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5th Element :: Profile
As I keep telling you Hip Hop is blowing up all over and is influencing musicians from all over the country. Things seem to go in cycles and whilst it seemed to be dying out for a few years it seems that people like Kela and Rahzel have made this aspect of Hip Hop exciting again and with the likes of Shlomo from Leeds and these guys - the 5th Element from Kent the techniques are resurgent. These guys have a very limited amount of equipment, but yet with their enthusiasm they have managed to put together a tasty 16 minute demo on which they demonstrate a variety of skills and oral beat making techniques. Some of the rhythms these guys come with are fantastic, and they are applying an essentially Hip Hop invention to two step and more up tempo patterns which I guess shows off a beatboxers skills to the max. As well as some instrumentals they have also used their backings behind their own revox of the likes of Lauren Hill or even re-raped some great verses from the likes of Jehst. Our interest was sparked after receiving he guys CD (BTW, the tracks didn't finish properly and the CD player wouldn't move on to the next track properly) and we got them to detail some deeper information about them selves. This is what they had to say:

The name Fifth Element represents our place in the Hip Hop world as beat boxers; beat box is the fifth element of hip-hop (after DJ-ing MC-ing, B-Boy-ing and Graffiti). We are a two strong beat box ensemble; we are Nick Gent and Pat Loughman. Weíve been doing it seriously for about three years. When I say seriously I mean that before it was messing around without really realizing that what we had could be put to use as an authentic musical talent. We want to promote it now as, especially here in Kent, it is unheard of, unique and to an extent, novel.

We are both eighteen and when we have a chance to get out to London; itís off to as many open mics as possible. The adrenaline rush of performing even if just for a small amount of people is addictive. Cause weíre still in school, we get involved with as many events held here as possible which range from jazz concerts, talent shows, recently quite bizarrely a carol service, a hip-hop interpretation of Romeo and Juliet where we featured on opposing sides and the fights were settled through our organic percussion. One thing that I find makes us more appealing is that, similar to the Killa and the other beat boxers like Shlomo, Rahzel and Bizmarkie, we try to implement a level of creativity into what we do; just doing plain old beats gets tedious fast if you donít try to do something with them. Itís the only way beat box can be taken to the next level.

We really got into the UK underground hip-hop scene here in Canterbury where we go to school after getting hold of Lewis Parkerís B-Boy Antiks when re-released on the Bite It! record label. Other influences have to include Jehst, Taskforce and Rodney P, as well as Terra Firma who we have seen in London various times in addition to a number of old school artists. As beat boxers we would have to say Rahzel was Nickís main influence and mine would be Bizmarkie purely because of their energy and the break-through they made to make it a profession.

NICK: I have only lived in England for five years after growing up in Saudi Arabia. Iím half Filipino and half English.

PAT: English born and bred, but Iíve lived in various countries throughout the world, including West Africa and America.

We are two very hard working musicians who value our talents and benefit from making music more then anything and hope this demo can be heard, hopefully enjoyed by as many people as possible and maybe help us build up some momentum. Some of the tracks have some MC-ing just so you can hear an example of a flow over our beat boxing. Jehstís lyrics were perfect for the beat. The vocals done on the Ready Or Not track were from Claudia Kennaugh and you can check her out on indigenous records.

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