We had the good fortune of connecting with Mathew Verderosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mathew, how do you think about risk?
I believe taking risks are like the backwards pull of a slingshot bow. If you don’t use your strength to pull back, line up your shot, and breathe through the fear, you won’t hit your target. For me, I have taken several risks for my company, Beatbox Drums. The biggest risk I took was leaving my home state of Pennsylvania at the insistence of a business advisor to move to California for the sake of the business. I left my family, friends, my dog, my house, my business’s stability, and my music career behind for California, which promised growth and a new chapter for Beatbox Drums. There have been major ups and downs since moving here, but overall my risk has paid off. So much of that is about mindset too, but that’s another conversation!
What should our readers know about your business?
Beatbox Drums is a drum company specializing in compact, portable drum kits. The Beatbox is a first of its kind, high end, self-storing drum kit made of 100% recycled plastic. Everything fits in the box (except the cymbals, duh). Our new version will be TSA approved as checked-luggage. What sets us apart from other compact drum kits is our sound. No compromising with the Beatbox, it sounds just like a standard, full-size drum kit. Most other compact kits lack sound quality and adjustability. I am most excited to debut the recycled plastic version. We are a company committed to reaching a net-zero waste impact in addition to using materials that save Earth from plastic pollution. Getting to where I am today was far from easy. I have missed many family obligations, worked like a mad-man, stepped out of my comfort zone repeatedly, compromised my health and safety at times, and my patience has been pushed to its limits. I have overcome many of these challenges by believing in myself and the Beatbox and tuning out naysayers. Along the way I have learned that regardless of your lot in life, you can achieve lofty goals with dedication, passion, and patience. I am a decade in, and still have a way to go. I want the world to know that the drum industry, as we know it, is about to change with the Beatbox.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I were to show someone around Long Beach, the first place we’d go is “Monday Night Dinner” at my good friend Amy’s place. @vegantrailblazer on IG, Amy is an amazing vegan chef and wellness advocate. I’ve met most of my favorite people at Monday Night Dinner. Inclusive and accepting of all walks of life, this weekly community gathering has become a necessity for my wellbeing. Next we’d hit “drummers corner” on 4th street. Businesses like Long Beach United Boxing Club and Pike Restaurant and Bar are both owned by punk drummers of the 90s, so clearly we vibe. We’d work up a sweat getting our asses kicked by Doug and then have a recovery beer on the corner.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shout out and give a big thank you to my engineer, Nick Adler of Viszla Design. His dedication, passion, and courage for taking on a project that most engineers would have run away from deserves recognition. He has been the most helpful person in terms of seeing my vision come to fruition in the past couple of years. I never would have met Nick if I hadn’t moved to California. He was moving out of the apartment that I was moving into! Funny how these things happen. Nick is a good friend and a fantastic engineer, anyone who works with him won’t regret it.
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