Elvis From New Jersey: Talking to Bosco Delrey
Using multiple guitar petals, MPC and drum machines to create a truly unique and irresistible style, Bosco Delrey mixing up sounds reminiscent of Sun Records and Motown, along-side 70′s inspired Brazilian rock, lo-fi guitar twang, modern day dance-hall and electro. He’s getting plenty of praise from Mad Decent label honcho Diplo, who called him “a sort of garbage can Elvis from New Jersey… a teaspoon of craziness, a punch of rockabilly, and a full cup of soul dressed in a leather jacket.”
EF: You’re originally from Jersey but have spent the last few years in Memphis, TN. Has living there had any impact on your sound?
BDR: More like the last year than few years. I came here to finish up the album and ended up staying. I’ve written a few records worth of demos since I’ve been here, but most everything on the new album was originally done in Brooklyn. I don’t know what kind of impact Memphis has had, but as far as I can tell, the newer songs are denser lyrically.
EF: You recently joined the Mad Decent family, how did that end up happening?
BDR: I was working with 77Klash on some tracks and he had a connection with Mad Decent through the Major Lazer project. Klash was the original MC for that before he left to work on his own album. I ended up going to a studio session where Skerritt Bwoy was rapping on a Rusko beat and Diplo was running the show. They’d heard a Chuck Berry cover I’d done and were into it. Things evolved from there.
EF: How was the tour with Magic Kids? Were they actually magic?
BDR: Were they actually Magic? Of course. We all went in the same van and I would sit there wondering whatever happened to band brawls and power struggles. They all got along though and it was pretty strange. Their shows were really tight and I started wondering what it’d be like to play with other musicians.
EF: You’re debut album, “Everybody Wah” is coming out in March. What does the title mean? It sounds like some old 60s call to dance, like “everybody twist” or “everybody do the duck.”
BDR: It definitely has nothing to do with the 60’s or dancing. It’s more of a mental thing.
EF: What influences your sound? Bands, artists, books, science?
BDR: All those things. I’m not the type of musician that plays one style only no matter what the song or the circumstance. I pull from the environment.
EF: Tell me about your leather jacket with Salvador Dali’s face spray painted on it
BDR: It’s home made.
EF: Any last words for the kids?
BDR: Quit mumbling.
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