This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring This That comp winner and pop queen BOI.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I have been creating music and writing songs for many many years, and I think what has allowed me to develop my sound was listening to an eclectic mix of music growing up, finding songs that liven up my body and energise me or songs that do the opposite and pull on my heart strings and evoke an emotional response and asking what is it about that part in a song that made me feel like that . When ever I make music now for my own solo project, for me it’s just as much about the lyrics as it is the beat and I think having really heavy, sassy brass sounds with gentle, lightly plucked strings create an upbeat Rythym to sing about something that is actually terribly sad, melancholic (Sick of Loving you).
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
PEOPLE and PLACES. First things first I am one of those people who travels somewhere and doesn’t stop talking about “how beautiful” the place is. The environment I’m in directly affects my creativity and my creative output. Also people and stories, wether they are my own, or of someone else. It’s amazing to hear stories that move you, or make you feel inspired and a lot of the time I most enjoy writing with another person (producer) so I can get inspired by the sounds and beats getting made . Thats what I love about music though, songs can come to you at the strangest times. I heard KFlay’s “Sister” song when driving a few months ago. Its such a great song and for me that song inspired me to write a song for my sister - who in the past I wasn’t always the best of friends with - and I ended up writing a beautiful song for my sister after hearing that particular song.
What can punters expect from a BOI live show?
Expect the unexpected. HAHA. I can’t wait to perform at THIS THAT this weekend. What a TREAT. I’m definitely evolving my live show, it’s only been quite recently I’ve stepped up on the stage again so Im getting my groove back and building something wonderful that will give you an experience and not just a show. Im also such a lanky person, I manage to get so into the groove I move around the stage like a flappy flamingo - this is what you don’t want to miss.They’ll be fireworks, confetti cannons, dancing bears ….. yeah expect the un expected
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
“Finish every song “ - Unknown
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
Tracy Chapman - 'I’m Ready'
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
Crowded House - 'Fall At Your Feet'
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
The Living End - 'Prisoner of Society'
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
Went and saw A.GIRL at The Beresford (she’s a friend) and a killer artist. Check her out!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Newcastle music community that inspire you.
There are a lot of talented people in the Newcastle Community. Zackari Watt is someone who not only contributes so much to the art community in Newcastle, he is also a phenomenal singer and used to be the lead singer in a band MOUSEMOON that I was obsessed with at the age of 16. I met him years later just at a mutual friends house and tried not to fan out, but totally did, and ended up recording two tracks to post up on his “One song everyday for the rest of my life” challenge he set for himself. Red City is also a band I saw a while ago and is worth noting. The Lass O’Gowrie is the place to see a mixture of intimate, original acts .
What are your plans for the rest of 2019/2020?
I can’t believe this year is almost over. MAN! I am actually heading to LA in a few weeks for a writing trip with some insanely talented people. One of which is producer Justin Stanley who produced Prince’s last album . Thats going to be really inspiring and such a memorable trip. Next year I will be releasing more singles and hopefully playing at as many festivals around the country as I can. Then perhaps a little cheeky tour.
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