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An Interview With Buddah Boy AKA Bodhi

A fresh release from Buddha Boy AKA Bodhi brings out a unique and lush musical atmosphere that blends genres together to create an atmosphere that is almost like no other while still being comfortable and alluring.

"Darkest Night" is a wonderfully woven track and as the artist teams up with Don Husky, it takes elements of hip-hop, pop, and electronica and blends them together in such a unique fashion that the song becomes quickly addicting.

This track boasts a lot of musical and vocal hooks along with melodies and lyrical phrasing that sticks with you for days after the song has ended and the only way to satiate that is to play the song again.

Now, if you ask me that's smart songwriting if I ever heard it.

This was an absolutely fantastical display of production and being able to take textures and bring them together in such a way that the song is bursting with color and flavor.

This single is a message in a way, and it does its job in terms of spreading a level of positivity out there, especially for people that may feel like they're in a dark place.

The beauty of songs like this is that for the artist sometimes it's cathartic to be able to create a song that helps get things off their chest.

For the listener, a track like this helps them feel like they're not alone in whatever struggle they may be in and help show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Music like this is of the utmost importance and I think we need a lot more of this kind of songwriting and approach in pop music.

The use of beats and synths is outstanding here and there was definitely a lot of attention to detail in the production of this track, but it never loses that heart.

And this may be one of the more important things about the song.

The track has tons of heart and soul embedded into it and that just comes through overflowing throughout the course of the songs play through.

The single also has a wonderful Sheen to it that gives it a very radio-friendly feel like you could definitely hear it on a major pop station along with a little bit of a theatrical or cinematic undertone as well.

There are definitely a few layers to be peeled back with the single and with its release we wanted to have a sit-down with Buddha Boy AKA Bodhi and find out exactly where it came from and what inspired it to happen.

We also wanted to find out what might be next for the artist and who he worked with on this track.

Here's what happened.

Buzz Slayers: Okay, let's start with "Darkest Night"! This track had a great flow to it that mended genres together! How did this single come about?

First of all, me and Don wanted to reflect the struggles of simple people and show that the core problems are the same everywhere. Just like Don sings one of his lines on the song: USSR, US, Ukraine, Ontario; no matter where we go, we see the same thing in different covers.

Buzz Slayers: How did this all start for you as an artist? When did you fall in love with music?

I fell in love with music when I was still a kid. My grandfather was a good singer and in general, both of my grandfathers played instruments and often performed live. I started out as an artist when I went to music school for the first time at the age of 10. By coincidence, I started attending the same music school as the vocalist of the legendary Ukrainian band, Okean Elzy, back in his youth times.

Buzz Slayers: What kind of things really inspire songs for you?

I am inspired by life itself. By shades, colors, and shapes. I am inspired by the freshness of the first spring breeze. But that’s the side of me that makes me write spiritual and philosophical lyrics. Although there is also a side of me that is rebellious, and that side of me forces me to step forward and talk about social topics, problems that bother us as a society in general.

Buzz Slayers: This track has some great styles on it! Can you give us some of your biggest influences musically?

My influences are quite diverse, starting from rock and ending with future garage and ambient. I’ve been into different genres of music, and, I guess, that’s the only way to grow if you want to be a true creator. Real art doesn’t know any limits, and, thankfully, today we can create hybrid styles that can mix dancehall and electronica, reggae and electronica, for example.

Buzz Slayers: You collaborated with Don Husky on this song, correct? How did that come about?

Me and Don Husky are on a very similar track musically because we both focus on writing conscious lyrics. So it didn’t take a long time for us to resonate energetically and start creating. Most beautiful and genuine things in this world always happen naturally and spontaneously.

Buzz Slayers: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?

I like to meditate and connect with the nature. Also, I really like traveling solo and exploring new cultures. I am a linguist by profession, so I always polish my language skills and learn something new.

Buzz Slayers: Who's in all your headphones right now?

Lots of stuff, but these days mostly Japanese Hip-Hop, Reggae, Dubstep, Ambient, Future Garage, Experimental Dub, and different Electronic music. I guess, that’s the direction I want to move in musically.

Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?

Currently I am busy recording my upcoming album, Children of the Sun, so I am not in the right space for live shows at the moment. But we catch up and freestyle with fellow artists from time to time.

Buzz Slayers: Did you record yourself or hit a big studio for this?

Don recorded his part in a legendary Andy Horace’s studio in Kingston. At that time I was in Greece, so I went to the Electric Music Studio in Athens to get that underground vibe.

Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?

Right now, I am working on my debut album, Children of the Sun, which is planned to be released this year, with God’s Blessings. Darkest Night is actually the first single of the upcoming album, so it could give you an idea of what the album would be like. Although, the record will include tracks of different styles. I like to experiment.

Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?

Stay on the bright side no matter what. We build bridges. Together we are stronger. We are one family.

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