Chris is a multi-disciplinary freelance artist with two main passions: beatboxing and design. Under the stage name Renegrade, Chris is an experienced workshop facilitator, beatbox and loop performer and a UK Beatbox Championships Solo and Tag-team Semi Finalist.
Chris’ passions lie within group performances and unlocking the true potential that beatboxing has to offer. He wishes to bring this potential to life through performances in theatre productions and musical ensembles.
Chris' latest project, a 6-month beatbox course, demonstrates these passions whilst also sharing them with the young people in his community.
With a degree in Illustration Animation and experience in printing, book making, stop motion, puppet making and set design, Chris aspires to merge his many art-forms as he forges a career in the arts.
NOVEMBER 2019 UK BEATBOX CHAMPIONSHIPS
Catch Renegrade compete for the top stop in the country's most prestigious battle events; The UK Beatbox Championships on the 23rd and 24th of November 2019 in London. Having reached Top 4 in 2017 Renegrade will be back with a whole new arsenal for this year's event.
AUGUST 2019 BUDAPEST RESIDENTIAL
Renegrade will participate in Pro-Cult’s Academy for Social Change 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. This a 2 week event involving a huge collaboration of international artists from across Europe.
JULY 2019 LEEDS PLAYHOUSE
Renegrade will be facilitating 2 workshops for 5-13 year old's at the Leeds Playhouse Youth Festival 'Up Next'. These workshops will teach beatboxing as a theatrical tool coupled with movement, dancing and storey telling. These will be co - facilitated with Playhouse facilitator Ellie and will lead towards creating a curtain raiser for the Leeds Playhouse Youth theatre show.
JULY 2019 WORKSHOPS AT NOZSTOCK
Renegrade will be performing and facilitating a workshop for children, teenagers and adults at this year's Nozstock Festival, along side artists such as Rudimental, DJ Zinc and UK Hip Hop legends Jam Baxter and Dabbla.
JUNE 2019 BATTLES IN THE BREWERY
Catch Renegrade competing for his local title at 'Northern Beatbox Presents Battles in the Brewery'. He has taken a few years out of the battle scene but Renegrade is back with a brand new arsenal full of chest rattling beats ready to blow everyone's mind at the Seven Brothers Brewery in Manchester on the 29th of June 2019!
MAY/JUN 2019 BEATBOX COURSE
Renegrade will be facilitating a week long beatbox course for 20 Stories High's young people during their Easter holidays. This will teach the basics of beatboxing and take the participants all the way through to recording their own music and teach them to perform in front of their friends and family.
FEB/MAR 2019 NATIONAL WORKSHOP TOUR
Catch Renegrade facilitating Pre and Post-Show workshops on national tour in support of 20 Stories High and Theatre Rites' professional theatre show Big Up! for 3-6 year old's and the big people that look after them. These will be creative play sessions that aim to heighten community engagement within the arts, exploring the themes of beatboxing, puppetry and creative storey telling.
2018 FRANKENSTEIN: HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER
Renegrade is an Understudy to the main beatboxing role in the BAC Beatbox Academy's Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster. The storey is told through the use of 6 microphones, ''Clicking, humming, harmonising, they conjure up a unique soundscape unlike anything else you're likely to hear on stage.'' The show has since received critical acclaim earning itself 5 stars across the board and a number of awards including an Offie.
JUNE 2018 JUDGING THE N.W. BEATBOX BATTLES
Renegrade has teamed up with Ludo a Manchester based beatboxer, to host the Northwest Beatbox Battles. Aswell as co-managing the event Renegrade judged alongside Jack Banner from Bloc 2 Bloc Entertainment and Flowcase Beatbox Champion Beatfox. The battles ended with Graycloud taking the crown and with local legend Bass Ventura taking second place. Renegrade will be back next year to try his hand at the northern crown.
Renegrade beatbox, making noise since 1992