Talk Music Talk with boice is an eclectic weekly music interview podcast featuring long form conversations with musicians, authors, music psychotherapists and meditation teachers, DJs, musicologists, MacArthur Fellows, Grammy nominees and such from all musical genres. From jazz to electronica to Broadway and the Grateful Dead. This podcast allows me to celebrate my passion for music with others who love music and to share how they live their dreams through music. This November will mark the two-year anniversary of Talk Music Talk.
“My work in music, journalism, fashion, and art has aroused my appreciation for the creative process, how it happens, and how it works” says boice. “I’m looking to delve into the inspirations and influences of artists in conversation, and bring out the interaction between creativity and culture with the podcast with both emerging and established artists.”
boice is a Pittsburgh native who now lives in NYC. His musical exploration began with an LP called How to Be an Adult in 2010. Recorded in Brooklyn, Adult is a collection of sixteen pop songs written and sung by boice. When we say pop, we mean in the classic sense of the word: highly melodic, infectious rhythms and clever lyrics. boice loves early Elvis Costello, the Beatles and solo Morrissey. The breadth, diversity and polish of his songwriting shines in the folk-story “Pauper’s Grave,” the easy soul of “Half-Brother” and the insanely catchy power pop of “Itchy Boys”—thefirst single. Adult resembles some sort of one-man jukebox while simultaneously retaining its cohesiveness.
The genesis of boice's second album, Get Me Audio, Vol. 1 (2013) began on an iPad. “The goal was never to create a complete song on the iPad,” boice stresses. “I treated it like a new instrument that could make music anywhere before transferring it to a professional studio.” Apps he used include GarageBand, Soundprism PRO and Gestrument. Scratch vocals served as placeholders for studio processing done by his producer, Ben Rice. Then the keyboardist, David Sherman, retexturized the songs. After boice recorded his vocals in the studio, the album was mixed, engineered and mastered. The breakdown: 85 percent iPad and 15 percent keyboard.
As a writer, boice-Terrel Allen is the author of the doublebook Screwball Comedy/Stories Going Steady, a novel-in-stories and short story collection under one cover. He is also the author of two novels, Janet Hurst and The Daughters of a Mother and the editor of Coloring Book: An Eclectic Anthology of Fiction & Poetry by Multicultural Writers, which was praised by Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked. He holds degrees from both the University of Pittsburgh and New York University's Graduate School of Journalism. Allen has been the recipient of grants and scholarships from the Multicultural Arts Initiative, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation. In 2005, Allen exhibited his first art installation, based on Screwball Comedy/Stories Going Steady, at the Mattress Factory museum in Pittsburgh.