Five reasons to see Shlomo: #NewRules
Interactive musical magic from the beatboxing maestro
This article is from 2016.
1. It's hard to argue against a veritable one-man soundsystem. Shlomo conjures drums, synth and breaks from nowhere, and manipulates his audience into providing the foundation for his vocal gymnastics.
2. His #NewRules show lives up to its hip-to-the-hashtag title; the 'new rule' is an exploration of creative restrictions and how these can be used to push artists to the limits of their art. An experiment, rather than a constraint, Shlomo analyses what he can get away with as a voice artist and whether using non-live sounds is considered cheating.
3. His 'rules' theme comes from a cute story: the rule his parents imposed after they bought him a drum kit as a child – no playing after 6pm. Honing his skills without annoying the neighbours led to a complicated system of teeth-clicking to get him through his night-time practising.
4. Plaudits come from all over: consider who Shlomo has worked with. He teamed up with Björk on her song 'Oceania', guested with the Mighty Boosh at The Big Chill and counts Imogen Heap, Ed Sheeran, Jarvis Cocker and Rudimental among collaborations. Plus, he's a twice-over record breaker (World's Largest Beatbox Ensemble, in case you were wondering.)
5. It's not just for adults. He started his beatboxing journey as a child, so if your kid is on the noisy side, check out Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids and give them the chance to develop their oddities into fame and fortune (not guaranteed).
Underbelly Cowgate, 15 & 16 Aug, 10.10pm, £14. Shlomo's Beatbox Adventure for Kids, Underbelly Cowgate, 15 & 16 Aug, times vary, £10.