BOHDI

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PLEASE, INTRODUCE YOURSELF. WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?

My name is Bohdi and I've been making music for six years.

I’D LIKE TO SPEND A FEW WORDS ABOUT YOUR SONG “AMAZING PT. 1” AND THE RELATIVE VIDEO FROM YOUR EARLIER ALBUM. WE SAW YOU WERE GRADUATING THERE SO, I GUESS, MUSIC WAS JUST A HOBBY AND A PASSION BACK THEN WITH A MARGINAL PART IN YOUR LIFE. HOW THINGS EVOLVED IN YOUR LIFE MUSICALLY SPEAKING SINCE THEN, HOW MUCH OF YOUR EVERYDAY LIVING IS OCCUPIED BY MUSIC?

Yeah, so with Amazing Pt. 1 and that whole album, I had already knew that I wanted to do music for a career. But I was still in school and having to go to class and do fucking homework and everything, so I was fitting music in between that. Today, I'm still not doing music full-time because it doesn't quite pay the bills, so I'm working another job in the meantime. So I still make music whenever I have time and whenever I feel like it, but it feels like less pressure and I like working a lot more than I like going to school so I'm generally happier lol.

I LIVE IN ITALY AND I FIRST DISCOVERED YOU BECAUSE A RADIO PLAYED that song, because it was MADE IN COLLABORATION WITH AN ITALIAN BAND. DO YOU EVER CARE ABOUT YOUR INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCE AND YOUR FEEDBACK ABROAD? DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE, THANKS TO THE INTERNET, IT’S ALL RELATIVE AND FLAT?

That's awesome, I didn't know that song was on Italian radio! But yeah, Cactus? being involved in that song was so so awesome. I randomly found that instrumental on Simone's soundcloud and then they were down to put it out together! So that was great, and then I've gained a bunch of Italian fans because of them and it's really opened Italy up as an opportunity for people to listen and become fans. I can't thank them enough for that. And of course, I love interacting with fans/musicians/etc. internationally, and I'd love to play a couple shows over there sometime.

ONE THING I LIKE ABOUT YOUR ALBUMS IS THE STRONG IMAGERY AROUND THEM, ALSO THANKS TO YOUR BROTHER’S WORK. WOULD YOU SAY YOUR MUSIC DEFINES THE IMAGERY OR IS IT MORE A MIX OF INFLUENCES THAT AFFECTS BOTH?

Thanks so much for saying that! Visual imagery is super important to me and obviously to my brother Kayhl, who does all my artwork and videos. But usually, I'll make all the music first (and Kayhl helps a lot with the music too), and then we'll talk about what we think it's gonna look like visually. Or he'll sometimes just take it and run with it and I'll give advice here and there. It's cool though to have someone accompanying me visually.

HAS YOUR WORKING AND CREATIVE PROCESS CHANGED FROM YOUR FIRST ALBUM?

My process has changed a little bit. First of all, I took a break after finishing the first album before I started writing the second one, to make sure they wouldn't just be two of the same album. But yeah, I tried to lay it all out before we got into the studio to record, as opposed to last time when I was making big changes up until the last second. It's made it a bit less stressful this time around.

YOU SAID YOU STARTED WRITING A YEAR AGO. YOU CAN GO THROUGH A LOT OF THINGS DURING THAT PERIOD, SO I WONDER HOW MANY TIMES YOU DELETED/CHANGED YOUR TEXTS. WERE YOU CONSTANTLY WRITING OR THINKING ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR HAD SOME OFF PERIODS TO CLEAR THE MIND?

Yeah, I wrote at really random times throughout the year. Sometimes I would go like a month without writing much, and there was one stretch where I wrote like three songs in a week. So it all kinda depends but I would mostly just write about whatever was happening to me in a specific moment, then I would try to string those moments together naturally.

I took a break after finishing the first album before I started writing the second one, to make sure they wouldn’t just be two of the same album

THERE ARE MORE FEATURING THAN YOUR FIRST ALBUM, HOw DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR COLLABORATIONS, WHAT WHERE YOU LOOKING FOR?

I think technically there are more features on this album but it didn't feel so much like that. I did work with Kayhl a lot more closely musically this time around, and you can see he's featured on KissAss. But he did a lot of writing too, and that's actually him pretending to do a slow-motion voice in the background of "Just Nice Colors." Then Francesca Blanchard came on too, and I was really excited about that because she's been good friends with my brother and I've liked her stuff for a while. She has an insane voice and was really into what Kayhl and I were thinking for that song, so it worked out beautifully. And I wanted to bring my friends on toward the end of the album, same as last time, cause they're awesome.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE RECORDING SESSION? IS THERE A PARTICULAR REASON WHY YOU CHOSE TO RECORD IN ALMA IN A CABIN INSTEAD OF A STUDIO?

We decided to record in Alma for a few reasons. First, we had been trying to get into a studio for cheap, but it was not possible. Studios are expensive, the school Zach and I went to l wasn't going to let us record for free (but we did try to make them haha), and none of us had that kind of money to spend on it. Luckily, Zach had all the equipment we needed, and my friend Avery and his dad had just purchased a cabin up in the mountains. I went to college in Denver, Colorado, a few hours away from Alma/Fairplay, and Zach still lives in Denver. So Avery let us use the cabin and Kayhl and I flew from New York/Vermont respectively to go record over there. It worked out great!

WE CAN ONLY SEE YOU DURING THE RECORDING SESSION. DO ALL YOUR FEATURES HAVE BEEN REGISTERED SEPARATELY? HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH YOUR COLLABORATORS FROM A DISTANCE OR DO THEY LIVE NEAR YOU? I GUESS THIS GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK BASICALLY WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD BUT AT THE SAME TIME DO YOU THINK IT MAKES IT HARDER TO SHARE OPINIONS AND IDEAS. HOW WAS IT?

There are only a few collaborations on the album, so I'll talk about each separately.

Kayhl, my brother who made the documentary, is featured on "KissAss." We wrote that song together and he sings it with me, so that all happened at the cabin.

Francesca Blanchard is an incredible singer and musician who is good friends with Kayhl, and she's featured on "Sike." When we were doing an earlier writing session in Vermont (which you don't see in the documentary), Francesca came along and we got the beginnings of her collaboration done. A few months later, they did the actual recording in Vermont, and I was in New York so I just had to give a few notes and trust their judgment. And it turned out beautifully, so I think it worked great.

My friends Aaron, Anna, Earl, and Liz are featured on "Groceries" and "Tomorrow, Yeah" doing fun, short singing pieces. They're all awesome and goofy and great at singing so I had them sort of figure out their own ideas and we went back and forth a little bit. Zach recorded Aaron, Earl, and Liz's parts in Colorado (because they all still live there) and I recorded Anna's part in New York. Then Zach put it all together!

FUTURE PROJECTS?

I'm not sure yet what's gonna happen in the future! I'm taking time off of writing so I don't make the same album twice, but hopefully I'm gonna play a couple shows sometime soon around New England. I'm excited to play the album live. After that, who knows! We'll see.

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