Q & A with Flashburn
When did you start?
I started beatboxing on April 4th, 2011. I was Youtubing as a bored High School Sophomore does when I came across a video called “MAN SPEAKS DUBSTEP” and clicked on it. It was a clip of a freestyle in an interview of Reeps One, one of the best beatboxers in the world. I was so amazed and fascinated by how a human could make such a wide array of sounds with such a range of pitch in such a powerful arrangement. I didn’t know it at the time, but that click changed my life and beatboxing has been life ever since.
What do you hope to achieve through the Kollaboration experience?
I hope to push beatboxing, Asian and Pacific Islander Talents, myself, and the message of my story into the media spotlight. I aim to show the world that hard work, determination, and passion can make dreams come true, even dreams as ludicrous as making something of yourself by becoming a professional beatboxer and changing the world with your music.
On a day off, you can find me…
Hanging out with friends, playing video games competitively, in tournament, and for fun, watching anime, Training at the UFC Gym, raving, hard dancing, light gloving, making Kandi, writing reviews on movies, tv shows, and video games, programming, designing video games, and of course beatboxing.
People would be surprised to learn that…
I enjoy things that people don’t expect I would and wouldn’t expect my interests to mix. I’m a huge Otaku (Japanese derogatory word for nerd), so I love anime and video games as well as creating them and critiquing them in reviews. I also love EDM and the rave scene because I love light gloving, making Kandi (bead bracelet art), and hard dancing like Shuffling or Jumpstyle. I also love sports like Basketball and Football, but my favorite sport is Mixed Martial Arts as I’m an avid martial artist. I’ve trained in Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Muay Thai as well as some wrestling in High School.
My biggest inspirations are…
krNfx, Reeps One, Ball-Zee, Babeli, Alem, and Dharni are just some of my thousands of beatboxing inspirations. However, other than beatboxers, some of my favorite and most inspirational artists are Zomboy, Slipknot, AZIATIX, S3RL, Darren Styles, Daft Punk, Knife Party, edIT, Flow, Foreign Beggars, Machine Gun Kelly, and Kid Cudi
If I could perform with anybody in the world, it would be…
Any of my favorite artists. I could jam out with krNfx and Reeps One and make an entire show out of it, perform with a producer like Zomboy or S3RL, perform with a band like AZIATIX, or drop a beat for Foreign Beggars, Machine Gun Kelly, or Kid Cudi to rap over. Fun fact: Myself, Machine Gun Kelly, and Kid Cudi all went to the same High School.
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I’ve grown up in a lot of places. I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida until I moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area when I was eight or nine, specifically Shaker Heights, Ohio. Two years after that I moved to Davis, California. A year after that I moved to middle of nowhere Mennonite and Amish country Goshen, Indiana. About eight months after that I moved back to Shaker Heights, Ohio where I stayed for the next five years. I moved to Chicago, Illinois in fall of 2013 to chase my dreams and attend Columbia College Chicago.
I’m Chinese, specifically Cantonese Chinese. My mom’s side family hails from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China and they are about as Cantonese as it gets. My dad’s side of the family is from Penang, Malaysia, but they are Cantonese Chinese as well.
I make music with my mouth. I beatbox.
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