Bound in Beat: Behind-the-Scenes on the New Beatboxing Doc

Bound in Beat «编织节奏» chronicles the unique friendship between a beatboxing instructor and one of his students and looks at the impact which even a simple act of kindness can have on the lives of other people. We talk with producer and beatboxer Dmitrii Anikeev and director Gleb Torubarov about inspiring others, the emergence of beatboxing in China, and the making of their award-winning short documentary.


EastIndie: So, you’ve made a documentary about beatboxing in China. For those who aren’t familiar with beatboxing, what is it and how did you get involved in it?

Dmitrii Anikeev: It’s a new way to make music and sounds without instruments using only your mouth and voice. I first discovered beatboxing in 2009, when someone showed me how it was done. I was shocked and amazed at the same time. From that moment on, it has been an important part of my life.

EI: Where did the idea to make the documentary come from?

Gleb Torubarov: It was just one of many conversations Dmitrii and I had. Dmitrii said that he was teaching beatboxing to a boy (Li Erkun) in Chengdu, in whom he saw something of himself. He wanted to inspire not only the boy, but also other people, by making a documentary. With the support of his friend Luo Xing—a videographer he knew—Dmitrii suggested that I direct and edit while he provided support with financing and other arrangements. So, I happily agreed.

EI: How long did it take to produce the project?

DA: It took about nine months from the first idea of making a documentary until it was uploaded on YouTube. For me it was an awesome process. I’ve never done anything like this before.

EI: How did approach starting to make the film?

GT: Documentaries can be tricky. If you’re doing an honest documentary—without trying to make things up or force people to do something for the camera—you won’t know what you’re really getting into. The only way for us to find out whether we might get somewhere was to start with an interview, so we interviewed Dmitrii’s student Li Erkun in April 2017. That interview gave us insight into some of Erkun’s beatbox idols, including Zhang Zhe and Ah Xin.

Read the whole article on Eastern Independent here.