For years, Hamilton beatboxing phenom Jason Hachey has been a one-man show — layering beats and melodies into a wash of sound on Hamilton stages.
This July, he’s taking that show on the road all on his own. No road crew, no tour van, not even a sound tech — it’s just Hachey the MouthPeace and a suitcase full of loop pedals, grabbing rides on buses and heading from show to show across the country.
It’s not an easy gig. “But if it wasn’t hard, how would I feel good about it in the end?” he asks.
Audiences can expect Hachey’s patented blend of percussive beats, synths, whammy sounds and scratches at each show, all powered by his voice and crafted into songs on the spot. The whole thing is mesmerizing to watch, and has earned him a slew of accolades, like the 2012 Hamilton Music Award for special instrumentalist of the year and the MuchMusic Beatbox Championship in 2013. Check out a sample of what Hachey can do on the fly in the video above.
He has a new EP on the way later this summer, but for now, audiences in Hamilton can check out Hachey the MouthPeace at his 2014 Western Canadian tour fundraiser at Club Absinthe on King William Street on Saturday, July 5 at 10 p.m.
For more information and tour dates, visit Hachey the MouthPeace’s Facebook page.