“I always had a love of music,” shared Printz Board, who is best known (so far) for his work with the Black Eyed Peas. “I didn’t know to what heights it would go when I started,” but when he did, it was the way a lot of kids do. “I played the trumpet in the band. Jazz band, concert band…all the bands,” he laughed.
His early influences come from his family. “My mom listened to Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, Stevie Wonder. My grandparents listened to lots of classical music, and Nat King Cole, so all of that became a part of what I do today.”
He started writing his own music in college, where he studied music and business. “I realized I could go out and play and get paid, or I could write something and make ‘mailbox money’ — passive income” and that’s the path he followed. “It’s awesome to hear someone play something you’ve created,” he shared.
He’s inspired by “real life. Steven King will write about everyday things that are close to people, things that people can connect to, and I try to do that with music.” (In a much less creepy way, we hope!) ”My album came from being in the studio on a break and I found some stuff I really liked — for me. I’m not doing this to be a huge pop star, I just felt like this was my time.”
As far as being the front man instead of the composer? “I’m more nervous! It’s your name out there. If it’s great, you’re a hero, if not, you’re a zero! I’m excited I have this nervous energy, but it’s still nervous. If you’re the keyboard player, you can do your job and that’s it, but if you’re the front man, it’s 24/7, open to the world. It can get crazy!”
You can listen to three of those tracks he created for himself and that are on the the album below and keep up with Printz as he releases singles, tours and finds out what being the front man is really like this spring.
“Love Love Love”