Adam Dimla is like most students on residence at Humber College, but he possesses a talent not many people can duplicate.
The 20-year-old London, Ont., native is an avid beatboxer. Under the stage name Jager, he has showcased his talent at a plethora of events at Humber, including Humber’s Got Talent.
“You can just tell beatboxing is his passion, he works hard at it,” said Josh Daly, a second-year business student at the University of Guelph-Humber.
“Every time I hang out with him he’s practicing and working on his technique, he’s just committed,” Daly said.
Beatboxing is a musical style or technique, used particularly in hip-hop, in which the sounds and rhythms of percussion instruments or a drum machine are simulated by the mouth and voice. Beatboxing has been around since the genesis of the hip-hop genre and has stuck around ever since then.
Dimla began practicing beatboxing in his mid-teens, but didn’t take it very seriously at first.
“I started about four years ago after watching people on YouTube beatboxing thinking that it was pretty cool,” said the second-year Industrial Design student at Guelph-Humber.
“It started as a joke, but it grew on me as I went on,” Dimla said. “I became addicted.”
“It was definitely an indicator of how much I’ve progressed as a beatboxer,” Dimla said.
Many people began recognizing Dimla as “the beatboxing guy” around North campus. Dimla described it as a weird experience for him, because he wasn’t used to being noticed and congratulated everywhere he went.
“He’s really good at what he does, and people really seem to like his performances,” said Jeysen Pious, a second-year Guelph-Humber Business student.
Dimla is now known as one the best beatboxers nationally after his participation in the Canadian Beatbox Championship.
“This year was fun even though I didn’t win,” he said. “I became more comfortable with the other beatboxers and my stage presence got much better than previous years, because I knew we [beatboxer contestants] were just there for a good time.”
Dimla confirmed he will be a contestant again for Humber’s Got Talent next spring, and is certain he can be one of the top performers once more.
“I’m confident that I could make it to at least the semi-finals.”