Best Beatboxer - 2004
What takes most people an entire band to produce, Kid Beyond (aka Andrew Chaikin) executes with his own mouth. Cupping his hands to manipulate the sound, and moving his lips and tongue in mysterious ways, Kid Beyond can replicate drum sets, Latin beats, hip hop grooves, and turntable scratches. But his talent extends beyond percussion: He also sings in and around the beats, and records bits and pieces of his performance in real time using foot pedals, then loops it back live, so he's riffing with himself. The results include eerie orchestrations that make you feel you're in the presence of a higher power and psychedelic trance that makes you want to get up and dance. Kid Beyond performs regularly throughout the Bay Area; check his Web site for future shows.