Artist Interview: “California” by Billy Boguard

Q: Your latest song, California, is a soulful ballad with an ear-catching hip hop backing track. What inspired you to write it?

BILLY: Fun fact: it was suppose to be a collaboration song, but I ended up keeping it for myself! Here, I talk about my conflicting relationship with money.

Q: We love the raw emotion in your voice when the chorus hits. How has singing helped you process your emotions?

BILLY: Thank you for the kind words, singing has always been a very effective way for me to express my feelings, and the chorus of California acts like a cry for help. I often use saturation in my choruses.


Q: We see you worked with British Producer Dom Kirtley on your upcoming EP, “Eros.” What was the creative process like working with him?

BILLY: Yes! He is a great friend and a great Producer. We started recording in his studio a month before the pandemic, then I had to record everything in my home studio and send everything over to him! Now we got a good working method!


Q: What was it about London that drew you to pursue a music career there?

BILLY: I went first to learn the language, then to impregnate myself with the culture, which is huge, most of my favorite artists are British, and London always seemed like the European Music capital to me. There’s a lot of opportunities there!

Q: In 2018, you were on “The Voice” France. What was that experience like and what did you learn from it?

BILLY: “The Voice” was a great experience, it brought me a bit of attention and I’ve learned that these kind of shows are not for me haha.


Q: What has been one of the most significant moments of your musical journey so far?

BILLY: I would say that having my song “Egypt” sang by roughly 100 people (London contemporary voices) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall was quite humbling.

Interviewed by Brynn Hinnant





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