SPOTLIGHT: SUNG LEE, Kollaboration New York Winner

Ten years ago, fourteen year old Sung Lee began his journey to become a world class beatbox artist. Inspired by a video of beatboxFX, he practiced day and night and entered his high school talent show despite being told that it was a foolish endeavor. Emboldened by his experience, he has since built a prolific arsenal of noises and sound effects which he uses to create music live in real-time utilizing live-looping technology.


Born in South Korea, Sung moved to New Jersey with his family when he was eight. A graduate of Rutgers University, Sung spent a year at an office job in Las Vegas before moving back East to pursue music full time, performing on the streets, in the subway, and anywhere people would listen, to make enough on tips to pay the rent.

On August 30, 2014, Sung’s perseverance paid off as he delighted the audience and the judges at the Skirball Center for Performing arts, using his mastery of beatboxing and the loop pedal to take home the 2014 Kollaboration New York Title! In addition to Kollaboration NYC, Sung is also a three-time winner at Amateur Night at the Apollo. With both the Apollo and Kollaboration Star titles within reach, the future looks bright for Sung Lee.

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