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By SHARON JENNINGS
Boy Epic has high-energy images in his head and with his excellent film and music talents, he puts them out into the world for us all to see. We’re lucky because this “noir-pop artist” creates sounds so exquisitely vivid it carries us away.
Boy Epic has directed several action videos that feature his music. He must be doing something right because he’s collected millions of hits on his videos and thousands of followers along the way. And those kinds of numbers landed him a deal with Hollywood Records. We asked Boy Epic the Groundsounds.com questions.
Please tell us a little about your latest single, “Wolf.”
The song “Wolf” is about the dark discovery of our subconscious minds. Tapping on the surface of uncontrolled thoughts and melancholy we all share within ourselves.
You wrote and directed the music video for the single. Did you always have an interest in film?
I’ve always had a strong passion for film. I would even go as far to say, it was my first love, but music is right there with it.
“Wolf” is a continuation of your previously released video, “Trust.” What is this video about and what kind of conclusion does the viewer get? Will there be a third part to this story?
“Wolf” continues the story after “Trust” most definitely. At the end of Trust, we see the girl lying unconscious from an overdose. In “Wolf”, the man is trying to keep her alive by serenading her and injecting his mind into hers. But as you’ve seen. He is unsuccessful at this. Ultimately (maybe) killing him in the process. Yes, there will be a third part and conclusion to the story. But the conclusion will be subtle and metaphorical, leaving it open for debate.
Your music sounds like it could be used in a movie. Do you have any sync licensing? In your opinion, is sync licensing the best way for musicians to make money today?
Yes, I’ve been fortunate enough to get my music into TV, commercials, and film trailers. Licensing is very fun for me. I think there are lots of ways for musicians to make money. Licensing is definitely one way to do it. But at the end of the day it comes down to passion, and never losing yourself in whatever avenue you take. I never base my career on making money.
What part of the making music process do you prefer: the songwriter, the filming of the videos, or performing live?
All of it. I could never pick a favorite because I get burnt out and need transitions. A year in the studio. A year making videos. A year touring. Repeat.
What advice would you give new musicians and aspiring directors today?
Once you find yourself in the process of making your art, never lose it. Always stay true to yourself. Don’t let others influence what you create, but always understand you can learn a lot from others. We are all in the business of making magic and we can all learn a thing or two from each other.
What’s next for Boy Epic?
More songs. More videos. Touring and everything in between.