Interview: Tim Ischia (Boyeur)

Boyeur are a talented Melbourne indie pop duo about to release their debut EP Gold Street. We spoke to them about their career and their music in this interview.

Hi Tim, welcome to Beauty and Lace and thanks for talking to us.

How did you meet and begin working together?

We actually met all the way back in 1992, when we were about 4 years old. We’ve been friends for a long time but it wasn’t until 3 years ago that we started working together developing Boyeur. We’re very much on the same wavelength when it comes to music so it was a natural progression for us to start writing songs together.

Where did the name come from?

The name actually arrived after a long conversation about the Boyars, who are a part of Russian history. We changed it to ‘Boyeur’ because we liked the way it looked and sounded. Since then it has come to stand for much for us – we aim to make music that is very personal, almost emotionally voyeuristic. For us, the paradox is that the personal character of our songs seems to make them quite universal.

How would you describe your sound?

Think of it as being detailed and intricate. We put a lot of time into ensuring that every corner of the musical arrangement has something interesting going on – so that every time you hear it you can discover something new.

Where does your songwriting inspiration come from and do you have a writing process?

In terms of songwriting we are very influenced by what we like to think of as intelligent pop music. There are certain artists that when you dig deeper into their music you discover more and more. Artists like Frank Ocean, Bob Dylan or Bon Iver – there’s a depth to their songs – they keep giving more if you go looking for it.

Can you tell us a little about your new single Cupid?

Lyrically, Cupid is about being in the ‘friend zone’. It’s never a good thing when you’re into someone but are too slow to do anything about it. It’s like the more time goes by, the less likely you are to say anything. The song imagines a person going through the entire arc of a relationship without the other person knowing anything about it.

Boyeur Press Shot

There is also an EP coming at the end of May, can you tell us a little about what we can expect from that?

There are three other songs that we’re really excited to show to people. You can expect to hear lots of classical strings and hip-hop inspired beats. Each song is coupled with a prelude, which are really short neo-classical compositions that introduce the song.

The clip for Cupid was filmed, directed and produced by Matthew Chuang, how did you come to work with him?

We were really fortunate to work with Matt. We had seen some clips and TV ads he had directed online and were really blown away. The idea he had for the clip seemed really ambitious but we had full faith in him to pull it off. On the day of the shoot it was amazing to watch how good he is – he’s got such a creative mind but his ability to coordinate everyone that was involved in the single take shot was ultimately what made it possible.

Can you tell us a little about the clip and how the concept was formed?

The two of us got together with Matt for a drink one afternoon and he pitched the idea to us. The concept was to have one unedited continuous shot, but have the illusion of time going by. It required a lot of VERY quick costume changes! The clip depicts the rise and fall of a crush the guy has for the girl. We shot the clip in a warehouse in Melbourne. Ari, the owner runs a record store called Plug Seven Records there every now and then. He was kind enough to let us use his records for the shoot.

You have a run of launch shows booked, what can audiences expect from them?

A lot of music! The two of us play all our instruments on stage – 6 in total. We’ve spent a long time crafting a live show where two people can simulate the sound of 6 people. The result is something that’s quite involved as a performer, but it brings an extra sense of energy to the music.

What’s next for Boyeur?

We’ll be releasing more music really soon! We’re currently writing new music with our producer One Above. There are 5 or 6 new tracks in the works. Expect a lot more string quartet arrangements. We’re very excited to go deeper into what classical music can bring to pop music. We really hope to create something that gets people excited about listening to more classical compositions.

Thanks for your time Tim and good luck with the launch shows.

You can follow Boyeur on Facebook, Twitter and their website.

You can catch the launch shows here:

Wednesday June 4
The Vanguard, Sydney

Friday June 6
The Newsagency, Sydney

Saturday June 7
Rad, Wollongong

Sunday June 8
Smith’s Alternative Bookshop, Canberra (3-5pm)

Thursday June 26
The Workers Club, Melbourne

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