Tell us about yourself and your music
Music has always been a part of my life. My father, who was an accomplished pianist, encouraged me to pursue the arts, specifically music. I was playing piano as a toddler, and as I got older, learned to play drums, guitar, bass, clarinet, and other instruments. I’ve played in hard rock and metal bands (even having been the major song writer on a few albums), but always had a soft spot for pop. As soon as home studios were made available to the general public, I purchased one, and started recording original music. Almost as a guilty pleasure, the majority of songs I recorded (and mostly kept to myself), were pop songs – always with a hook ….. all the while, performing and recording with hard rock bands. My “luck” (and trajectory of my music career) changed, in the form of a happenstance meeting with Grammy Award Producer and Engineer (of Backstreet Boys fame), Chris “Von Pimpenstein” Carter. We hit it off quickly, and became friends. He listened to one of my Rock albums, and although he liked the songs, wasn’t too impressed with the arrangements. I told him about my “guilty pleasure” of writing pop songs. I asked if he would produce one of my original ideas. I prodded him for a while (he was “retiring” from producing, and really wanted to focus on mixing), and he acquiesced. He later admitted that he thought we would be an interesting team – he was a West Coast Producer & Engineer, focusing mainly on hip hop and r & b, while I was an East coast rock/metal musician with a penchant for writing quirky pop songs. We set out to write ORIGINAL sounding, radio friendly, pop anthems, and here we are
Talk to us more about your latest release
The title track from my album, “It’s My Choice” has already received some great accolades, having been nominated and becoming a finalist for the 2020 Wammie Awards (the Washington D.C. area version of the Grammys) for Best Pop Song. The album was nominated for Best Pop Album, and I was nominated for Best Pop Artist. “It’s My Choice” reached # 1 on the Itunes Pop Charts in South Africa, and # 133 in the British Itunes Pop Charts. As an artist, I reached # 1 on Reverbnation pop rankings in Washington D.C., mainly due to the album
What inspired you to write this release?
I’ve always sought out to create motivational and inspirational songs – if you’re writing a song, why not try to help others with it’s message. The title track to my album “It’s My Choice” has garnered nearly 200,000 listens so far, and I’d like to think that it’s positive message has something to do with that
Describe the writing and recording process
I’m lucky to have the best producer/engineer in the business. The writing process typically, not always, begins with me bringing him an idea or song in it’s most rudimentary form – I can play most instruments, but lately I’ve been composing on the piano. The next step involves a lot of back and forth, and exchanging of ideas. Luckily, we’re both on the same page, and our goal is to create radio friendly, inspirational anthems, with a twist of originality. We usually let a song sit for a week or 2 before going into a final mix. This gives us a fresh set of ears, and enables us to perhaps add or subtract things that we wouldn’t have otherwise noticed
Any plans to release a video?
Any plans to hit the road?
I’m holding off on shows until things settle down with the pandemic. I am excited to hit the road, though, when things open up
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
As much as I’d like to state that I’m never thinking about how my songs will be accepted commercially, that’s not the case. I know that my music will be heard by more folks if it has a more universal appeal. I do take that into consideration when writing a song. However, I aim to keep the emotion/soul/message strong. People know when you’re faking it. As far as standing out, I think my style of writing, quirky voice, inspirational themes, and strong anthemic hooks and choruses, make my songs unique
Who have you been listening to lately?
I listen to all kinds of music, from classical to jazz, blues, big band, hard rock, metal, pop, r & b, and rap. There’s no such thing as a good or bad song. It’s subjective, and whatever moves you at the moment is what you should be listening to
Who are your biggest influences?
Musically, I’m influenced by John Lennon, Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and a host of others. Otherwise, my influences are those who are able to positively effect millions of people with their messages of love
Tell us about your passions
Outside of family, I’m passionate about music, sports, and comedy. If I wasn’t a musician, I would be happy as an athlete or comedian
What else is happening next in your world?
writing, writing, writing ….. although I like to perform, and there’s nothing like putting on a live show, I take the most joy in creating and recording songs. That’s what I love doing, and that’s what I will always do !!!!!
Thanks for an awesome interview, Eddie Boxxer
Connect with Eddie Boxxer
Website: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1EVyXG1W6InE25XbRjQTVmFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddieboxxerReverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/eddieboxxer