Boo Seeka have made a very successful music career for themselves over the years with bangers like Kingdom Leader, Does This Last and next up on the list of Boo Seeka hits is their newly released single Days Get Better, the second track to be released for their highly anticipated sophomore album. The duo has put in the hard yards to record their latest material with COVID-19 restrictions but they’ve managed to make it happen, working with Gold Coast producer Matt Bartlem (Matt Corby, Lastlings), and boy has it turned out well! ‘Days get Better’ features the same Boo Seeka sound they’ve become so widely appreciated for, while also dipping into a darker/edgier pop format.
Stick some headphones in, get ‘Days Get Better’ up and enjoy the interview. Ben and Michael provided some awesome advice and insights that anyone trying to make it in the music industry could benefit from reading. Read on below…
What inspired you to pursue music as a career?
B: We both grew up with music playing in the household, that probably steered us to wanting to learn instruments and then into not worrying about anything other than waking up and wanting to do it every day. Let’s be honest here, it’s not exactly the easiest career to do for a living when you start, but when you love it that much you don’t stop and it becomes your career.
M: Music is like a relationship, without the pain. You can experience a range of different emotions through simply listening to music. We get the privilege of taking people on journeys when we get things right.
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Besides making music, what have you done to get to where you are?
B: Constantly waking up and breathing it every day. Listening to people, talking to people and growing our knowledge. But we honestly love it. We certainly don’t know everything about it and probably never will, but living by those simple rules has certainly been a big help to get us to where we are today.
M: We’ve just started focussing on the bigger picture too! How things look, what colours we use, what ties into the next year etc. It’s all a big piece of art and we’re just chucking paint at it.
How do you approach developing timelines for your career?
B: We personally concentrate on different areas, with the other having their input where needed.
Mikey is the mastermind behind everything that goes on behind the scenes with the design work, tours, live streams + keeps me (Boo) to a timeline cause I’m honestly hopeless at that.
M: Yeah, Boo concentrates on writing demos and getting that creative brain flowing. Then it’s thrown over to me to start helping manipulate things to where they end up on the record. It’s unique and will no doubt change over time but it’s working for us! That boy wouldn’t remember to breathe if he wasn’t reminded.
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What is the most significant challenge you have conquered in your career?
B: When we first started we set goals that we wanted to achieve. We feel like it moved so quickly in the first three years, we forgot what we actually accomplished. From releasing our first song, getting on the radio, selling out the first show, selling tours around the world, they are all significant. Currently getting through this pandemic is the biggest challenge to date.
M: We were about to play to about 15,000 people at Beyond the Valley a few years back and I actually forgot the main cord that connects all our gear together for the shows. The biggest challenge I faced was running about 2km in RM Williams boots back to our campsite and back in about 10 minutes to get things ready to play. Reminder to always be prepared.
What will musicians discover from touring and how should they prepare for it?
B: I don’t think you can’t really prepare until you’ve done it and know what you are in for. We would play 365 days a year if we could. Just be prepared for a lot of work if you want to do it right. It can be a lot of fun if you want it to be.
M: It’s not all lights, camera and rock and roll! You’ve got 1000+ people showing up each night to watch you play. You need to perform. You need to be able to ‘back up’. You don’t want anyone to leave the show not feeling like they’ve had a good time.
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How should people educate themselves on current industry issues?
B: I’m going to repeat myself here – Listen, read, talk about it and get involved. It’s a simple answer, but the only way.
M: The biggest power I see today, is change! If you hear, see or witness anything that’s not right, feel empowered to speak up. Words help. Actions change.