5 Minutes with Boox Kid | WAMFest 2019 Edition
Introducing Boox Kid, a cross-genre producer and artist whose tantalising sounds you can catch live in a matter of weeks at WAMFest!
Boox Kid is an up-and-comer who’s not only playing WAMFest, but is getting ready to launch a brand new track titled ‘Sentimental Dreams’ in early November. We sat down and had a chat to find out more about him and what goes into his music.
Tell us a bit about yourself and your sound.
My name is Jarred Wall, proud Noongar artist of the Wardarndi Bibbulmun tribe – performing as Boox Kid (as in Books – my daughter came up with the name). My music is best described as melodic electro-pop. My influences are reasonably varied, from The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Bowie to Sigrid, Bon Iver & Francis and the Lights. At the moment, I’ve been listening to a heap of Bastille and their album ‘Doom Days’, as well as Post Malone’s latest gear. I am a huge fan of Miike Snow too. Anything that is unique, melodic and interesting in tone when it comes to vocals.
What sparked your interest in production/ has it always been a big part of your music?
Production was something I always wanted to have a crack at. For a number of years I was writing music with my band Jake and the Cowboys and whilst I loved the band setting, I always wanted to write music that I, solely, created. So I downloaded Ableton, taught myself over the last 2 and a bit years, watched a tonne of YouTube vids on how to use it and now I feel like I have a reasonable hold on it – although there is still a heap I don’t know. With Ableton and the production side of things, the thing I love the most is having the freedom of a million sounds at your disposal. Having that availability can take your songs to areas you may not have originally thought of. It allows for so much creativity.
How did you break into the industry and what have you found the most challenging so far in your career?
Thanks for the love! Not sure if I have broken into the industry yet but I first dabbled in the industry with Jake and the Cowboys in 2011 when we released our first E.P. With the band, I was fortunate to make some friendships and relationships which have been integral to the development of my musical career and what is now Boox Kid. With the band, we had some opportunities that I feel we probably didn’t take advantage of as much as we could have. This was challenging in itself, but I think going through this experience has been beneficial in providing some hard lessons. I think the other challenging aspect is how much social media has changed things too, it plays a much larger role in how things can be promoted and how to reach fans. In saying this though, I think first and foremost you have to have the product! The songs!
What’s your favourite thing about the WA music scene?
I feel like the WA music scene is a tight bunch. Whilst there are a lot of artists out there, most are happy to share and spread the love. A few weeks back I was writing some tunes with Foreign Architect’s lead singer Matt and creating some collaborative vibes. There are some amazing artists coming out of WA and killing it nationally. I feel like the drive in female artists and First Nation artists is bigger than ever, I love it. There are so many artists that I would love to collaborate with – Meg Mac hit me up, if you want some odd electro tracks, I’ve got plenty.
If you could share the stage with any act (national or international), who would it be and why?
Hmm – tough one. Homegrown, I think Paul Kelly would be pretty iconic. In terms of storytellers, there aren’t many better. I think a Thelma Plum/Boox Kid collab would be pretty sweet too. Internationally, I’d probably go with Childish Gambino or Lorde. Stevie Wonder would be amazing, he’s one of the best songwriters – ever.
In the track ‘It’s Just a Dream, Wake Up’, we love that you’ve incorporated samples of your daughters’ voices. Can you tell us about your process involving them and what it means to you to have them involved?
It was really special to incorporate them on the track. I came to them with the idea and said “Loves, do you think you would like to be on one of daddy’s songs and talk about some of the things you might dream of?”. Fortunately, they loved the idea. Of course, I gave them a little nudge and direction when we recorded it, but even after a couple of takes, they really enjoyed it. And now, having the track out there, it’s something they can listen back to when they are older.
You’ve performed at NAIDOC Week 2018, Perth NAIDOC Awards 2019 and the Ashfield Naidoc Family Day. Using music as a tool of expression and unity, do you believe it is important to participate actively within the community and at community events?
I think it’s very important. Music can be a very strong medium for expression. As a First Nations artist my heritage is extremely important to me and it’s within music that I feel I can contribute the most, role model and highlight how much our culture has to offer. I am really excited for my next release ‘Sentimental Dreams’ to be heard by First Nations and wider communities. The song and the visuals that will come with it, will hold deep meaning and I am hopeful people will be able to connect.
We are super excited to see you perform at WAMFest this year! What other acts are you most excited to see perform?
Really looking forward to Lucy Peach, Death by Denim, Jacob Diamond and Riley Pierce. Have heard good things about Adrian Dzuke. Refractory Road features an old high school friend of mine too.
Catch Boox Kid at 6.45pm at the James St. Bar on Saturday 2 November as a part of the WAMFest Live showcases!
Stay tuned for his track Sentimental Dreams, which will be dropping in early December.
Listen to him here.
Check out his socials below.