The 5th Element United: Shodekeh + Max Bent together representing the Human Beatbox, one of the primary pillars of Hip Hop Culture. Photo by Julie Bent.
"Max Bent makes music with his mouth. Beat boxing is the vocal art of producing percussive and melodic elements simultaneously using the mouth, tongue, sinus cavity, etc. Max has 22 years of beat boxing experience and has performed widely in both the real and virtual world. He is best known for his tutorial videos on the popular beat box website www.beatbox.TV. He organized the 2003 DC beat box expo and released a successful beat box themed DVD entitled Foundations. Max is currently developing a beat boxing program for middle school and high school students in Baltimore, MD." - The Maryland State Arts Council.