PREVIEW: Beardyman at Coda 02-27-13 by Natalia Toussaint


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Live music. Nothing is better than live music. Nothing is better than live, created dance-inducing rhythms that are primarily created by one human voice? Confused? I was too when I first saw Darren Foreman’s aka Beardyman recorded show from 2009 at the Edinburg Comedy Festival. I am still dumbstruck.

Beardyman, hailing from North London, is known for his beatboxing and using live looping technology to create a never-repeated performance. Drawing from elements of breakbeat, techno, trance, dubstep, and other genres and subgenres of electronic music, audience suggestions and his own creativity, he creates sounds that are rarely heard or imagined from other artists sets. The music is primarily created from his voice, then layered with elements constantly being added and looped, all done in real time. The end result is a feast for your ears and is often confused with pre-recorded, synthetically created sounds.

It is said imitation is the greatest form of flattery, Beardyman recreates sound bites from notable and his favourite artists to take attendees on a musical journey. Utilizing various pieces of electronic equipment and software as well as his Beardytron 5000 Mkll, Beardyman takes listeners on an all-encompassing sensory overload.

Sharing the stage with heavy hitters Sly and the Family Stone, Andy C, Skibbadee, Groove Armada, and Foreign Beggars, to name a few, Beardyman has taken his classically trained musical education, turned it upside down and turned live music on its head.

Opening the night is Jeff Button, a local Toronto promoter turned DJ. Button has been in the scene since 2004. With residencies at the Docks, Mod Club and Footwork Nightclub (RIP) Button has played alongside the best DJs in the world. Button is also a resident for The Modern Love Affair series of parties, has played The BPM Festival and began writing his own music after attending a few at UK’s Music Production school Point Blank. 2012 marked the release of his first EP Love Is True with fellow Torontonian Sean Roman which reached #42 on the Deep House releases on Beatport.

DJing is not the only musical venture Button has his hands in. DigDeep, his company, is known for their iTunes podcast that features the best in house music, both locally and internationally. Collaborations with Platform, Embrace and Sound Mind means we will be seeing a lot more of Button this and in the following years.

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