Boy Epic Talks "Too Young to Love"
Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:01:56
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A pop revolution is brewing in Dallas, TX.
Its leader is Boy Epic. He's got an instantly infectious and inimitable sound and slick swagger. On his latest single "Too Young To Love", Boy Epic transfixes with that certain je ne sais quoi that all great pop stars have.
Boy Epic sat down for an exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com and he opened up about "Too Young to Love" and so much more.
What's the story behind "Too Young To Love"?
I'm going to be totally honest with you, man. I believe if you're going to be an artist, you've got to speak from your heart. I feel like it's best to write material from real life experiences. I went through something with an ex-girlfriend of mine. I was with her for three-and-a-half years. I wanted to marry this girl. I really did. I felt like she was the one, and she felt the same. Unfortunately, life happened. When two kids are in love at such a young age, the maturity level isn't there sometimes, especially when the two people have a lot of growing to do as individuals. I wanted to go in one direction. She wanted to go in there. The timing was just off, and we had to say goodbye to each other. That's basically what the title is. We were too young to be in love. That's what that song was about.
How did it come together?
I took the experience and wrote it. I went to the studio one night when everything was basically falling apart. I told Cut Down Trees, my producer, everything that was happening. I'd written some lyrics. We dug in and started working on a basic beat. We recorded lyrics, and we built the song from there. That's how it came together. We were in the middle of nowhere in Texas. We had a studio in a little garage. The song was actually written and recorded with no A/C during the hot summer [Laughs].
Where did "Wake the Dead" come from?
There absolutely no real life experiences associate with that! I wanted to have fun. Cut Down Trees and I are both really big fans of Michael Jackson's Thriller. We're in love with the whole concept, idea, song, and video. I knew there was no way we could ever top Thriller. I don't think anybody could, but I wanted to have fun like Michael did. We came up with "Wake the Dead". Everybody loves zombies [Laughs].
What artists shaped you?
I grew up listening to '70s and '80s music all the way, but every single day of my life my number one inspiration as far as music goes is Frank Sinatra. I'm very inspired by him and his lifestyle. I'm obsessed with it. I'm a big fan of Coldplay. I like songs and music where there's a lot of emotion. When I was with my father growing up, I listened to The Rolling Stones. When I was with my mother, I listened to AC/DC. You want to hear a funny story?
Did you ever see the movie Kingpin? My dad used to be a professional bowler, and he took me on turn with him when I was a little kid. I grew up around these professional bowlers in bars and bowling alleys. They would all listen to that kind of music. They were cool, and it was a great experience.
What's next for you?
Basically, my whole life consists of working. I'm in the studio constantly. I'm going to start playing a lot more shows, but I'm working on my album right now.
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