The two times champion of ‘La Cup Beatbox Battle’ (in 2010 and 2011, respectively), whose real name is Maël Gayaud, was born in March, 1992. Of French nationality and born in Lyon, he was raised into a musical family, and began practicing with the guitar at the age of 6. When he was 11 years old it discovered the drums, and since that he found a special and explicit way to express his emotions, ideas and thoughts. By instinct he always liked to imitate the drum sounds with its mouth, until he finds out one day, that what he was doing is something called ‘Beatbox’.
He met the beatboxer ‘BMG’ during the ‘Lyon Festival’ in 2008, and with this started his long journey participating in Beatbox competitions all over the world, including the French Championship, just like European and international battles. Throughout this travel he had the opportunities to collaborate on several musical projects, among them groups of jazz, gospel, Irish music and others.
This gave him a lot of experience, confidence and skills to perform on the stages. He won as the champion and the tag team champion in the ‘French Beatbox Championships’ on 2013, and become world champion of the ‘Beatbox Battle World Championships’ at the age of 24 in 2015. In this same year he enlisted under the label ‘Vieilles Charrues’, and recorded a self-produced EP accompanied by Krismenn, called “Kan Ha Beat Box” that was immediately launched and contains 5 titles.
Today as an artist he is involved in hosting educational workshops in schools, associations and music schools. Proving that this not so known music style which can be used in an extensive variety of genres or fusions, and requires a lot of skills and practice, is something that ALEM definitely does, bringing us his own way to create music by mixing hip-hop, folk, trap, and others.