Get To Know Davy Boi
LA based artist Davy Boi gifted us with his latest release “Do What You Gotta Do” earlier in October and is gearing up for a run of releases throughout the next few months.
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Influenced by the likes of Troye Sivan & Frank Ocean, Davy Boi is no stranger to being different and tells his story through his songwriting and artistry, it’s clear to see that he has no fear in holding back to get what is rightfully his. Check out his self-directed video clip, then read on to get to know the rising talent!
“Being black, albino, and queer all at the same time has been magical. I think it was God’s way of saying ‘Go do something cool kid. Get yo’ life.’” - Davy Boi
Where are you currently living?
Los Angeles, CA
What’s your earliest memory of music?
The earliest musical memory I remember that affected me most was a memory when I was 6 or 7 years old and I was having a sleepover at an older cousin’s home and I remember casually singing to myself and her asking me why I was singing and me replying that I wanted to be a singer and then her telling me that I’d never be a singer because I didn’t have the voice. -- That stayed with me because I’m an assertive and driven person and I knew then that although I thought I had “the voice” I’d make sure everyone elese thought so too, so I actually started classical voice training & piano at a local university the very next month.
What artists have inspired and influenced you the most?
Based on just performance & emotion Aretha Franklin has been one of my biggest influences. Carole King’s songwriting I think has informed the kind of songwriter I wanted to be growing up. Artistically I don’t think I really ever wanted to mold myself after one particular artist but Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Troye Sivan, Frank Ocean, Lauryn Hill, Miguel, etc. are all artists who I’ve watched for cues.
What are some of your favorite records of all time, and why?
Bridge Over Troubled Water performed by Aretha Franklin, Teenage Dream by Katy Perry, Diamonds by Rihanna, Bad Romance by Lady Gaga, Take Care by Drake x Rihanna.
Bridge is just a special song and Aretha’s vocal on this is just pure emotion paired with the simple arrangement and gospel backgrounds, the song is iconic. I will walk down the aisle and get married to Teenage Dream because it lyrically says everything I’d wanna say to my partner in love & the music is so exciting in it’s chord//melody. Diamonds is just a dynamic power ballad that allows a mid-range singer to just soar vocally and the lyric is just so powerful visually. Bad Romance is one of the biggest pop hooks of all time and it should be, it’s pure power. Take Care is really wear Drake shines by revealing how a emotional and thoughtful a man he is and lyrically showed where he was going as an artist positioning himself a real crooner.
What is the best advice you ever received towards your music?
“Don’t become a lawyer, you’re a musician.” by an Oscar/Tony winner & “Wow, You write radio songs...” by a Warner Music A&R
Any shows coming up?
Opening for B00TY an Los Angeles based Electro-R&B duo on Insterscope in November.
Bardot’s School Night in Los Angeles in November.
If there is one main message you hope people can take from your music, what is it?
My message would be “Come see my live show & feel something.”
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