“James Brown Meets The Beach Boys” on Chatfield Stage


Heaton’s unique performance combines technology with its own specific biology to create music.

“Everyone’s mouth is different,” he said. Heaton’s mouth can create 71 different sounds which he incorporates into his beatbox and vocal percussion.

Combining these sounds with an electronic looping system, a few effects pedals, vocals and a pinch of ukulele, Heaton creates a unique music which he describes as “James Brown meets the Beach Boys”.

Heaton’s introduction to beatboxing came from rapper and beatboxer Rahzel’s performances with The Roots. His interest in combining beatboxing and looping was accidental. He woke up when he ran into an RC-20 Loop Station one day at the Guitar Center. The Boss double pedal helped him create his own live looping sound.

“(I) had no idea how much this would change my life,” he said.

Combining beatbox, tight harmonies and looping, Heaton has performed on numerous stages and at festivals in the United States and abroad.

“I opened for Boys II Men,” he said. “It was cool.”

Aaron Heaton.  Contribution / www.heatboxllc.com

Aaron Heaton. Contribution / www.heatboxllc.com

He seems equally proud of the times his music connected with fans during intense personal moments. “I sang my original songs for the first dances of the weddings and for the people on their deathbed,” he said. “It’s been a mad rush.”

Heaton has starred on national TV shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “The Sing Off”, although he is somewhat critical of “how fake these platforms can be.”

“We were put in front of a camera and told to ‘meet’ other artists,” he said. “After meeting them, they would tell us something like ‘OK, that was good, but we’re going to do it again and this time with more energy!’ Then we would pretend to “meet” people again. It was stupid.

In addition to music, Heaton is also interested in video game programming and voiceover. He’s excited about the potential to take his voice to the dark side. “If I could play a villain in a cartoon,” he said, “that would be my dream come true.”

On the video game front, he promotes a project called Soul-Players which he says “is making people laugh while also connecting us all with the power of the Internet and raising money for games. charities”. The concept combines elements of video games, improvisation, game shows and live interaction.

Heaton believes the programming he has done for video games helps him understand the technical side of his live performances.

Additionally, “I hid a video game called Ninja Strike on my second album,” he said. “If you can find a Windows computer with a CD tray, you can play the game.”

As Heaton puts it, her Chatfield show will help her audiences “get funky and move their boots.”

If you are going to

What: Heatbox

When: 8 p.m. Friday October 8

Where: Behind the scenes at the Chatfield Center for the Arts, 405 Main Street S., Chatfield

Cost: $ 20 in advance, $ 25 at the door, $ 15 live; www.chatfieldarts.org


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