Let’s BeatBox Some Flute w/ Azeem Ward
Have you flute beatboxed before? If not, no need just take a listen to Azeem Ward and his percussion style flute for a whole new musical style.
SB (StarBeat): Define It: What is flute beatboxing and how did you get into it?
AW (Azeem Ward): Flute Beatbox is the art of using vocal percussion effects while playing the flute! Invented in the early 2000s with the pioneer, Greg Pattillo. I started learning how to do it in 2015 with a piece named Three Beats for Beatbox Flute, by Greg Pattillo.
SB: Back to the Beginning: When did you start playing the flute?
AW: I started playing when I was 10 yrs old. Simply playing the flute in the 5th grade elementary band. However, I originally wanted to play the trombone, but my Dad said I was too small.
Flute seemed like a simple second option. Never in my dreams I imagined that I would learn how to flute beatbox though, I have been studying classical flute for a long time.
SB: Work It: Any current projects?
AW: Yes! I am working on a project called Beat Tape for beatbox flute and guitar. I am excited to see how it turns out because there has not been any music written for beatbox flute and guitar yet! I plan to release it at the end of this year. In the meantime, I plan to also focus on improving the flute and composition skills.
SB: Keep On: Why do you continue to flute beatbox?
AW: I think much of the popular music in our world is driven by rhythm. Many young generations especially are attracted to the idea of rhythm as well. When I play it for younger generations, they tend to get inspired to play music and believe the flute is an awesome instrument! Sometimes it also feels like an education process through performing because people say
“Wow! I didn’t know the flute was capable of doing that!”
SB: Vision Board: What is your goal?
AW: My goal is to be a full-time performing, recording, and touring musician. I also want to make compositions for Beatbox Flute and other instruments (Guitar, Piano, Cello, etc.). It will take some time to really develop these skills, but I am confident that it will happen with consistent hard work and faith.
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