photo by: Tempus Capta
Armed with just a Kaos Pad, Noisy Parrot stands alone, flooding the stage with sound and colour. The colour comes from his self made turquoise jumpsuit and the sound comes only from his mouth. Noisy Parrot is a self contained beatboxing, record scratching, Hip-Hop rhyming, looping wizard. He creates immense soundscapes which he produces live by layering multiple vocal timbres and beats. To loop these sounds Noisy Parrot uses two Korg Kaos pad 3s, we asked why and what is a Kaos pad.
The Kaos pad is a looping device which was originally designed to be used by DJs, but it has since been adopted by loopers, beatboxers and other musicians. It has four banks which you can loop on, plus it’s got a dynamic effects unit. The pad has an X and Y parameter so as you move your finger across the pad it changes the effect, this means you can get really creative when performing in a live environment. The first time I used a Kaos was after my friend lent me one, when I gave it back I went straight out and bought one. It is the only looping device I have ever used.
Once Noisy Parrot has set the backing music he gets to work adding detail to his composition with visionary lyrics. We asked where his songs come from?
I don't have a strict writing process, each time is different. I wrote my first album on the road, my second album I locked myself in a room. I want my writing to enlighten and inspire people to a new way of thinking. I see the world and see all the bullshit and corruption which is disgusting. We as people need to be the change we want to see.
Noisy Parrot uses his lyrics and music as a medium to express himself, but it does not stop with music.
Everything is an outlet, I make everything including my clothes, I even turn my evening dinner into a piece of art. Just as I use everything in life as an outlet, I also take inspiration from everything around me.
During our interview I was amazed that if Noisy Parrot made a mistake when talking he would intuitively make the scratching record sound before correcting himself. He would also scratch-out swear words.
Scratching out swear words sounds much cooler than actually swearing, but the main reason is because I perform on the streets and in public places, I don't know who is listening. I don't want to offend anyone and I know swearing can be offensive so I just scratch it out. I make noises all the time, sometimes I may deliberately practice, but usually I will be sitting on a bus, or walking down the road beatboxing. I worked in a bar, which was ok until a new corporate type started, he liked to do things by the book, needless to say he didn't like my noises too much.
What was it that made you decide to take the leap from secure employment to a full time creative adventure.
While beatboxing at work I started to question where I was going with my life. So I asked myself “what do I want to do with my life”. I decided I wanted to create something beautiful. So I started doing music and making things full time. I took my music to the streets busking, and that has lead to opportunities, including festivals. I love the festival scene, that’s the type of lifestyle I like. You don't need all this mass production shit, all you need is a neat community with everyone looking after themselves. That's what I love about festivals, the small community. During the summer I travel from sight to sight, traveling around on the festival circuit, keeping things simple.
Finally we wanted to know what Noisy Parrot is listening to.
The first CD I bought was The Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. I rarely go out of my way to find music, I tend to listen to the music I’m exposed to. When you buy CDs you are just listening to something you’ve heard before. Being an artist and musician means you hear music all the time. There was a band here tonight (Hip Route) who I got to hear. The live music scene is phenomenal, it's the best music I have ever heard.
photo by: Tempus Capta
Sound Recording by Tom Jobling