Boy Radio: Who is Boy Radio? (Laughs). Boy radio is the boy next door. Boy radio is that guy who you see maybe for a quick glimpse at the club, who you make eye contact with for a split second but for some reason he’s the one you think about all night. Boy radio is androgynous at times, but mostly boy in the grand sense of the word. Boy Radio is a fantasy and Boy Radio is me. Boy Radio is a reality and, uh, is a mix of my dreams, my ideals and some of my insecurities and mostly a good time when I do it right (smiles.)
TEOP: What's your favorite song?
Boy Radio: Right now... like in this time? (laughs). I spent a lot of time listening to Miguel’s album recently which is Wildheart. And if we’re talking in the now, it’s really good. There’s a lot of male R&B and pop artist who are doing new things and who are pushing the boundaries. And he, I think he’s a california boy too, has always been pushing it but this album is amazing! There’s a million songs on that album that you can fall into and be enlightened by. And one of my favorite songs in the world is Let’s Dance by David Bowie.
TEOP: What are some of your favorite passions?
Boy Radio: I am very passionate about dance. Probably more than I let on. I think that being as tall as I am, 6’5, and probably as slender and as like, i don’t know, as weird as I look people don’t think I have much rhythm or have much connection to my body but dance is like the most important passion of mine. As well as music of course and performance but for me it’s the fusion of those worlds. I really love film, I love seeing films, I love being inspired by films. And yeah, my friends are a big passion of mines. I try to stay connected with people as much as possible.
TEOP: Favorite Pastime?
Boy Radio: That’s easy. Dance! Dance is my favorite pastime. It’s sincerely as simple as that. Like, my first few years living in New York I would actually go to take dance classes. And I was the tallest one in all the classes. And I would spend, I don’t know, like $20 for every class, which gets really expensive. But that was my thing. And in a way it seemed like a hobby, but because I was doing other things related to dance it made sense to be there. Anytime I have a place where I can feel I like I can move and spread my arms out and dance and really get into it, that’s really my favorite thing. Better than sports, better than drugs, like anything. Give me a dance floor with some space and really good music and you really got me.
TEOP: What are some your fears?
Boy Radio: I think we’re in a really important time in our lives right now as young people kind of coming into a new age and adults becoming better adults. I think a big fear of mine is that we... a lot of us won’t end up standing for something. I think it’s easy for a lot of us to fall into the crowd, and be another face in the crowd. But someone mentioned to me when everything seems uneven, that’s a good time for the odd ones stand out. And uh, that’s what I’m hoping that we do.
TEOP: Who do you consider your role models?
Boy Radio: I have a really great relationship with my mom. She has been there my whole life, clearly, and has raised me. Some of my role models range from a lot of my family, to big artist who have made music and impact on people's lives, just like everyone in the world. But a lot of visual artist, lots of Basquiat, lots of Warhol, lots of Jean Paul Goude. A lot of people who have really influenced and inspired players who are with us and no longer with us.
TEOP: What would you tell your younger self?
Boy Radio: I would tell my younger self, are you listening younger self!? I’d say keep singing, keep writing, cuz that’s important. I would say stand up straight as much as possible. Never be afraid for the things that you can’t change. But always be willing to change them if you think you can.
TEOP: How do you see your future self?
Boy Radio: Um… that’s tricky, in a way. It’s so important to live in the present and it’s so easy to get locked on nostalgia and looking into to the past, and worried about looking into the future. So if I had to, like if you were like you had to or else Imma throw you out this window - I would see my future self as someone who is just present in that moment. You know what I mean. Making a point that whatever the circumstances are, wherever you are in the future, that you’re making the best of it and you’re impacting people as best you can. If you’re performing for bigger crowds, slay. If you’re performing for smaller crowds, slay. And tell Janet Jackson I said “Hi!”
TEOP: What is some of the best advice you've received?
Boy Radio: Some of the best advice I ever received was probably from a mentor when I was younger and coming up. He mentioned to me that its import for any person, especially for people working in entertainment, to have sexuality, vulnerability, and humor. And it’s something that a lot of ppl hold on to very very dearly, and something that stuck with me when I started doing live performances and performance work. And I definitely keep that close to my heart everyday.