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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Bossie

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Toronto‘s Bossie radiates pop. The musician, Anne Douris, has released two singles off her upcoming, to-be-named album– “There Will Be Time” and “Meteor.” Both tracks are upbeat gems and available to stream or download for $1 on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Bossie and listen to the singles…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
To quote Britney Spears, “I’m not a girl, not yet a woman.” I still read young adult books.
My oldest friend is a Nintendo. If I spent as much time learning to cook as I spent on Reddit, I probably wouldn’t eat crackers and cheese for dinner every night… but here we are. Thank god for sriracha sauce.

How long have you been making music?
I’m pretty sure the yellow duo-tang of love songs I wrote when I was 11 counts as making music, so let’s call it 15 years. I formed my first band when I was 13, and we played one gig at the illustrious local Chapter’s Books before quickly disbanding, after some kid told me to “never sing again.” Kids can be so cruel!

I never stopped trying (although I did stop singing for a long time), but when I moved to the city (Toronto) in 2007, I started to take it more seriously. I taught myself how to record/mix from my dorm room, and started playing lots of tiny shows to empty rooms.

Who/what are your influences?
It’s a bit of a weird combo. I listen to a lot of krautrock, classic rock, video game soundtracks, ’80’s pop, and tropicália. As a teenager, I would hole up with nothing but an Elliott Smith discography – but I find that as I get older, I gravitate toward things that have more movement – that make you feel good, in the face of all the bad stuff going on.

Artists like James Murphy, Billy Joel, Dur-Dur Band, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Tears for Fears, The Pretenders. In short, I like melancholic lyrics set to poppy hooks. I just think that’s so crafty.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
I’m going to say “There Will Be Time.” Lyrically, it was very cathartic to write. It was very satisfying to give a face to my anxiety. Musically, it was just a blast to compose – I’ve been spending a lot more time focusing on bass grooves, and I had a lot of fun with that one.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’ll be releasing an EP in the not-too-distant future, more singles, more videos. I’m super jazzed to write and record more, and to play as much as humanly possible.

We’ll be doing a small tour this fall (a few North American dates) and want to spend a lot of time on the road in the upcoming year.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I mean the truth is I’m already doing it. I’ve never really had the luxury of this being my only gig – and even if it was, I always have my hands in too many pies. I went to school for radio and television, and working on film sets is still a big part of my life. I work on music videos, indie features, corporate stuff, animated shorts, etc.. Generally directing, editing, or in the art department.

I really want to believe that there’s time to do all this stuff that I like doing. If I had to pick one other thing though, it’d probably be making gross special effects for B horror films.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
There are so many. In terms of who’s out there right now, I’d have to say Born Ruffians. I don’t think you can find more honest lyrics sung by a more wickedly beautiful and unique voice. I think they have some of the finest songwriting to come out Toronto. They are super talented weirdos and everything they put out is a slam dunk, IMHO.

Why do you make music?
Because it’s never easy. It doesn’t matter how long I keep at it, every song is a terrifying messy emotional process where I try to figure out what I need to say and how to say it in a way that makes sense. It scares me, it’s challenging – and when I finally get something to work, my whole world is on fire. It never gets boring.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Is it cool if I put my favourite YouTube video here?

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