May I Present…Beat Rhino
February 9, 2013
The boom, bass and beat behind music exists in the soul of Beat Rhino.
Ladies and gentlemen, may, I present one of the best beatboxers in the country, born in South Korea, and raised in the United States from age ten and on, Moonsoo Jo, has established himself in the world of beatboxing as a genius sound engineer. In 2007, after hearing a friend, Airickq beatbox, Beat Rhino was hooked. He created a music crew with whom he performs alongside, called Lafia Crew in 2008. With the most malleable vocal cords, Beat Rhino is able to mimic and create symphonic beats that sound like they’re coming straight out of the instrument themselves.
A sophomore at UCLA, Beat Rhino is a Mechanical Engineer, who spends his time outside the classroom, if not on stage performing, then perfecting and practicing to create spellbinding beats throughout the campus. Matter of fact, when I met him, he was near the UCLA track bleachers engineering the most wicked vocal beats.
This past January, he won the Wildcard Contest for the Grand Beatbox Battle 2013 which will be held in Basel, Switzerland. He will be the first to represent the USA in the event’s history.
(BScene Grand Beatbox Battle Badges)
So, without further ado may I present,
the U.S representative and
one of the best vocal percussionist in the business
Moonsoo Jo aka Beat Rhino. Daegu, South Korea
College and major?
UCLA, mechanical engineering
What do you want to do for a living for the rest of your life?
music / creative field
Describe your personality in five words.
watery, vast, optimistic, fun loving, hungry
Fan made Beat Rhino Cake:
When you were a little what did you want to be?
the most average person in the world
wisdom, kindness and time keeping (i don’t necessarily own these)
What qualities do you look for in a friend?
i don’t like to think about finding qualities in a friend. there must have been a connection of some sort
For what fault do you have most toleration?
i don’t see things as faults, but just characteristics (at least in my mind). I try to see it as what it is, leaving it at a neutral level, not classifying it as a fault or advantage.
The fact that it has no limits, and my being able to do it anywhere at any given time
In freshman year of high school, 2007 because my friends did it.
it can literally move me. “if you can genuinely move yourself with your own beatboxing, you can move other people.” – reeps one. you can make other people dance without any equipment.
its sounds are inevitably more human compared to electronic music, even for a super clean beatboxer. beatboxing feels alive.
Entry audition for the Grand Beatbox Battle 2013,
What is your most and least favorite food?
kimchi / polenta
What is your most treasured possession?
What are your favorite places to rehearse?
the stadium, gyms
What is your idea of happiness?
your legs and feet: it’s a mode of transportation, and you already own it (unless your legs are disabled; then your hands)
a ferrari TR: also a mode of transportation, but (should be) driven by few people. it looks awesome, and appeals to other people, but does the car really have any meaning?
that i try harder in life
What is your artistic process to learning how to imitate certain sounds?
try to get the exact mechanisms of how that sound works, like do i need to use more tongue or lips?
What’s was one of the top two most enjoyable moments as a beat boxer so far?
when professional beatboxers commented on my video
What is your next event / what is your schedule of performances and where?
Kenya Sing @ UCI, Feb. 27th
Break LA @ UCLA, Apr. 26th
What is your ultimate goal with beat boxing, on a material level (awards and shows ) and on a personal fulfillment level?
1. collaborate with artists that i respect, and gain respect as a musician from both those artists and general public
2. make people smile 🙂
What has been your most recent muse?
clams casino / living a healthy life
1. youtube videos 2. korean tv programs 3. dreaming
Favorite thing in nature:
One of your favorite movies:
One of your favorite artist/ photographers?
One of your favorite musicians:
Favorite place or music that inspires you:
the space in front of Coach John Wooden’s statue at UCLA
What would you advice to others about pursuing their dreams and learning to get good at something they are may be weak in?
spend time with concentration
Whose your role model?
“if you can genuinely move yourself with your own beatboxing, you can move other people.” – reeps one
Thank you Beat Rhino for the Interview & good luck in Switzerland beatboxing your way to number one.