Artist info

Genre

Hip Hop, Electronic


Sounds like

With, anything, Machines :P


band members

Kodak


Influences

Vahtang, Joel Turner, Rahzel


Bio

BIOGRAPHY / CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Kodak (Karthik Lakshman) is a Beatbox artist from Australia based in Canberra. His career as a beatbox artist began early 2003 when he first heard famous beatboxer “Rahzel” (the godfather of noyze) back in 2003 but decided to take his skills to a higher level after being inspired by the skills of beatboxer Joel Turner on Australian Idol back in 2005. Kodak is currently the face of Drumstick ice-cream Australia’s newest advertising campaign as of late 2012. Drumstick Australia have released two new flavours this summer by the name of “Rock” and “Pop” with Kodak featuring as the face of “Pop”. The commercial is currently being featured on high rotation on Channel V and Fox 8. Kodak’s interview, ads and music video as part of the advertising campaign can be viewed on the Drumstick Australia Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DRUMSTICKAustralia Kodak has built up an extensive resume over his career as a beatbox artist over the years and has performed with some of the biggest names in the scene. Such names include Joel Turner (from Australian Idol) at the Buzz Monkey breakdance competition at AIS Canberra held in November of 2007 and the all great godfather of noise himself - Rahzel in November 2009 at the Espy hotel in Melbourne. He has also performed as an opening act for the famous RnB artist "Slim" from 112 in December 2009 and also made a short appearance on the popular TV show Australia's got talent in April 2010. In the month of April 2011, Kodak opened for Rahzel and MC Supernatural on their Australian tour at the carriageworks platform hip hop festival alongside one of Montreal's finest MC's -- the Narcicyst, in Sydney. A week later he came second in the Australian Beatbox championships at the Fairfield showgrounds in Sydney. In September of 2011, Kodak got an opportunity to perform as a support act for Kurupt (Dogg Pound) at the Maram in Canberra and then not long after, opened for Xzibit at the same place in November of 2011. These two major gigs in addition to his friendship with Big Dave from KP records, earned him a place as a support act at the Heatwave hip hop festival at the exhibition park in Canberra (EPIC) which was held in January of 2012. The festival headlined some the hugest international hip hop artists from the US including Crazytown, D12, Obie Trice and Tech N9ne. Kodak has just released his debut EP – “The beatbox EP” which is a six track CD composed entirely from beatbox sounds. It is a combination of one take recordings where the beatbox artist records a beatbox routine in one attempt (better known as a “beatbox solo”) and layered beatbox tracks, where the beatbox artist essentially “layers” several tracks of beatboxing on top of each other with the intention of creating a full instrumental. The CD tracks are broken down into 3 beatbox solos (tracks 1, 3, and 5) and 3 layered beatbox tracks (tracks 2, 4 and 6) which also feature some of the finest hip hop artists from US and Australia including Luka Lesson (Melbourne), None Like Joshua (USA), Omar Musa and Mighty Joe from the Moneykat crew (Melbourne), Roshambo (Canberra), Hau from Koolism (Sydney) and L-FRESH the LION (Sydney). Inspired by the concept “part man part mechanical” the CD attempts to convey a more professional side of beatboxing with a range of styles including explosive dubstep beats, classic hiphop beats and bumping ethnic beats combined with the raw power, speed and technicality of his beatbox solos. Tracks 1, 2 and 5 can be streamed for free on his youtube channel along with other performance footage and music videos: http://www.youtube.com/kodakbeatbox The full CD can be purchased from Kodak for $5 by direct debit (P & H included). Simply send an email to kodak.beatboxer@gmail.com with your name and postal address to purchase a copy. Also for those of you who are more facebook savvy, don’t forget to hit “like” on Kodak’s artist page to keep up to date with his latest content: http://www.facebook.com/Kodakbeatboxer

Review

Reviewed by Hau Latukefu Hau Latukefu

21 Nov 2011

Triple J
40

I think 'rambunctious' best describes this track. Bass heavy, lyric heavy, spit heavy... all types of heaviness is involved. I've been fortunate enough to see Kodak live in action and he is crazy with his skills and his animated body language. As for the guest vocalist Luka Lesson? He absolutely smashes it. Luka Lesson is an MC/ poet to keep an eye on.

I think 'rambunctious' best describes this track. Bass heavy, lyric heavy, spit heavy... all types of heaviness is involved. I've been fortunate enough to see Kodak live in action and he is crazy with his skills and his animated body language. As for the guest vocalist Luka Lesson? He absolutely smashes it. Luka Lesson is an MC/ poet to keep an eye on.