Jewish Guy of the Week – Josh aka The Orthobox

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Rachel: What brought you to DC?
Josh: As a engineering student at the University of Maryland and with a sister who recently graduated from GW, there are more than enough reasons to frequent our nation’s capital.

Rachel: You’re nicknamed the Orthobox.  When did you discover your beat boxing talent?
Josh: In middle school I started getting into Matisyahu and once I heard him beatbox, I decided that I wanted a piece of the awesomeness.  Add that to the fact that I wasn’t allowed to play drums growing up (something about a noise complaint…) and beatboxing was a perfect option.  I actually sucked when I first started out (I still blush when I watch my early Youtube videos).  When I say that I sucked, thats not humility.  It means close family members were passionately opposed to the new “musician” in the house.  But I worked at it through high school and into college and continue developing my live shows, Youtube tutorials, and loopstation music.  So to make a long story short, I wasn’t born beatboxing but I started working at it in high school.

Rachel: When can we catch your next show?386883_277466202357227_2033786564_n
Josh: Besides for Open Mics around the DC area, I hope to do some serious street performing in Du Pont Circle in the early fall.  Or just give me a mic and a speaker and I’m your man.

Rachel: What is your favorite Jewish holiday?
Josh: Rosh Hashanah.  It carries all of the introspection and thinking that Jews are known for but still allows for the social festivities of meals etc.  And a orchard’s worth of apples and honey doesn’t hurt.

Rachel: Who is the coolest Jew?
Josh: Albert Einstein fo’ sho.  After taking 2 years of engineering work, it’s humbling to know that I still have absolutely no idea what’s flying mathematically in any of his Theories of Relativity.  He was a brilliant mind, activist, thinker, and human being.  And a Jew to boot.

Rachel: Finish the sentence: When the Jews gather…
Josh: It’s probably time to daven Shacharis.