Beats Myth welcome home.
Michael Adam Chervony aka Beats Myth is Officially the newest edition to the artists Intel family and here is his story.
How did you discover you had this talent? And how old were you?
Ever since I was a child I was always making dope and intricate sound effects to accompany the intensely dramatized world my action figures lived in. I quickly stopped making these punching/explosion noises when I stopped playing with my toys (because that would have just been weird). When I turned 13 I was introduced to beat boxing when I saw an older kid from my neighborhood doing it. Just hearing the incredible noises being produced with his mouth alone and the reaction of the people hearing it had me hooked. I vividly remember going home and trying it out, after some practice I showed my newly acquired skill to the older kids in the neighborhood & they loved it from the start. I was always encouraged to do it by those around me first as a source of entertainment but it slowly dawned on me. I was working with an innate talent.
Describe your self in 3 sentences GO!
I’m an avid believer in the belief that what you put out to the world is a huge reflection of what you pull in – law of attraction. All I need is good people, good food & good music to stay happy. Real before everything.
The name Beats Myth what’s the story behind that?
Let me break it down to you
Beat • the sound made when something, typically a musical instrument, is struck
Myth • person or thing , an exaggerated or idealized conception of a person or thing
Smith • denoting a person skilled in creating something with a specified material
So it’s a real play on words…beats myth the beatsmith
When did you figure out that you want to take this seriously and pursue this full time?
It’s actually pretty interesting how I came to the realization that I wanted to take beat boxing as it applies to my life and the world around me to the next level. I used to work at a tattoo/head shop on St. Marks in the East Village, which you already know is a trippy area. One night after work I was waiting for the F train at the 2nd avenue station, the train was taking forever so I did what I usually do to kill time – beat box.
As I was spitting a simple beat a guy with what I guessed to be a French accent asked me if that was me making the beat & when I replied with “yeah” he took a seat down right next to me … all of the sudden he starts beat boxing himself & signals for me to join in so I did. About 1 minute into it the train came … and so did I, I’m kidding but it was an amazing random experience. He ended up taking the same train as me & told me he’s actually a professional beat boxer, so essentially he gets paid to travel the world to beat box and do what he loves. His name is Ezra, one of Frances best beat boxers & he’s also a judge for the beat box battle championships. It was one of those eye opening, light bulb moments in life.
When you first started performing were you shy?
The first time I performed was at an open Mic event and I started out kind of nervous but once the first few successions of beats came from my mouth & I saw the crowd starting to vibe and all the nerves disappeared.
What do you try and show through your performances?
My main goal in my performances is to keep my beats perfected and smooth to the point that you wouldn’t believe it was coming from a human being … but it is.
What do you tell the people that don’t take what you do serious?
I would tell them to get real.
Describe your self-growing up?
Growing up I was always known as the funny kid. I grew up in Trump Village in Brooklyn New York. I went to Mark Twain which was a junior high school for the “gifted and talented” this is where I started doing photography. I loved it so much I decided to go to high school and specialize in it. Shortly after is when I decided to go to Abraham Lincoln h.s. where they had the # 1 photo program in the country. At Lincoln I also got into sports, played football and wrestled, I always try to stay as versatile as possible and keep a few sharpened swords.
How did you become the person you are today, what events and people were most influential when you were growing up and why?
My mom played a big role in helping me become the person I am today, she has to be one of the most sweetest people I have ever met and I like to believe that her kindness has carried into my persona. I was highly influenced by my friends as well…I always made sure to surround myself with the best because their are tons of goons in my part of Brooklyn so it is vital to find the right group of friends, I really believe the people you associate yourself with are a reflection of who you are.
Brooklyn New York the birth of hip hop, what artists, songs and fashion trends helped you develop your style?
Honestly, I have a deep love for Brooklyn and will rep it until the day I die. Besides the birth of hip-hop, Brooklyn is also responsible for being a melting pot of sheer greatness. My favorite artists would include wu-tang, moss def, cannabis, DMX, Buster Rhymes, Eminem, Big Pun, Biggie, Jay Z and Big L. It goes way beyond hip-hop…it’s a lifestyle. Music evokes tons of emotion and that’s why I love the artists I listen to because I live my day to day life with a certain mindset that appropriately enough these artists convey through their music. Most importantly have swag, Disrespect is unacceptable and just have a good time.
Now that you are grown and just celebrated yet another birthday, how did you see your self grow as an artist through out the years and what things changed about your choice of music and style from when you were younger?
I’m now 21 years old and you can call me a hip-hop head. Back when I was 17 I was going to Pacha religiously…till this day I still love good house music and any type of good music for that matter. I just get more enjoyment out of being a hip hop artist because there’s more room for creativity when it comes to expression. Right now I am the percussionist (with my beat box) for a band called Hippopotamus Funk, the sound we create is unlike anything you have ever heard.
“You can never stop learning “- how does this quote relate to you and give us examples.
I literally learn something new every single day. For example, last night my friend was making some weird noise he’s been making since childhood at the studio. I tried mimicking it and all of the sudden I incorporated it into a beat and it sounded dope.
If you had to live by a quote or do what is it?
“Existence precedes essence”- basically what that means is that man is only what he makes of himself.
Describe a workday in the life of Beats Myth.
This summer my days have been looking like this- wake up, go to the gym, go to school go straight to the studio go to sleep then repeat
What are your most memorable performances in your career to date?
I’d have to say the most memorable would have to be performing with Immortal Technique. That is probably an experience that will always be up there, but I also had an incredible time performing with BEAT BOXER ENTERTAINMENT GROUP at Randall’s Island for Mayor Bloomberg’s corporate summer picnic.
Getting together with Artists Intel, what do you think will come from this newly formed partner ship and what expectations do you have?
I’ve seen Artists Intel grow into what it is today and I’m loving what I see. I know for a fact that it will continue to grow and develop into a name that people all over the world will know & care about. I’m very appreciative of the opportunities that come my way and that I was reached out to. Only greatness will come out of this partnership with events, performances and other great creative outlets such as art.
When some one hears beats myth what do you want that person to automatically think?
What do you want to do for beat boxing /what do you want beat boxing to do for you?
I want to spread beat boxing like it’s a disease. Many people all over the world already know about beat boxing but I want to take it to a new level, give it a whole new exposure. I feel that Hip Hop has a certain connotation behind it and a lot of people are almost ashamed to be fans, this shouldn’t be going on. Beat boxing is only one of the 5 elements of hip-hop, there is also rapping, graffiti, break dancing and dj’ing. I can easily say that Hip Hop has changed my life. There is a certain release of creative juices that flow once you allow yourself to enter a Hip Hop state of mind…what I want to do is make the Hip Hop state of mind attainable for EVERYONE.
If you had a time machine where would you go and why?
I would flash forward 10 years into the future to get a glimpse of the dinner table I’m sitting at so I can give myself a pat on my shoulder.
Favorite places to shop/ Favorite brands
Yellow rat bastard is def. one of my favorite places to shop. I don’t have a favorite brand but I really dig Mishka and Exact Science.
Favorite spot to eat in NY
Yama Sushi by union square.
Name 2 things most people don’t know about you?
1 I ‘m half Russian (Dad) half American Jew (Mom).
2 I have beats playing in my mind at all times of the day.