We had the good fortune of connecting with Misty Boyce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Misty, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
As an independent artist, I find myself running into this question a lot, because there are so many hurdles in the music business that feel insurmountable. I find myself forgetting why I love music, and why I set out to pursue it in the first place. When I get strapped enough to have to ask myself why I’m doing it at all, I inevitably come to my north star, which is the love of creation, and then the annoying parts about the industry and business get hazy and become background noise. In short: if you’re more interested in the outcome than in the process, give up immediately.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a songwriter and performing artist in my own right, but I also support other artists playing and programming keyboards and singing background vocals. I’ve worked and toured with the likes of Sting, Børns, Sara Bareilles, Lord Huron, and Alina Baraz. Right after college, I moved to NYC and hit the ground running responding to every Craigslist add I could find looking for a keyboard player, and eventually found myself moving in some very exciting musical circles that orbited venues on the Lower East Side. It took about 7 years to land my first “big” gig playing with Sara Bareilles, so I’d say I put my time in, and while it wasn’t easy, the process of “becoming” was/is very exciting.
The biggest lesson I’ve taken from the ride is that “success” is a moving target. I’ve “made it” several times, and then still have to wake up the next day and try to be a good person, make good decisions, keep striving for something. There’s no end. So, if you’re fixated on one specific goal, don’t be surprised if you’re immensely disappointed after achieving it. Life doesn’t stop like a movie once you get your white whale. And nothing can prepare you for getting your white whale and then realizing it’s blue. Or a catfish.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting me in LA, I’d take them to El Matador beach, Guisado’s in Echo Park for tacos, a hike in Griffith Park, Dayglow for coffee, Sqirl for brunch, and I’d make all my friends get together to play Celebrity.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve had so much help along the way, but the most important and sustaining support has come from my family. All four of my parents, and my paternal grandmother, were and are the only reason I could even begin to follow my dreams.
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