As many of you may know singer/songwriter, Big Phony (real name Bobby Choy) recently unveiled an outstanding double release.
First there's Bobby, an acoustic album written in the classic Big Phony style, with his signature soft, moody vocals, accompanied by his lingering, evocative guitar.
Next there's Long Live the Lie, a nostalgic, experimental foray into electronic new wave. And though Bobby was successfully recorded on a laptop with "a cheap mic" and a "$40 guitar", Long Live the Lie took some doing, including flying out to Taiwan and Los Angeles to collaborate with Enik Lin of iAMMEDIC. The result was an impressive collection which got Big Phony fans doing an aural doubletake.
Bobby...this double release has got folks talking. I see enthusiastic updates cropping up everywhere I look. How do you feel about the response thus far?
I'm so grateful for everyone's support. I really didn't know what to expect. I'm incredibly thrilled at the response so far.
Bobby was recorded in your bedroom, on a laptop, with a $40 guitar. I'll be honest; I didn't know. What was the emotional drive behind this album?
Most of the songs on the album are about "leaving" or "separation", though not all. Especially since moving to Korea from the US (about 2 and half years ago), this theme seemed to be relevant in my life.
I fell in love with "But I Will, Everyday" years ago when I first interviewed you, and I thought the original was flawless...until now. How the hell did you manage to make a perfect song even better?
Thanks for the compliment! I had a different version of that song that I recorded as a demo with my friend Wendy Wang. For this album, I approached the recording of it to be more in line with the rest of the tracks. It's a bit more mellow and perhaps moody?
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