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NWBeatbox

Somerset, Wisconsin, United States | SELF

Somerset, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
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"Minnesota's got talent: State Fair showcases amateur talent"

Nick Wishard, 18, of Somerset, won for his talent category of Vocal Percussion. Wishard said he has been performing Beatboxing for two and a half years. "It started out of pure boredom. I saw someone do it and I thought, 'I could do that,'" he said backstage after his performance.

The audience rewarded Wishard with a lengthy standing ovation, and in the end, the judges rewarded him as the winner of the Open Division, which is like the "grand winner," said Brooke Dillon, State Fair Communications Supervisor.

Beatboxing involves the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice. No water is used on stage, but Wishard said he drinks water before he performs. "I just power through it," he said.

Wishard is attending Brown College in Mendota Heights, aiming for an Associate's Degree in Network Services, then on to a Bachelor's in Information Technology.

The Amateur Talent Contest has been held for 35 years. Semi-finalists were selected from more than 400 acts that auditioned in late July. Contestants compete in one of three age divisions: preteen, teen, and open ages. - TCDaily


Discography

I have some stuff on www.soundcloud.com/nwbeatbox and also have some videos. It's more of a live thing than a full album type of thing.
I won the Minnesota State Fair Talent contest this year and was also mentioned in a segment on KDWB called "Give that band a break". The station just plays a song from a band that they think is good and needs to be heard.

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I started beatboxing almost 3 years ago. After I saw a video of Roxorloops at the French Beatboxing Championship (a video many have seen), I was blown away. I knew of beatboxing, but I didn't know that you could get that good with it, I hadn't really seen anyone crazy good at it before.
I didn't really tell anyone I did it for about a year, it was something I just did for fun. Then after that I kind of started at the beginner stage (open mics, friends, etc.), and then I kind of started doing small shows.
I think right now I'm still in that middle stage of doing good sized shows, but maybe not super often.
My biggest influence on my beatboxing has probably been dubstep. After I found dubstep, my head nearly exploded (the first song I heard was Caspa's remix of TC's "Where's my Money").