Markooz - First Spanish Beatbox Champion

Biography

Since his beginnings in 2004 Markooz keeps an evolutionary spirit exploring various aspects of beatboxing culture.
From competitions and workshops to online communities, event management and diverse projects
related to this unique vocal art.
Read Story and Milestones

Story

During his childhood, Markooz (Marc Virgili – Barcelona, 1984) was fascinated when he knew about the ability to create music with the mouth after watching Michael Winslow (Police Academy) and Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) on TV. As a teenager, Markooz got into Hip Hop culture and learnt that ability was called beatboxing. In 2004, a week before turning 19, he discovered MaxB’s website and started creating his first beatbox patterns thanks to Max’s video tutorials. Since then he looked for the main beatboxing sites on the Internet and started practicing daily with the goal of becoming a professional beatboxer.

On june 2005 Markooz debuted at Barcelona’s Apolo club as part of the show Basado en Hechos Reales, directed by Hector Lechón. After performing in several underground hip-hop events, on March 2006 he was invited to join the Break On Stage beatbox battle in Elorrio (Basque Country) winning the competition and receiving his first beatboxing title. On March 2006 he organised the Battle of the Year Ibérica beatbox battle in Badalona, getting a historical participation record in the country and bringing most of the spanish mid-school beatboxers together for the first time. Later that year Markooz created the first spanish beatbox online community together with Daguswan and Drum: Sonorosapiens, which became the main meeting point for spanish beatboxers for almost 3 years. During that time he made several shows, workshops and a 2 year spanish tour with Burn Energy Drink.

On June 2008 Markooz won the First Spanish Beatbox Championship in Salamanca, brought by FACYL Festival and Beatbox Battle®. On May 2009 he traveled to Berlin to join the 2nd Beatbox Battle® World Championship reaching the Best 8 category among 50+ aspirants from over the world. On June 2009 he became a jury member of the 2nd Spanish Beatbox Championship together with Eklips and BeeLow, receiving Beatbox Battle® Special Award for his contribution to the spanish beatbox scene. On July 2009 Markooz participated in a commercial project for the first time recording a spot de lanzamiento TV commercial for McDonald’s promoting the New York Crispy burger, broadcasted in several european countries for 2 years.

As the Sonorosapiens project came to an end, in early 2010 Markooz partnered up with XXL Produkziones (Tarragona) and launched a new online community for spanish beatboxers: Más Beatbox, becoming the main online meeting point for spanish beatboxers for the next 2 years. During that time he organised the Movistar Barcelona Extreme beatbox battle and the 3rd Spanish Beatbox Championship, obtaining an excellent participation index.

In early 2012 Markooz discovered a new beatbox sound, named as “inward bass”, which would give him huge international recognition from the beatbox scene in the near future. In late 2012 he made his first appearance on musical theatre as the main beatboxer at Forever King Of Pop, a tribute show to Michael Jackson supported by the Jackson family.

After 4 years fully dedicated to shows and workshops, Markooz came back to international competitions obtaining the 3rd place at La Cup Beatbox team championship. That was the first international event where Markooz showed his brand new “inward bass” sound, obtaining massive recognition from the international beatbox community. On June 2013 he won the Copa Primavera Beatbox Championship in Madrid. On September 2013 Markooz won the Emperor of Mic wildcard competition and reached the 4th place at the later event in Austria. On October 2013 he recorded a promotional video for Sony PlayStation which obtained the 3rd place at MOFILM India 2013 video contest. On february 2014 he won a wildcard to join the Bscene Grand Beatbox Battle in Switzerland.

Soon after he was invited to judge the Oop’s 7 to Smoke international beatbox battle in Belgium. In mid 2014 Markooz created the Spanish Beatbox Battle® entity and organized the 5th Spanish Beatbox Championship for June 2014. In late 2014 Markooz was invited again to visit Belgium to judge the Belgian Beatbox Championship and soon after went back to France to judge the international beatbox battle La Cup Maurepas Championship.

In 2015 Markooz represented Spain for the second time at the 4th Beatbox Battle® World Championship together with 2 other spanish beatbox champions. On june 2015 he traveled again to France to judge La Cup Sud vs Est beatbox battle. Soon after he was invited to judge the Kalisse Maser Battle beatbox championship in Madrid, Spain. On november 2015 Markooz visited Asia for the first time to judge the Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan beatbox championships. On december 2015 Markooz brought the 6th Spanish Beatbox Championship, celebrated in Madrid.

In early 2016 Markooz joined the AcapelA TV show, the spanish version of BBC’s The Naked Choir produced by Warner Bros. Spain, as a beatbox mentor.

