BEATBOXING, or making music with your mouth, is becoming more popular and has evolved as a form of music since it was pioneered by the Fat Boys as part of the hip-hop scene in the early 1980s.
Orelia resident Jedediah Linton has been beatboxing since he was 12.
“I was chilling at my mate’s house and his cousin came over and started beatboxing,” he said.
“I was blown away and after I got home I went on to YouTube and started looking how to beatbox and learnt from there.”
He is the WA champion and also finished in eighth place after representing WA for the first time at a national competition in Melbourne last month.
Jed said beatboxing was evolving into a more electronic sound, separating it from hip hop.
He belongs to Perth Beatbox and Beatbox Australia, which organises annual competitions at state and national levels.
“You get judged on creativity, musicality, technicality, stage performance and originality,” he said.
He said there were about 20 beatbox enthusiasts in Perth, with about eight entering competitions.
“I want to look at performing a lot more this year as a soloist, instead of competing,” he said.
“I’ve recently started writing my own music because the first time I competed I had no material and was doing it all off the top of my head.”
“I’ve got a beat book and I’m writing down my routines so I know what I’m doing before I go on stage.
“I enjoy getting better or levelling up.”
He wants to increase the profile of Perth Beatbox and is aiming to be the Australian champion by 2020.
Jed believes beatboxing will become more popular within the next five to 10 years.
He has been an active participant in the City of Kwinana’s LyriK youth support program.
Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams praised Jed for his determination in pursuing his talent and for the excellent example he was setting for the community.
She said LyriK was celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and gave young people an opportunity to raise their profile and make positive contributions.