Things to Come


The live layering of your vocal sounds is the future of vocal performance –say three prominent artists.

Beardyman: To me live-looping IS the future of music. There are incredible products out right now which are game changers in their own right, but once really super-advanced mass-market products arrive on the scene to make music-production a live activity, and not a stilted and deliberate one, the way we make music will change forever. Live looping is a proto-version of what is to come: live production.

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Lilli Lewis: The possibilities with looping seem almost limitless so it’s harder to say what the future doesn’t hold. I’ve always been inspired by the spoken word scene, and recently Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo, an artist who just presented at the TED conference in Oxford, told me she’s been experimenting with looping to add extra dimensions to her poetry performances.

Mister Tim: I think we’re going to see a lot more vocalists using live looping in ways we haven’t seen before. Right now it’s an incredibly effective tool for the beat-boxing genre, but it is soon going to expand into all genres of vocal work.

Mister Tim is the mastermind behind more than a dozen award-winning a cappella groups, including 2010 Harmony Sweepstakes champions Plumbers of Rome, internet sensations moosebutter, beatbox quartet Mouth Beats, and all-original vocal bands VoxBom and THROAT. He is a published composer and arranger, a dedicated teacher, and a solo artist, most recently with his solo vocal live looping show “Vocal Magic.” He was a headline performer in the Las Vegas Strip production of “Toxic Audio,” is in demand for speciality corporate music projects, and is an active educator, coach, and clinician. mistertimdotcom.com

Beardyman has been hailed by the BBC as “The King of Sound and Ruler of Beats” for his renowned beatboxing skills and use of live looping technology. He is the first beatboxer in UK history to win 2 UK Championships in a row; he also uses music technology to loop and sample his vocals. His live production of original material is making a huge impact worldwide. Check out his channel, you won’t be disappointed.

Lilli Lewis grew up on a dirt road outside of Athens, GA. Now residing in Hammond, LA, she is an award winning singer/songwriter, a favorite among contemporary women’s solo a cappella, a composer, an opera singer, classical pianist, and a rocker wannabe, in no particular order of importance. www.lillilewis.com