We had the good fortune of connecting with The Beatbox Panda and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi The Beatbox Panda, how do you think about risk?
The way I think about risk is that if you don’t take one, you waste one. In a sense where you’d never know when the opportunity will present itself again. Choosing to become a Professional Beatboxer as a career choice was a risk in itself-unheard of back in my high school days and especially in a Filipino Household. With only a handful of beatboxers existing and a couple of active forums, main one being (Humanbeatbox.com)- I knew that the pursuit was going to be an interesting one. The first real risk I took was competing in my High School Talent show as a freshman. I was new to the high school, quiet kid, and shy. Although, I did not place I did receive recognition from around the school. I knew at an early age that I could make this into a career. With that in mind, I practiced routines and sounds in order for me to perform and take it to stages I never imagined. Also, being on stage multiple times in front of thousands of different people built my confidence on the microphone and in my performance.
After taking that risk, It lead me to experiences on this flat earth that no money can buy, helped me grow as an artist, and see the avenues where I can improve and areas that need attention to be better. Without risk you will be stagnant in any life path you choose. The Universe knows the amount of work you put in- Put in the work and you will receive. I still take risks until today. Take the risk and Commit to Your Craft.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Beatboxing is an art form of replicating instruments such as a drum set, horns, guitars, and even flutes all done with the mouth and vocals. Everyone is different as far as facial structure and anatomy, so no 2 beatboxers will ever sound identical. What I know sets me a part from others are the genres of music I select to perform and the variating styles I use to execute my show. I usually read the room before I perform and then decide on what specific songs I would use to highlight the show with. I am most proud about making a mark in history and actually taking the risk of going down this path, most notably – opening for Snoop Dogg twice and performing for an Idol, now friend- Rahzel. It takes a lot of energy and spirit to perform in front of many who may never see you again, so I’m happy I was able to be an enjoyable memory in the minds of the people who have had a chance to watch me perform. I started my ground work at school festivals, then moved on to Open Mic Nights at dive bars all around Southern California. Whether I was in state or out of the country, I would find a place to perform and create business. I would get my breaks by getting involved with college and university event organizations. From there I was able to perform for names such as – Snoop Dogg, Pentatonix, Sublime with Rome, Diplo, CL, Big Sean, Iration, Rahzel, Childish Gambino, Pretty Little Thing, and more.
Getting to where I wanted to be was not easy. Going through the doubts of others and your own mind can take a toll. I am about 20 years in the game and I have to say that no amount of money can buy the experiences i’ve had without knowing how to do what I do. I’ve dealt with a lot of self-doubt- especially after dislocating my jaw. This set me back a couple of years as I was recovering and re-learning how to beatbox on different side of my mouth. Some sounds were unable to come back because of discomfort, so I had to improvise. Fast forward a couple years later and I have become Seattle’s 2019-2020 Beatbox Champion, hundreds of shows performed and still going.
The lesson I learned is that any path you take in life will never be easy- You will have haters, doubters, and non believers. You should surround yourself with like-minded people. Persistence is key. No matter what the content quality is I advise to just put it out for the whole world to see.
Stay dedicated, take risks, don’t let someone’s opinion derail your from your dream. Commit to your craft.
The world has got to know that The Beatbox Panda will be in the NFT space soon.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting for a week? Hmm.. I’m in Los Angeles so, I’d skip IN N OUT and probably get some Thai food in North Hollywood over at Vic’s Thai Food To Go. Hit up the beach during the week and coast along PCH. We would hit up a couple comedy shows, late night Birria tacos, drink over at a couple local bars.
Head around over to the San Fernando Valley and pick up some carne asada and tortillas. Then take the views from the beach to the mountains in Agua Dulce. Setup for a couple nights out in the mountains and enjoy the sunset and silence of nature. Wind down with a Super Car Sunday Car Meet over in Woodland Hills and grab a late breakfast at Cici’s Cafe in Ventura.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First off, I’d like to thank The Lord who has given me this talent and a will of persistence and dedication to keep the passion burning- it’s near magical to see me performing 20 years in and going- always learning and mastering my craft to a certain degree of difficulty to perform and entertain the many. Second, an eclectic group of family and friends who believed in me since the beginning. One person worth mentioning is Jerome De Guzman, who has been my best friend since Kindergarten and has been there to solve some problems that were crucial to achieving my goals. Shoutout to ALL the creators out there doing what they love to do everyday.

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