BLOODBOY went from surfer to musician and in this interview, we have the story of how that happened! Her catchy pop music caught my attention and it was great having her answer some questions. Check out the interview below along with her new single “Human Female” at the end.
You were a competitive surfer in high school, how did you transition from that to being in music?
I was actually interested in music long before I started surfing. My parents enrolled me in piano lessons when I was five and I started writing little poems around the same time, so it felt natural for me to fuse the two. I started with classical vocal training a couple of years after that and there was actually a time when surfing and singing competitively overlapped. After the surfing community got wind of my “double-life,” I was asked to perform the National Anthem at a couple of the bigger surf competitions I was taking part in. I remember being particularly petrified to sing at one of them because this boy I thought I was passionately in love with was there and I couldn’t bear the thought of fucking up in front of him. I did, but fortunately he didn’t seem to notice that I had even performed. After I graduated from high school, I decided to go to college instead of pursuing a professional surfing career and that was when I really started taking music seriously.
Describe in a few words the overall concept of BLOODBOY.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time developing the project, both sonically and conceptually, and it’s taken some unexpected turns throughout the last few years but I suppose I’d like people to perceive it as thoughtful, exploratory, and a bit too much.
What was the experience of working with Justin Raisen like?
Justin is a talented producer with a really interesting ear and approach to the creative process. He was the first producer I’ve worked with who really understood the direction I wanted to take the project, despite that my demos sounded nothing like my vision.
What are your plans & goals for 2016?
I’d like to avoid getting anymore parking tickets. It’s sort of an unrealistic goal living in LA, but I’m going to try my best. Also, wrap-up this first EP, do some touring, and start working on a full-length.
Do you have a favorite venue in SoCal that you like to perform at?
I’ve only performed a handful of times since I moved to LA so I can’t really say that I do. However, I did do a “guest performance” with a friend at Bootleg once which was memorable because I’ve seen so many great bands perform there. It’s a charming spot that has sort of a DIY vibe and a decent beer selection.
Do you find it easier or harder to find great music here since the music scene can get saturated?
I love the music scene out here. Before I got really invested in finishing the EP and getting the live show together, I would go to shows several times a week or more. Sometimes I wouldn’t even look to see who was playing, I’d just walk into The Echo or Pehrspace and ask whomever was standing closest to me which band was on. I’ve discovered some of my favorite bands that way. Actually, I chanced upon a PRAYERS show that way and ended up meeting one of my favorite musicians. I didn’t want him to know that I’d wandered in at random though, so I pretended like I was a devout fan. He probably saw right through my poseur ass.
Where can our readers find you online?
My online presence is underwhelming, but come find me!!!! @__bloodboy__ on mostly everything.