Beatboxer. Rapper. Poet. Sound Healer. Workshop Leader. Host. 3x UK Beatbox Team Champion
London raised Marv Radio (previously know as Marv-ill) is a rapping, singing, beatboxing and sound healing force of nature. He combines his skills to make what he describes as “Hip Hop Healing”. Whether Radio is on stage, teaching a workshop, performing a sound therapy session or in the studio, he aims to leave people feeling better when he uses his voice.
“Music is medicine,” Marv explains. “I always knew music had an incredible ability to uplift people and help them process their emotions. All the great musicians that inspire me have uplifted people through hard times and this is my main intention with the music I make.”
Radio was first introduced to music in his mother’s womb as she played Stevie Wonder and other great music to her pregnant belly through a pair of headphones. “Music and sound has always made more sense than any words I have ever heard. As people we tend to pick up on vibrations and sensations and the words fill in the gaps in what we perceive”
Music has become a massive part of Marv’s identity and has taken him to many places, from France to Lithuania to Gambia and even the Amazon rainforest. “I never managed to fit in at school,” he says. “Hip hop gave me a voice and a way to think for myself and sound led me to all the good things in my life.”
He has been performing at live events for over 13 years and in that time has performed at many top live venues, events and festivals. He is the beatboxer behind First Direct’s “Unexpected Tweet” TV advert.
Marv loves to travel and performs as he does. In 2013 he travelled through parts of South America and in 2016 he journeyed to The Gambia performing, making music and learning more about the healing power of the voice.
“My time in Gambia changed my life. My grandad was from there and to connect with the music scene and the people in general really humbled me and showed me how much talent there is in even that small part of Africa. Everyone is always smiling, even if they are struggling."
Marv Radio’s album “Change The Radio” was released on Bandcamp on June 21st 2015 and is a 9 track journey through personal struggle, travelling inward, meditation, healing and the power of personal transformation. He says; “Change The Radio is a very deep and personal project and I really bare my soul in these songs.” The EP entirely produced by the incredible newcomer Lucien Digwell. “Lucien gave me some of the best instrumentals I have heard in years and as a result my lyrics came out better than I could have ever expected.”
You can download the album at marvradio.bandcamp.com.
Marv Radio’s previous releases include “The Lifecycle EP” which was released as series of videos of beatbox poetry in 2014. at This EP looked at life, death, nature and the ego. The videos can be found HERE
His first release was The Limitless Mixtape, a free mixtape talking about the struggles of being a human in the modern world and the potential of humanity to reach new heights, Both can be downloaded for free HERE
Radio has over 10 years of workshop experience and in that time has taught countless participants from the age of 4 to 80 how to beatbox, rap and write songs and poetry. “I love teaching and sharing the hip hop arts and teaching others is a big part of my own learning process,” he says. “I plan to keep doing educational work for the the rest of my career.”
Marv plans to develop new musical and theatrical material and is working on the script for his debut one-man theatre show. "Through the arts you can achieve many things. I hope to make memorable art that stands the test of time."
Radio says, “I have a mission to share the light I have experienced through music in a way that uplifts people and makes them feel great. Through vocal expression I have found an outlet that allows me to stay true while still enjoying life to the fullest.”
Various O2 Academies
Hip Hop Internacional (Peru)
UK Bboy Championships
Gateways of The Mind
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