Beatboxing has been thought to be a cheesey gimmick or for Hip-Hop songs. However, it doesn’t need to be that way! There are many ways that using your voice to sing your drum parts can add creativity and innovation to your tracks. Above is a great example from The Flaming Lips, classic The Soft Bulletin, the song “Feeling Your Self Disintegrate”. Despite having what many would deem to be a cheesy technique, the song retains a desperate, emotional tone and makes for psychedelic magic. Follow me to the jump and we will show you a few other ways to use this technique in a tasteful way!
It is well known that Producer Timbaland, beatboxes a lot in his production. While many of his productions are Hip-Hop, he also takes this into the rock world. The subtle sounds he employs in the “cymbals” in One Republic’s “Apologize” are a genius touch and one of the reasons a very simple song really stands out!
Lastly, one of the best production techniques for getting an incompetant drummer to play a groove is to beatbox and loop it. Often times, a stiff, grooveless drummer doesn’t get how the beat should sound. If you simply sing it to them and get it stuck in their head, many drummers will step up to the plate. Unless you are dealing with a real lost cause, you should get what you are looking for!