘ (suitable!).

Its quite a clever video which shows many variations and other words which can be included instead of or in between the sounds which make a beat more complex. Linked with all the images it’s genius!

Please check out the video and if you’re interested as to how I use different words to teach beatboxing then please get in contact to book a workshop.

OXJAM 2011

On 7th October 2011, an amazing team put on the charity gig called ‘OXJAM’ in aid of Oxfam at Karma Kafe, Norwich. Here is just a few of the pictures from my slot and many more photo’s can be found on Facebook through the links below. Just some of the other acts perfroming were Dumbfoundus, Lee Vann, Chasing Tigers, Scott Wright, Solko, Dove and Boweevil, Crumbs for Comfort and Cielo – to name a few!

The event raised just under £2k for Oxfam.

Photo’s by:

Beat Images – Facebook Album (www.beatimages.com)
Sox Photography – Facebook Album (soxphotography.photium.com)

Oxjam Norwich 2011, was also sponsored by Anglian Home Improvements

 



 

A catch up about recent events..

Wow, March was the last blog post?? I really haven’t been with it! Here’s what has been recently.

My lack of posting may have been down to the latest addition. Edwina and I would like to welcome Rowan Joshua to the Gibling clan. He arrived on the 13th September 2011 at 2.41pm weighing 7lb 10oz.

As far as performing goes, I was recently contacted by some people involved with a TV channel wanting me to perform for a new talent show that will be being shown on Sky, ‘One’ channel in particular! Unfortunately the filming landed slap bang in the middle of the baby due date and I had to decline for their main shows. However I was offered a spot for the filming of the pilot (which unfortunately probably won’t be aired), So I headed down to London on the 30th August for some filming… And That’s that…for now. I can’t go into any more details until the show is launched, sorry!

I’ve finally updated the gigs page with the next gig being TONIGHT. It’s for Oxjam at Karma Kafe in Norwich. There are so many bands and acts playing tonight over 3 floors that Im amazed that they have organised it so well! if you fancy coming along then it will cost you a £5.00 on the door for entry. All proceeds going to Oxfam.

More updates about me soon.

Lee 😀

 

 

A Quick Update

It seems like its been ages since I’ve blogged anything at all, so here’s little update of what I’ve been up to over the last couple of months.

Cromer Seaside Special is all finished. I ended up doing 6 children’s shows on Friday afternoons and I appeared in 3 main shows during the Cromer carnival week. I had an awesome time being in the show and everyone who was part of it was awesome…. All LEGENDS!

I also went in for the ‘Search for a Star’ competition at Hunstanton’s Princess theatre during the summer. I entered the heat and did ok. I came 2nd place. Each entrant had a 10 minute slot… Unfortunately I went over by a couple of minutes and lost 13 points per judge, otherwise I would have won and been in the final… oops. There’s always next year. (There’s actually a little video of me having a Jam with another entrant backstage. Check it out here!)

You may have also seen me and lots of other talented young people from The Garage outside the Forum performing for the BLUE MOON WALK in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. It was a wicked hours slot. We had beatboxing, MCing, Street Dance, Popping, locking, breakdancing and tricking.

As for workshops… Cultureworks, Based in Norwich, have got me involved in a project called ‘Vocalise’ linked with the Garage. We’re currently delivering some sessions in Brundall and Attleborough over the next 6 or 7 weeks.

Anyway, some of the other stuff coming up…..

– Tonight I will be at Norwich’s City Academy for the Relay For Life event in aid of Cancer Research UK. I think I’m performing at around 8pm.  There’s lots happening there all day from music to fun fairs.

– OXJAM @ Knowhere bar, Norwich. That kicks off at 7.30pm on 8th October 2010.

So, thanks for reading. Another update will be up soon!

Lee

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Beatboxing Vs. Vocal Percussion – Whats the Difference?

I believe that there is an obvious line between Vocal Percussion (VP) and beatboxing which makes them different. but what exactly makes these different? even if it is a THIN line, what is it that defines one from the other?

There are only really 2 main terms you can call someone who makes drum and musical sounds with their mouth, them being a Human Beatbox’ or ‘Vocal Percussionist’. In terms of the sounds themselves, a vocal percussionist’s aim is to be able to replicate and mimic drum sounds as realistically as possible. A feat which beat boxers can’t usually compete with. Many beat boxers use a large soundbank of sounds which are often less accurate, but try to fit as many of these sounds into a beat as quickly as possible. They will also include other instrument sounds into a routine such as horns, synthesisers, strings, and bass.

Very often, vocal percussionists are part of an a’cappella group meaning that rarely need to use sounds other than drums. They often come from a musical background and already be familiar with music theory and several instruments (including drums), integrating their knowledge and techniques into their VP. They will simulate things like drum rolls and ‘para diddles’ and incorporate the visual aspect during a performance by literally air drumming whilst performing. Because they are a key member within a vocal group, the image they portray is a lot smarter and clean-cut.

People who class themselves as beat boxers tend to be the younger generation and probably wearing a hoody and Nike trainers (or any other brand!) showing off their ‘skillz’ on the bus. Now, I’m not saying that vocal percussionists don’t own hoodies. I just mean that when performing, a beatboxer would not fit in as well as a VP at a jazz festival. Likewise, with a VP performing at a DnB or hiphop event.

Many beatboxers would argue that they call it both things. Or that Beatboxing is a form of VP. Vocal Percussion can cover a vast area of vocal rhythms such as Indian Bols (Konnakol) which are syllables used to symbolise what stroke or combination of strokes a percussionist needs to use.

‘Beatboxing’ as a term is very specific and you know exactly what to expect and the image that comes with it. This image is certainly linked with its background being hip hop. Its led itself to be strongly linked with the mimicry of electronically produced music.

Here is a short description of the history of vocal percussion from Humanbeatbox.com:

“When blues was brought about by black slaves telling the heart ache of life, there wasn’t usually instruments at hand. Musicians would improvise with what little they had, their body and their voices. Claps and clicks became the drums, and low hums became the double bass; the two back bones of blues and jazz music. One would hum, one would clap, click and hit things as the drums, and one would sing. This would eventually evolve into imitating many sounds, such as the ‘shhchh’ of a soft snare and the ‘tssa’ of the hi-hat being played with brushes. Blues groups found a way to make their music with nothing but their voices. As blues became more and more mainstream, scatting and bass humming became well known. Higher range singers would wail long, joined notes, taking the place of the trumpet in solos. Immediately, this form of vocal percussion became a staple of urban culture, that is, culture of the street. Poor artists would roam the streets, or gather on street corners, imitating trumpets and saxophones outside jazz halls.”

This would definately suggest that beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion and has developed into what we know today from the birth of electronic music.