Patrick Hirst a.k.a. Ball-Zee is one of the UK's leading beatbox artists and has quickly become established as one of the leading vocal musicians on the world stage thanks to his unique musical style, signature snares and astonishingly realistic sound effects.
At just 24 years of age he is the reigning three times UK Beatbox Champion, becoming the first person in history to win the title three times. Ball-Zee is currently touring his solo show across Europe and beyond, stunning crowds from the Cetatea Brasovului fortress in Romania to London's O2 Academy and Twickenham Stadium.
After a swift rise through the UK's underground beatbox scene, 2012 has been a breakthrough year for Ball-Zee, who was crowned Grand Beatbox Battle Champion in Basel, Switzerland, in March before heading to Graz, Austria, to claim the coveted title of Emperor of Mic Champion, beating seven of the planet's best artists in a nomination-only knockout dubbed as the hardest beatbox battle in the world.
He spent much of the summer performing to sellout crowds at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival as a key member of 'The Vocal Orchestra', one of the festival's most acclaimed shows, appearing live on BBC Radio One and BBC television.
Known for his powerful sharp sounds and precise technicality, Ball-Zee also provided the opening soundtrack to the BBC's coverage of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship round at Silverstone, effortlessly mixing hip-hop and dubstep beats with the revving ng of a 1000cc motorcycle engine.
Able to conjure everything from deep, dirty bass lines to heavy hitting drum beats and crazy sound effects using only the power of his vocal chords and mouth, Ball-Zee can work to demand and as such he is building a rapidly expanding portfolio of high-profile commercial clients that already includes AT&T, Wrigley's, HTC, 3Mobile and Vauxhall, as the phenomenon of beatboxing increasingly grasps hold of the public's imagination.