IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
ANDREW BOYER: I am from a small town called Flower Mound, Texas
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
ANDREW BOYER: I started writing music when I was 11 or 12, and I’d sing and play around my middle school, because it helped me find who I was, and it gave me a voice that I didn’t have before since then, I have performed any chance I could get, with and without a band, and from places as small as a bar, to a high school crowded gym, to big festivals and sporting events.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
ANDREW BOYER: I want to record and release my own music because songwriting is my greatest talent. The world needs some great songs, and I feel like I could provide that. As a child, I wanted to be a superhero, but when I realized that wasn’t an actual job, I heard about artists doing benefits and music for causes and charities, and I said “Close enough!”
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
ANDREW BOYER: My songs are about anything and everything. They tell great stories from the standpoint of an average Joe. Some deal with hardships whether it be love or poverty, while other songs I’ve written deal with living the high life, and kicking back with a margarita. Each song is it’s own unique animal, in a sense.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences
ANDREW BOYER: Growing up as a Cuban-American, I couldn’t help but be influenced by the Latin rhythms. When I was a small boy, my Cuban grandmother gave me a box of cassettes by all these Cuban singers. That and Elvis was a big influence. That same grandmother would tell me “God, Jesus, and Elvis Presley.” On my dad’s side, he would play a lot of 70’s pop and soul artists like Elton John and Michael Mcdonald, as well as oldies like Nat King Cole and Ray Charles. My mother got me into Motown with Marvin Gaye and the Temptations. Growing up in Texas, I can’t help but be influenced by country artists like George Strait, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
ANDREW BOYER: I describe my music to people as unique. I’ve written many styles of music, but with my voice and sound, you can always tell “That’s Andrew J. Boyer” without even thinking about it. There’s something for everybody. It has a great ability to make you feel like you are the person in the song.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
ANDREW BOYER: What makes me stand out from other artist is the showmanship and the songwriting. When people come to my shows, there’s always something I do that they talk about on the way home. Whether they talk about playing the keys with my feet, or using the mic stand as a pole vault, to wearing very flashy suits. It’s the Cuban in me, we like to be flashy. As far as the songwriting, I make every song very unique, almost like a thumbprint, while still maintaining commercial appeal. I try not to brag too much about things, but songwriting is one thing I really do pride myself in. I don’t write “filler” songs , or “jam” songs. I craft each song as if It were going to be the title track. If it isn’t instantly awesome, then I scratch the idea, and start on another song.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career, and how did you overcome?
ANDREW BOYER: One of the hardest challenges in my career, has been dealing with other local musicians around the area who ridicule me or publicly attack me. They criticize my music for not being “Rock enough” or “too soft.” They call me a “conformist” because of my short cut hair and suits. They think I conformed because I have the tendency to do more Soul/R&B Jazz Pop piano based sounding songs as opposed to the Jam Rock Zeppelin-like material that a lot of bands in my area seem to stick too. It would get me very frustrated at first, because I was being judged by high school kids. The same kids who had just started to form a rock band, whereas I was performing solo since 14. I stepped back and realized that not everybody is going to like me, and that’s alright. I’ve learned to just step back and let my music do the talking. After I learned to ignore that small group of haters, life, and career has become much more enjoyable. Music is subjective, and there’s room for all styles and genres.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?
ANDREW BOYER: As far as upcoming projects, I’m working on the material for a 2nd album, My first album was titled “Universe” which I recorded as a 15 year old. I’m not sure what style this second album will be yet, but it will be more soulful and gritty and bluesier. You ight even hear some more of that Gospel influence.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ANDREW BOYER: Career goals? In 10 years, I’d hope to be still performing for crowds big and small. As long as my fingers can still play the keys, and God still provides me with the voice and writing ability, I’ll continue to perform and write music. It’s the one thing in life I want to do, everything else is just filler.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
ANDREW BOYER: Fans can access my music and contact me through my website at www.andrewboyeronline.com I also have a youtube channel where I upload some of my songs. I’m also on twitter @andyisANGRY, and my email for bookings is firstname.lastname@example.org
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