Chapter 5 – SK Shlomo
InterfAcin Live 25/3/21.
Guinness World Record breaker SK Shlomo gave up his astrophysics degree to perform his impressive vocal pyrotechnics. Since then, he has won global acclaim –working with Ed Sheeran, Bjork, Damon Albarn, Martha Wainwright, Basement Jaxx, and The Specials – continually pushing the boundaries of beatboxing and bringing the art form to new and unexpected audiences.
After appearing on BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland, he formed the pioneering beatbox group Shlomo & The Vocal Orchestra. He gained international recognition through The Beatbox Choir, a TV documentary following the journey of the group’s inception to their sold-out debut show.
As well as an artist in residence at London’s Southbank Centre, SK Shlomo is a sought-after composer, writing for choirs, stage shows, films, and adverts. His works include a score for the BFI’s restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s Downhill, a commission for the Royal Festival Hall’s organ, and a nomination for the British Composer Awards for his piece for the National Youth Choir.
SK Shlomo is a firm favourite on the festival scene, bringing out guests like his friend Ed Sheeran (whom he has taught several tricks), Lily Allen, Jarvis Cocker, and Rudimental. He has played the main stages at Glastonbury more times than he remembers, won rave reviews for his autobiographical one-man shows, and even had a feature film made about him.