Q: We really love “Rich Man” especially the line “Well I’ve been poor before, but even then I’d say that I’m a rich man”. What was the inspiration for this track?
BOXER – LENNY: I think to be “rich” is subjective. You can be poor monetarily, but rich in family, and love, or life experiences for instance. I’d like to correlate this with being an artist, and our measurements of “success”. Spanning from 2020 up until now I was able to reflect on a lot of the experiences that our music has granted us. To be able to meet new people, and play in different places. Even having a lot of things set up that would eventually be canceled due to Covid. It’s a very fulfilling feeling to know that our music has made somewhat of an impact. Small or large. To me, that’s what it means to be rich.
Q: What did you enjoy most about making “Rich Man”?
BOXER – LENNY: It was a lot of fun bringing ideas, and aspirations to life for this particular track. Especially on the bridge. We’ve been playing this song live for a good amount of time before recording.
Q: How did BOXER come to be?
BOXER – LENNY: BOXER formed several years ago. I was at a low point mentally, and on an impulse I decided to play an open mic at a coffee shop, and play some of my songs to lift me out of that head space. After my set, Andrew approached me and asked if I was interested in forming a group together. The rest is history, and the songs that I played that night would end up being released as BOXER songs.
Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with, if it could be anyone in the world?
BOXER – LENNY: Very hard question. Justin Vernon but even as I’m answering this I have other people in mind that I would love to work with as well for different reasons. Justin Vernon is just such a sonic pioneer, and it would be very interesting to see how he would help evolve a track that I would be developing. You’re never not learning, and I feel like it would be a very enlightening experience to work with him.
Q: You’re on Long Island, New York. How’s the music scene there?
BOXER – LENNY: New York is a great place for opportunity. I won’t say a bad thing about it. There’s a possibility for everyone to get a word in no matter what your genre of music is.
Q: What ONE song could you listen to on repeat for the rest of your life?
BOXER – LENNY: Another hard question. On repeat I can’t think of anything. Especially for the rest of my life. Think of modern day radio. Your favorite song can be ruined by hearing it overplayed too many times. That song “Someone that I used to know” by Gotye comes to mind as I’m answering this. Right now I could listen to “Ride or Die” by Hippo Campus over and over and it wouldn’t phase me.
Interviewed by Dana L. Sullivan