Milestones

Beatbox mentor at AcapelA
Beatbox mentor at AcapelA TV show, produced by Warner Bros. Spain and broadcasted on channel Cero by Movistar+ (spanish private TV).
June 2016

Jury member @ Taiwan Beatbox Championship celebrated in Taipei, together with Faya Braz (FR), Tatsuya (JP) and Double (HK).
November 2015

Jury @ Hong Kong Beatbox Championship
Jury member @ Hong Kong Beatbox Championship celebrated in Hong Kong city, together with Faya Braz (FR) and Fatking (HK).
November 2015

Jury @ Japan Beatbox Championships
Jury member @ Japan Beatbox Championships celebrated in Tokyo, together with Faya Braz (FR), Teddy Lloid (JP) and Taishi Ishida (JP).
November 2015

Jury @ Kalisse Masser Battle
Jury member @ Kalisse Maser Battle beatbox championship celebrated in Spain, together with Grison (ES) and N.Bruto (ES).
June 2015

Jury @ La Cup South vs East championship
Jury member @ championship La Cup South vs East celebrated in France, together with Ball-Zee (UK), Big Ben (BEL), Funkaztek (CH) and Micspawn (FR).
June 2015

Spanish representative @ 4th Beatbox Battle® World championship
Spanish representative at 4th beatbox world championship, organised in Berlin by Beatbox Battle®.
March 2015

Jury @ La Cup Maurepas 2014 International Championship
Jury member @ international beatbox championship La Cup Maurepas Championship celebrated in France, together with Dharni (SG), Hobbit (UK), Faya Braz (FR) and Wawad (FR).
November 2014

Jury @ Belgian Beatbox Championship 2014
Jury member @ 6th Belgian Beatbox Championship in Molembeek together with Eklips (FR), Ball-Zee (UK), Mando (GER) and Primitiv (BE).
November 2014

Jury @ 1st OOP’s 7 to Somke Battle
Jury member at the first OOP’s 7 to Smoke international battle (Brussels) together with BMG (FR) and Ball-Zee (UK).
April 2014

Grand Beatbox Battle 2014 wildcard winner
Winner of a wildcard to participate at international beatbox battle Bscene Grand Beatbox Battle 2014 among 130+ aspirants.
February 2014

4th Place @ Emperor of Mic 2013
4th finalist at international beatbox battle Emperor of Mic 2013.
October 2013

Jury @ Latin American Online Championship 2013
Jury member at latin american online beatbox championship organised by Beatbox Latino Presente.
September 2013

Emperor of Mic 2013 wildcard winner
Winner of a wildcard to participate at international beatbox battle Emperor of Mic 2013 together with B-Art among 80+ aspirants.
September 2013

1st Copa Primavera Beatbox Champion
Winner of the spanish beatbox competition Copa Primavera organized in Madrid by Zombeats.
June 2013

3rd Place @ La Cup European Championship
Third finalist at european beatbox teamchampionship La Cup Beatbox together with Lytos, Musantro & NBruto.
May 2013

Beatboxer @ Forever King Of Pop
Beatboxer at theatre show Forever King Of Pop, supported by the Jackson Family Foundation.
October 2012

Jury @ Spanish Beatbox Championship
Jury member at the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Spanish Beatbox Championship.
2009, 2010, 2014 & 2015

Beatbox Battle® Special Award
Special award by Beatbox Battle® for his contribution to spanish beatbox scene..
June 2009

Quarterfinalist @ 2nd Beatbox Battle World Championship
Best 8 at second beatboxing world championship by Beatbox Battle® among 50+ international aspirants.
May 2009

Show @ Human Beatbox Convention
Showcase at international beatbox event Human Beatbox Convention (Boxcon) by HumanBeatbox.com.
April 2009

First Spanish Beatbox Champion
Winner of the First Spanish Beatbox Championship, celebrated in Salamanca, organized by FACYL Festival and Beatbox Battle®.
June 2008

Showcase @ Beatbox Battle Convention Days
Showcase at international beatbox event Beatbox Battle® Convention Days, organized in Germany by Beatbox Battle®.
May 2008

Break On Stage beatbox battle champion
Winner of the Break On Stage beatbox battle organized in Elorrio (Baseque Country) by Break on Stage.
May 2006

Projects

6th Spanish Beatbox Championship
Management of the 6th official spanish beatbox championship with Spanish Beatbox Battle®. View project
December 2015

5th Spanish Beatbox Championship
Management of the fifth official spanish beatbox championship with Spanish Beatbox Battle®. View project
June 2014

Spanish Beatbox Battle®
Founder of spanish beatbox event management entity. View project
January 2014 – today

groOve – Original Beatbox Wear
Founder of online wear brand with exclusive designs for beatbox lovers. View project
June 2013 – December 2014

3rd Spanish Beatbox Championship
Manager of the third official spanish beatbox championship together with XXL Produkziones.
December 2010

Movistar Barcelona Extreme Beatbox Battle
Manager of spanish beatbox competition Movistar Barcelona Extreme together with XXL Produkziones.
August 2010

Más Beatbox
Founder of Más Beatbox, spanish beatbox online community and beatbox events manager. Main meeting point for spanish beatboxers during its activity.
September 2009 – March 2011

Sonorosapiens
Co-founder of Sonorosapiens, spanish beatbox online community. comunidad online en castellano dedicada al human beatbox. Main meeting point for spanish beatboxers during its activity.
December 2006 – September 2009

Battle of the Year Iberica beatbox battle
Manager of spanish beatbox competition Battle of the Year Ibérica.
June 2006

  • …our country’s king of beatbox

    Sónar Festival
  • Incredible, I’m speechless.

    Kase-O (Doble V)
  • He did a show at ‘CAMON Voces’ that astonished the whole audience.

    Caja Mediterráneo
  • I’ve gone speechless for very few times in my life… This is one of them, amazing.

    Albert Lesan (Onda Cero)
  • …the leading exponent of this discipline in Spain.

    atiende.tv
  • Surprising. Who can set limits to art? Markooz besides being a good artist is a true professional. Congratulations!

    Dpto. Educación Navarra

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