INTERVIEW: Indie Electro Singer-Songwriter + Ukulelist Boxout

Hi Jordan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you! I’ve been great!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Daylight Runaway”?

“DAYLIGHT RUNAWAY” is a combination of all my biggest musical influences. My favorite genres are hip hop, electronic, and pop punk, and this track contains hints of all three. The song also has pretty solemn lyrics, but I contrasted them with a very energetic, trap-style beat. I wanted listeners to be able to cry, jam out, or both at the same time. It’s truly a song you can enjoy from your lowest of lows to your highest of highs.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

As corny as it is, this song was inspired by a breakup that happened about a year ago. It completely blindsided me at first, but after thinking it over, I realized that it was definitely for the better. This made me think about how the feelings described in most breakup songs can be put into two categories: “I’m devastated” or “f— you!”. I decided to give this cliche my own twist by writing about my post-breakup emotions, which I felt were somewhere in the middle. 

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

I’m planning to! I have a couple friends from college who started a production company, and they helped me make my first ever music video for my song “ALMA” back in May of this year. I was really happy with how it turned out, so we’re gonna try to make another one for this song. Plus, they said I can pay for their services with beer and Taco Bell, which I think is a very reasonable price.

How was the recording and writing process?

I was a producer way before I was ever singing or writing lyrics, so I always finish the instrumental for all of my tracks first. I finished the instrumental for “DAYLIGHT RUNAWAY” last summer, but it took me up until a few months ago to finish writing and recording the lyrics. I tend to second guess myself a lot when writing lyrics, so I delete and rewrite lines many times before I find something I like. This song was also about a very personal topic, so it took me a while to write something that didn’t make me cringe when I listened to it.

What role does Chicago play in your music?

I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs all my life, and I recently moved into the actual city itself. There are so many talented artists here, and I try to learn as much as I can from them. Most of my song collaborations are with friends that I’ve made from in or around the Chicago area, so I would say this city has more influence on my music than anywhere else.

How has The 1975 and Avicii influenced your writing?

I’ve been obsessed with The 1975 since high school. Their songs always convey an emotional message or make a powerful statement while at the same time still being catchy and danceable. I think they set the bar very high when it comes to pop music, and I hope to be put in their category one day. Avicii has been my number one inspiration since I was making my first dinky little songs on an iPad app. His music makes you feel something deep inside yourself, sometimes without using any words at all. Avicii reminds me to stick to my roots and make music not just for other people, but for myself as well. May he rest in peace.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I’ve got dozens of projects that are around 70% finished at any given time. The real issue for me is grinding out those last little details or lyrics to finish a song. I’m trying to get better about that though, and I have some songs in the works that I’m really excited about. You can definitely expect some more singles and maybe even something a little bigger from me in the near future.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Nothing is set in stone yet, but stay tuned for Spring 2022 🙂What else is happening next in Boxout’s world?

These days, I’m just trying to enjoy my life and go with the flow. I work a full time job in addition to being a musician, so finding a balance for my life is sometimes a struggle. I try to make music every day though, even if it’s just a small loop or clip of a song. Slowly but surely, I’m able to make music that I’m proud of. I just know that I’ve got a lot more to do and even more to prove, so you’ll definitely be hearing from me again real soon!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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