Yogetsu Akasaka of Japan has been a Zen Buddhist monk since 2015, but he also has a deep passion for music.
After hearing someone beatbox for the first time, he was fascinated by the style and set out to learn it himself! When he became a monk, he wasn’t sure how to pursue the two practices at the same time. Luckily for us, the 37-year-old found a way to combine them — by creating meditative music through looping!
He typically creates his songs by recording different chanting sounds one at a time and overlaying them in an intricate loop to create a thought-provoking masterpiece.
“I believe people need to do meditation and experience something more than the material,” he said in an interview with South China Morning Post.
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What I’m actually trying to do is to make people experience something spiritual or maybe a certain state of consciousness. Live looping has the potential for that: to support the meditative state of mind and allow people to get a spiritual feeling.
His method is clearly working because he and his music have gone viral! People across the world are entranced by his songs and can’t wait for more of them.
“I was really surprised when it spread through other Asian countries, then the U.S. and Europe; I was chanting in Japanese,” he explained. “Since I got so many followers, I’ve started livestreaming in English — maybe only about 20 percent of my followers are Japanese.”
Since he began, Yogetsu has performed live, created a YouTube channel, and had success with livestreams on Instagram. While he’s glad people enjoy his beatboxing, he said, “It’s not that I wanted to gain attention for my ‘uniqueness,’ I just wanted to continue my passion for music.”
What a fun way to combine two of the most important parts of his life! Keep up the awesome work, Yogetsu!
Find out what all the fuss is about in the video below, and don’t forget to share his unique hobby with your friends.
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