The music may catch people off guard and prompt a double glance, but it’s nevertheless a welcome surprise that people can laugh.“[The first time I saw him] was my first week here [at the Bolton crosswalk],”freshman Maggie Mc Millan says. ’ I thought it was cool that people people could do weird things like that and not be judged.”Although it’s a bit out-of-the-blue, the random nature of what Bui does often brings a bit of happiness and entertainment to people’s lives.“I just thought it was cool, because it’s just entertaining.
“It was kind of like this stampede and it was really cool.”Eventually, Bui brought his growing tradition out into the wider world, as he began to carry the boombox around his high school’s campus.
Bui continued his high school tradition during his time at Georgia Gwinnett College, which he attended for the fall 2015 semester before his deferred University of Georgia enrollment in the spring.
He just generally likes to do these fun and silly things.”Bui first began the now infamous blasting of music from a boombox in high school with his wrestling team.
During morning workouts and practice, the team leave the wrestling room and walk to the gym, which was on the other side of the school.“Once we were done [in the gym], and I don’t exactly know how it started, I would turn on the music and carry it on my shoulders as we were running back [to the wrestling room],” Bui says.
The first time he rode his bike to campus and played music during a trial run, Bui tried to carry the boombox by a strap on his shoulder.“[It] was way too unstable,” Bui says.
Soon, Bui figured out that the most efficient way to have his boombox with him was to strap it to the bike instead of carrying it.
Everyday, before he gets on his bike, Bui will pick a song and play it on repeat until he reaches his destination.
When he gets back on his bike to go somewhere else, he chooses a new song to play.
“I told him that I won’t explicitly go out of my way to do it in front of senior citizens or kids, but everywhere else I’ll play it.”Recently, Bui had to purchase a new boombox, replacing the one which had built Bui’s identity.