BOGA is a band that hatched somewhere between Paris, Toronto, and Los Angeles, and is now the emerging act that combines hip-hop with a contemporary and alternative production. Their sounds has heavy bass lines with hypnotic drums and distorted synthesis, along with powerful vocals. In the exclusive premiere of their music video for “What Do You Say,” BOGA gives background on the video and their style, only with The Untitled Magazine.
UM: What is the inspiration behind your music video? Where was it shot and who is featured in it?
BOGA: The music video is an abstract study of a breakdown. It is a snapshot of the internal struggle that manifests when we fight others, ourselves and our situations. So I suppose we could say the video was inspired by our everyday struggles relating to the world as it stands. This video was shot in Los Angeles and it features two up and coming actors Stephanie Hoston and Adam Karst.
UM: Who are your biggest musical influences?
BOGA: We are each influenced by many different things. We are definitely influenced by composers such as Angelo Badalementi, Ennio Morricone, John Barry, Alice Coltrane, along with bands like Massive Attack, Portishead, Nina Simone, Black Sabbath, Shirley Bassey, Mobb Deep, Outkast and Radiohead.
UM: How did everyone in the band meet?
BOGA: We met on the steps of Sacre Coeur in Paris. We both realized we were English speakers and started talking. We lost touch but eventually reconnected through a mutual music mover years later and started writing together. Now we are here.
UM: Who do you hope to collaborate with one day?
BOGA: We would love to collaborate with Thomas Newman on aBondsong, and Andre3000.
UM: Is there anything we can look forward to from you in the near future?
BOGA: We are currently working on a full length release and will be playing live at a space near you soon. Stay tuned.