Better Things to Come (feat. Sarah McNeill) - Bo Jolly
Better Things to Come (feat. Sarah McNeill) – Bo Jolly

 

 

ARTIST NAME:  Bo Jolly

 

 

 

 

SONG TITLE:  Better Things To Come (feat. Sarah McNeill)

 

 

 

 

RELEASE DATE: February 2018

 

 

 

 

GENRE: Pop

 

 

 

 

 

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Bo Jolly

 

 

 

 

 

 

State your reason for choosing music as a career.

 

We want to create songs that resonate with people all over the world.  We want to get our tracks stuck in people’s heads, so they’re singing our songs without realising they are hooked.  That’s the dream!

 

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

 

Careful choice of words to build a picture of hope in a few lines of text.  Bit like ‘I spy with my little eye…’.  We work together, as a team, all bringing different hooks to the table.

 

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

 

Bo Jolly are a music collective of songwriters and producers based in London, but working with artists internationally.  Their identity remains unknown, despite speculation…. And we intend to keep it that way!

 

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

 

We have a load of different music projects going on at the moment, so we don’t have a lot of life outside of the music world, but that’s the way we like it!

 

 

 

I guess you could say we like reading about people living through natural and man made situations around the world…puts our own life in perspective.  Love walking and being outdoors in city or country, whatever the weather.  Like thinking about subjects without easy answers, talking apolitically, and hearing other people’s perspectives.

 

 

 

But, like we said… music is life, and life is music!

 

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Discuss your music career.

 

We’ve all known each other since school, we were in a ska group at school and we have experimented with a lot of different genres – electric folk, folk rock, dance, rock, club… the list is endless.  We had a few chart hits under other group names, and have been signed to Warner Music under one of those entities, but we have started a fresh this time around and are being hugely supported by an independent record label and are loving working in a more discreet way, as behind the scenes producers, making amazing music without the whole show of people coming up to you in the street and always knowing who you are.  We weren’t keen on that life at all.

 

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

 

The figment of a fevered imagination washed up on a shipwrecked shore…echoing ‘all is well with the world’, bit like saying ‘Happy New Year’. Feel it now: (run it together) ‘Bo Jolly’…there, that wasn’t so hard was it?

 

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

 

 

 

Cassius ft. Cat Power & Pharrell Williams, “Go Up”

 

Take two images that seemingly have nothing to do with each other, and place them next to each other to create a new one. Do that dozens of times in a row, and the result is this!

 

 

 

 

 

Jay-Z, “The Story of O.J.”

 

It only uses Simpson as a jumping off point, a symbol. By reminding the audience of the horrible racist caricatures presented in children’s cartoons, Jay-Z’s new single helps paint a fuller picture of the violent, despicable legacy of slavery in America.

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Jackson, “Thriller“

 

The hardest decision we have ever made?  Picking between ‘Bad’, and ‘Smooth Criminal’.  MJ classics and this music video needs no introduction.

 

 

 

 

 

Kanye West “Fade”

 

Who could forget the major Flashdance take on this?

 

 

 

 

 

Foo Fighters “Learn To Fly”

 

The wacky cast of characters and the amazing track was perfect in this one.

 

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

 

The world and relationships with people, places and things within it.

 

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Tell us your impression on dealing with paparazzi.

 

We used to have to deal with them a lot, and this was before social media, so the paps actually got paid far more as the photos were all exclusives and celebs didn’t have social platforms to project the image they wanted to the world.   We don’t have to deal with them now, and that’s why we are staying anonymous.  Banksy doesn’t it, why can’t we?!

 

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

 

For ‘Better Things To Come’ we worked with Sarah (Sarah McNeill) who we are working on a few projects with at the moment.  She’s a great vocalist, and really easy to work with.  We fly out to her hometown of Toronto, Canada, and work with her on tracks we have pre-produced.  We get the vocals down and then come back to London to play with the tracks before finalising the sound.  For this single, Better Things To Come, we also have a saxophonist featuring on the track (Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan) – we’ve known him for years; he founded the Average White Band and had recorded and performed with some amazing artists (he has recorded with Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry and many others and has played live with artists including Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan and Eric Clapton).  We love the unusual blend of soul, jazz, pop in this track – it gives it a really unique sound.

 

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Tell us your future projects.

 

We have our next single coming out on 30th June – the music video is out just before then on 10th June, and we are working with a few different artists on the song writing and production side.  We have some singles coming out this year with a drum and bass, house take on pop, so a lot of different stuff going out.  Something for everyone.  Watch this space; you will be hearing a lot more from us!

 

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

 

Just like us, they prefer to remain behind the scenes.  And we don’t like to name drop.

 

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

 

We are great believers in the universality of A= 440 i.e. concert pitch…it allows us to sing/play with anyone else. Music is a collaborative venture after all.

 

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release of songs.

 

Quality breeds quantity these days.  It’s a good idea to release as many tracks as you are ready to, as long as they are ready to a decent level.  You give people options in life; we all like different things so the more you have out there the better.

 

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

 

One can only truly compare ‘like with like’. There is nothing else like a music career, except another music career.  We are satisfied with one career, one love, one hobby, one life.

 

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

 

From a catalogue/ location perspective it’s fine, but it’s not always helpful for artists as we can get type cast, or rather, ‘genre cast’ from just one unrepresentative track.

 

 

 

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

 

Despise is a strong word, and we don’t like to associate it with any kind of music.  There are people out there that love the type of music we aren’t following, and we don’t ‘get’ but that’s what makes it interesting.  What we will say is, we haven’t collaborate with any death metal artists….yet!

 

 

 

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

 

 

 

The Godfather – an obvious choice, but a must!

 

 

 

Bullitt – McQueen’s humility, Bisset’s honesty, counterweights to the violence amidst SanFran’s streetscape.

 

 

 

Fargo – life on life terms when burying the money.

 

 

 

The French Connection – spy-like realism, use of Super 8mm for car chase…based on reality.

 

 

 

The Shawshank Redemption – a great plot and a true story.

 

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

 

Better Things To Come…looking into the future with optimism.

 

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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

 

We are thinking of an EP first, and we’re toying with the title ANONYMOUS.  I think you know why. 🙂

 

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