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Meet AJ Jaramaz aka boyhood.

Today we’d like to introduce you to AJ Jaramaz aka boyhood.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Yeah! So my parents immigrated to Pittsburgh from Croatia just before I was born, which is where I spent my childhood. We didn’t have a super musical household but my mom put us in piano lessons when we were little and played a lot of classic rock & folk in the house. I was a super shy kid and never did much performing or recording, but was constantly writing songs in my bedroom.

I moved to LA for college, and during my junior year, I heard about an audio engineering class that was taught in the film school but open to anyone that showed up on time the first day. It was a tiny class taught on Friday nights, wasn’t for credit, but everyone in it was really passionate, and if you made it all the way through, you got to rent out the recording facilities and gear in the film school. I ended up taking a few engineering classes and Pro Tools certifications through that same professor and spent most of my junior and senior year trying to cram in as much time as possible recording and editing in that building.

After graduating, I just tried to learn as much as I could about production and recording on a small budget from youtube/Reddit/blogs/friends/etc. The stuff I had performed and written up to that point was very acoustic and kind of folky, and I wanted to get better at sampling, beat building, and manipulating audio, which is what a lot of my tracks are based around now. I put out my first release as boyhood. in February, and then a little five-track EP in October.

Can you give us some background on your music.
I write/record/produce music in my bedroom. I’ve always had a really terrible memory, and writing has been a way to not only processing my feelings but also just generally catalog my life. Songs can deal with such complicated and drawn-out experiences, and perfectly compress them into 2-5 min segments. One of the things that I think is really great about the current state of music is how accessible everything can be. There are so many specific communities and genres on the internet, and at the same time, there’s a very broad reach for what may seem to you like a niche sound or feeling or lyric when you create it. So I hope with my music that the songs I create are specific enough for people who are searching for a representation of their situation and also relatable enough to connect with on a basic level for many more people.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I think that with some discipline you can learn 90% of what you’re looking for on Youtube & Reddit. I am very much a product of the internet and I wish that I had forced myself to sit down and just watch tutorials much earlier in life because there’s so much great information just floating around for free. You can watch Youtube videos on how to master ever DAW, how to record anything, how to manage on a budget, how to create unique and creative sounds, etc. And you can also find entire pages on Reddit dedicated to people sharing drums or instruments that they’ve sampled, or offering feedback on your recordings or solutions to any technical issues you’re having.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My EP called “Ipsum” is out on all streaming services. Give it a listen and let me know what you think! I’ve got some new singles and live shows coming at the top of the new year. Follow me on Instagram @boyhoodperiod for updates on those / mirror selfies with dogs.

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Sean Poole, Spencer Middleton, Emil Chang

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