Chris Maylor is a multi-disciplinary freelance artist with two main passions: beatboxing and design. Under the stage name Renegrade, Chris is a professional workshop facilitator, beatbox performer and a UK Beatbox Championships Solo and Tag-team Semi Finalist.
Renegrade's passions lie within group performances and unlocking the true potential that beatboxing has to offer. He brings this potential to life through performances in theatre productions, beatbox battles and student musical ensembles.
Chris' latest projects, a beatbox theatre show called Pied Piper with the BAC Beatbox Academy, beatbox battles as part of the Tag Team Ultragrade and a 6-week beatbox course called An Introduction to Beatboxing demonstrate these passions whilst also sharing them with professional musicians, beatbox battlers and the young people in his community.
With a degree in Illustration Animation, experience in printing and graphic design and support from Arts Council England Chris aspires to merge his many art-forms as he forges a career in the arts.
‘I would recommend this to everyone, it was perfect because I got to learn and experience new and exciting things.’ - Bailey
Group Taster Workshops
Renegrade Beatbox offers a 1 or 2 hour group taster workshop that teaches the basics of beatboxing, a number of different beat patterns and how to combine them with special sounds offering participants a chance to perform what they have learnt. Renegrade's group taster workshops are fun and engaging and suitable for any age or skill level.
‘Renegrade is a great teacher, he is very patient. I want to thank him for making it easy!’ - Luke
Advanced 1:1 Courses
As well as teaching the basics of beatboxing, Renegrade teaches workshops that focus on advanced techniques in a 1:1 setting, offering participants the chance to improve upon their skills in a focused and personal setting.
‘My biggest achievement was making an original beatbox song.’ - Alfie
An Introduction to Beatboxing - 6 Week Group Course
Renegrade Beatbox facilitates a 6 week course that will teach young people the fundamentals of beatboxing and creating acapella music as a group, consisting of 6×2 hour Workshops. The young people will work together to create music made entirely from their own voices, culminating in a performance in front of their friends and family and a copy of an album that they create together. For an example of the music created in these sessions, please listen to 'Look at my Bars' by students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi on the right hand side of this web page.
‘I have learnt how to build up my confidence and show others what I can do!’ - Kacey, The Academy of St Francis Assisi
OCTOBER 2020 PIED PIPER AND THE SILENT CITY
During the pandemic Renegrade was lucky enough to be able to continue R&Ding the BAC Beatbox Academy's new theatre show 'Pied Piper and The Silent City'. Under strict social distancing measures Renegrade and the team continued to create new material combining what they had created with choreography and live streaming scratch performances on Instagram.
APRIL 2020 BACKYARD BEATBOX BATTLES
EVENT POSTPONED. Renegrade will be hosting the Backyard Beatbox Battles sponsored by THTC Clothing at Zap Graffiti in Liverpool City Centre on the 18th of April 2020. Open to any beatboxers that wish to compete for the top stop in a head to head Top 16 battle. As well as a graffiti jam Renegrades students will get the chance to show off their newly found skills in front of a live audience.
FEBRUARY 2020 NOISE ACADEMY
At the start of 2020 Renegrade joined his first music education agency 'Noise Academy'. Hosting a number of workshops nationally in York, Birmingham and Liverpool.
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.
OCTOBER 2019 BAC BEATBOX ACADEMY R&D
Renegrade officially joined the BAC Beatbox Academy as a research and development artist for their new theatre show based on the story of the Pied Piper. Mixing acting, beatboxing, rapping and singing together to make hip hop theatre Renegrade is finally unlocking his potential in group performance alongside incredibly talented artists, producers and directors.
SEPTEMBER 2019 FREE BEATBOX WORKSHOPS
From September 2019 through to April 2020 Renegrade will be hosting both junior and senior beatbox workshops every Thursday at Zap Graffiti in Liverpool City Centre. The workshops are free to attend and funded by Arts Council England.
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.
AUGUST 2019 ARTS COUNCIL FUNDING
In August Renegrade was awarded an Arts Council England Develop Your Creative Practice project grant which allowed him time for research & development to explore new ways of working independently whilst representing himself.
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