Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of mimicking drum machines, using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. It may also involve vocal imitation of turntablism, and other musical instruments like Kazoo. Kazoo is an American musical instrument which adds a buzzing sound to music.
Harry Cruz was the first in the country to use Kazoo and infuse it with beatboxing. This fusion created a harmony of music. Music so good that it carved him an audience from the day he picked up the mic.
HariHaran, famously known as Harry D Cruz, is a 22-year-old prodigy in beatboxing. Harry’s pursuit for excellence has led him be an uncrowned king in the music industry. He has been a beatboxing coach, entertainer, Musicality Beatboxer and was the finest talents to produce the harmonies of a saxophone using his vocal cords.
Hariharan was born in a conservative family, where responsibilities came before dreams. He didn’t let this bother him. Hariharan had seen a dream to become Harry. He was determined to do achieve his dreams.
That meant spending long nights and having odd hours. He would research and practice in the middle of night. He would spend more time in cultural fests instead of attending lectures. If there was something he was sure of, it was his undying love for the art and his burning passion.
Harry was introduced to beatboxing by one of his seniors and beatboxing instantly had him. Passion lead him to learn the art right with the help of the internet. It was his inquisitiveness towards beatboxing that he learnt and mastered how to play saxophone with nothing but his mouth.
Like most artists Harry D Cruz had humble beginnings, he started his beatboxing career by performing at college fests across Bangalore. He was new to the stage but the mic loved him.
It was a surreal experience to face the crowds heat for the first time at the college fest. From this point on there was no stopping him. He was on his journey to become the first kazoo beatboxer from India.
Inter College feasts gave a platform to Harry D Cruz to polish his art and be recognized for it. They opened doors which would lead Harry to corporate events, live shows, concerts. He didn’t stop at this. He graduated from Indian Academy Degree College and took various Workshop to teach beatboxing, for others who were interested to learn from him, his first work shop took place at NIT Trichy national level fest.
By this time Harry d Cruz was a name to know in the beatboxing world. He performed in many events like humming tree, Mahal Keleeravam, Bandhu Mitra and Bollywood Music(a show hosted by Radio Mirchi 95.FM).
This 22 year old served as the Cultural Secretary at Indian Academy Degree College for the year 2017-18. He also became an active beatboxing coach and trained aspiring musicians under him.
30th march 2019 Harry D Cruz judged the Kerala beatboxing championship Long side with Pawan kumar who is Indias top 16 beatboxer organised by Mar Athanasius College of Engineering at Kothamangalam, Kerala
Along with all accolades he received, he has worked with multiple prodigies, achievers, icons, artists. Some of them to cherish are Sanjit Hegde, MJ5 , the director of ISRO, , Rajesh Vaidhya, Akul Balaji and Vasu dixit.
He was awarded as the best performer by Hypnotics Dance Company. Harry D Cruz, has performed on numerous stages which have bought him both fame and recognition including the glorious stages of TedX.
Harry D Cruz has music in his blood stream. It’s phenomenal to see how he brings out his passion in various art forms.