Inspired by bands like Blink 182, Nirvana, Metallica, artist's like Lil Peep, Juice Wrld, Odesza, Vanic and more.. Comes Byesadboy, delivering a diverse and genre meshing sound, incorporating Pop Punk, Hip Hop with a touch of EDM. His debut EP Emotional Loner is expected for the fall of 2020.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I would say I genre hop. The majority of my music is rap/hip hop but I’ve been dipping into pop and alternative genres lately.
My sound is an emotional rollercoaster--it’s moody, indecisive and bipolar. It’s like playing Russian roulette with your emotions.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
I used to go by the stage name “Shooks” but when I started working on my debut project Emotional Loner, I felt like it didn’t fit the persona I had created with “Shooks.” I knew I needed to change my artist name and really have an identity that was authentic to me and not this other persona.
The whole theme of Emotional Loner is coming out of darkness. There’s a clear energy shift throughout the entire EP starting at this pitch black point and opening into the light. I originally described it to my friends as saying “bye to the sad part of me.”
I think I was with my girlfriend and this was after I made "Hold My Hand," I was on the couch chewing on my lip like I always do when I’m thinking. I got up and got this quick glimpse of this tattoo I have on my wrist that says, "Hi sad boy" and it clicked and I said “Byesadboy.” My girlfriend loved it and was pushing me to change it. I think it was like a month later when I finally did. It really fits though.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
I’m influenced by artists and bands like Lil Peep, Juice Wrld, Trevor Daniel, Lil Tracy, Blink 182, Sum 41, Marilyn Manson and so many more. I look up to all of them and I am thankful that I’m able to experience their art and their stories. They helped me through some times to say the least.
What really influences me is knowing that I’m not the only one that’s going through something and I can relate to someone I don’t even know. They helped me realize that and I want to help bring that to someone who might need me whether I know it or not.
Their music was my therapy and I hope that I can deliver the same therapy.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Emotional Loner EP. It’s a 10 song project that I’ve been working on for the past half year and will spend the rest of the summer completing.
I dropped a single off of it called “Hold My Hand” a couple of months ago.
Like I said earlier, it’s one of those projects that kinda tells a story throughout the full EP. It starts off very dark and emotionally triggering then opens up a little more and by the end you went through an emotional rollercoaster and don’t really know what hit you.
Got a few surprises that might cause some noise but I’m gonna keep that to myself and my team right now.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My only goals are to create an emotion whether it be happy, mad or sad, to stay authentic to me, and authentic to my fans. Plan of action? Nah, not my style I just wing it and stay me it usually works out.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
“Summer Time Vibes” ft. Snowbands, I released this song when I was going by the artist name “Shooks.” I made it in June of 2019 with my boy Snowbands (@iamsnowbands) and our good friend Steven (@officercovax) as the engineer. The song is an R&B summer song and it has a fun goofy vibe to it.
Snow and I had a show in DTLA and all of our friends were there and we just really changed the energy in the room with that song. Idk if it was cus Snow, Steven and I were all there and just going wild or what it was... but the energy that night was unparalleled and an amazing time.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
It's been tough getting comfortable as an artist. I’ve been behind the scenes in this industry for the past 4 years as a videographer and social media manager, so it’s tough being in similar situations but having to think completely different. Other than that, I’ve had a lot of support and it's been a pretty smooth transition.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Honestly, I randomly have bars that’ll pop into my head. I could be walking, at a party or at the grocery store doesn’t matter it just comes to me sometimes. So I write that down in my notes and then during the week I block off some hours for writing and I build off of that note. Other times, I’ll just throw on beat packs producers sent me and write what comes to my mind. Most of my Soundcloud stuff is just type beats where I’m just free styling.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
The ability to be an independent artist. I’ve been able to take direct action in growing my fan base without major label help. It’s definitely a lot easier than hoping an exec picks you out of millions of others. Really it just puts your fate in your own hands which I think just provides opportunity. However, social media can be deceiving, I’d rather have a fan stream my song 100 times than like 100 of my photos haha.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Here’s my top 10 right now:
My bed - 24kGoldn
Lovesick - Trevor Daniel
Heartlock - Noteventanner
All my friends - 21 Savage
Oh baby - Snowbands
Slimey Drip - 8400 Jet
Interlude - Lil Peep
My Life - Energyneverdiess ft Byesadboy
Through the hills - Corey Patrick
Walkin’ Pharmacist - Codeine Chris
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I worked behind the scenes with a lot of artists doing videography and social media management. Wasn’t really for me anymore.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Don’t get discouraged if you aren’t seeing results, just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean it won’t. Give it time and just keep making music because you want to, not because you expect anything out of it. Follow your heart and dreams and you’ll enjoy the process.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I’d give more creative freedom to the artists but I didn’t come here to tell an exec how to do his/her job.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think it’s always tough for anyone to be original nowadays. Simply just cus what has not been done ya know? However, I do think it’s super important for all artists to try and be as original as possible. One way is sampling sounds from one genre and combining it with a sample from another genre and then you have a mix of all these genres and can try and make something original from that sound. Unfortunately there’s a lot of red tape with this. But yeah if you can be original be original cus that’s how you advance a sound, Lil Peep did it.