Who is Mark Martin?


New York City and Denver based artist and musician Mark Martin is best known for playfully blurring the lines between language and sound through his energetic and dynamic blend of theater, jazz, and beatboxing. Winner of the 2016 American Beatbox Championships and the International 2016 BeatRhyme Battle, Mark has battled in and judged many international beatbox battles including the 2018 World Beatbox Championships.

Martin's blending of storytelling with vocal exploration led him to a 5 year run with international touring musical theater company Voca People, as well as featured appearances on MTV’s hit comedy show Joking Off. Martin has shared with stage with artists such as Desiigner, Lettuce, Gramatik, Thievery Corporation, and Emancipator.

Mark enjoys collaborating with other musicians, especially his partner and 2x World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady as Lightship, winning 2nd place in the 2016 American Beatbox Championships in the 2v2 category.

Martin is a passionate educator who has taught in NYC for over 8 years, in addition to workshops all over the world, and private students via the internet. Together Martin and Mullady created a curriculum teaching beatboxing as a tool for speech therapy. 

Martin is passionate about cooking, and loves to collaborate with dancers.

Major influences: Flying Lotus, J Dilla, Chick Corea, James Brown, Mr. Carmack, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Charles Mingus, Les Claypool, Notorious BIG, Reeps One, Aesop Rock, Bjork, Buena Vista Social Club, Citizen Cope, Danny Elfman, Duke Ellington, Immortal Technique, Led Zeppelin, Primus, Stevie Wonder, The Offspring, Tito Puente, Zero 7