QA : BOY HARSHER

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1. Who are you?

Jae + Gus.

2. What do you do?

We perform as Boy Harsher.

3. Where do you often create/produce?

In our living-room. This is out the window:
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4. When?

Gus – all the time.

Jae – sometimes.

5. When did you start making music?

Gus – In high school. I was given a guitar at some point.

Jae – Gus convinced me to try in late 2013, but I was still really shy.  I would be just reading some stuff I wrote and hiding in the corner or on the floor.

6. Which track defines you the most?

Jae – I think the most “heard” song is probably Pain, people seem to like it.

But I’m partial to Spell and Last Days.  Hopefully more.

7. How would you describe your own music?

Jae – Sad dance music … maybe?

8. Any track of the moment?

Jae – I play Time to Tell by Cosey Fanni Tutti basically when I get home every night.

Gus – Yello – Oh Yeah

9. What influences your work?

Gus – Not exactly sure.

Jae – Strong women, fighters, modes of desire.

10. What’s your academic background? Are you an autodidact? 

We both went to film school, but in terms of music are untrained.

Jae – I went to SUNY Purchase + then graduate school! My twin had voice lessons and definitely has the singing voice in the family, so it’s funny that I wound up being the one who sings.

Gus- I took some music theory courses in school.

11. Favorite book?

Jae – I love Ray Carver, I read his short stories over and over again. Joan Didion’s Play It as It Lays is obvious, but I love it.Lara Mimosa Montes just put out a book of poetry called The Somnambulist.  It’s beautiful; unsettling and sad.  RRLEW’s twitter feed also always seems to make my day.  

Always need more items to read though.

12. Favorite classic movie?

GusThe Shining.

JaeNight of the Hunter is so good. Robert Mitchum, man of my dreams.

13. Your dream collaboration?

Gus – Gaspar Noe or Denis Villeneuve

Jae – I’d like to sing for a Merle Haggard style country band with all my friends. A ‘bud-light’ tour.

14. Are you analog or digital?

Gus – Both.

15. Which soft wares/tools/ instruments do you use/play? !

Gus – Been using Ableton for about a year now. You can plug anything into that.

Jae – My voice.

16. Describe your creative process?

Gus – Try not to force anything. I work on whatever I feel excited about at that given time.

Jae –  Trying to write down everything I can. Even if it’s not interesting to yet.
Melding our processes is the real challenge.  We delete most of what we work on…

17. When are you the most prolific (creatively)?

Jae – In the middle of the night.

Gus – Varies.

18. What’s your life philosophy? (Optimistic/pessimistic)

Gus – Both

Jae – Both

19. Do you have a healthy lifestyle?

Jae – I just ate a bag of popcorn for dinner, so no I don’t think so.

Gus – I teeter between extreme squalor and a healthy lifestyle.

20. How do you manage your time effectively? (Job/hobby)

We don’t. We’re always running around like maniacs.  

21. Any secret skills?

Jae – I wish.

Gus – I make a pretty good red sauce.

22. Any future plans?

We wanna’ move somewhere warmer. Somewhere with a community. We’re pretty isolated out here. So we’ve been thinking about Florida or California, along those lines.

23.What’s your life motto?

See below.

24. Any “mot de la fin”?

Jae – Keep truckin’!

 

podcast by BOY HARSHER

 

Shows:

January 18th - Manhattan, NY @ Nothing Changes

January 19th - Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville

January 20th - Philadelphia, PA @ 52 HZ

January 21st - Baltimore, MD @ EMP Collective

January 22nd - Washington, DC @ Safari

January 23rd - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter

January 24th - Chapel Hill, NC @ The Nightlight

January 25th - Savannah @ ACAB

January 26th - Jacksonville, FL @ Shantytown

January 27th - Miami, FL @ The Club at Hotel Astor

January 28th - Orlando, FL @ Spacebar

January 29th - Tampa, FL @ Steelworker Records

January 30th - Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic

January 31st - Pensacola, FL @ Open Books

February 1st - New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar

February 2nd - Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar

February 3rd - Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies

February 4th - McAllen, TX @ DSQZBX / Cine El Rey

February 6th - Tuscon, AZ @ Pomoro

February 8th - Los Angeles, CA @ Werk

February 9th - Sacramento, CA @ Press Club

February 10th - San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout 

February 11th - Los Angeles, CA @ Non Plus Ultra

February 12th - Phoenix, AZ @

February 13th - Santa Fe, NM @ ACAB

February 14th - Dallas, TX @ Crown + Harp

February 15th - Atlanta, GA @ 529

February 16th - Boone, NC @ Black Cat

February 17th - Columbus, OH @ Bourbon Street

February 18th - Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class

 

 

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