By Spencer Bernard
Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with artist, Lostboycrow, right before his show in Boston. The show was part of his Spin The Globe tour and took place in Boston at the Brighton Music Hall. During my time with Lostboycrow, I was able to get a better understanding of him as a musician and of his music.
For those who don’t know, Lostboycrow is a pop musician who was raised in Oregon and later moved to Los Angeles to pursue music. Lostboycrow started releasing music on Spotify back in 2015 with his first song “Adolescence”. Since then, he has released numerous singles, albums, and EPs racking up a 1.5 million monthly listener count and a total 80 million streams. In my time talking with him, he had praise for Spotify saying it “is how a lot of people know about me and how we’ve been able to tour and do things.”
Prior to Spin The Globe, he toured with VÉRITÉ as well as co-headlined a tour with Flor. As the headliner, besides having more time to perform his set, he noted how he enjoyed being able “to have the set feel the way [he] want[s] and kinda work out everything around it.” So far, he said that the way in which he’s toured has been great and “it honestly feels like it happens to be the order [they’re] going in.” Lostboycrow gave credit for his success on tour to the evident fact that he surrounded himself with his good friends.
A unique part of his set on this tour was the decision to perform one of his most popular songs, “The Lost Boy”. Up until this tour, Lostboycrow has never performed “The Lost Boy” live due to his feeling that “it never worked out to have it in the set before because I felt like we had to play some other songs.” Besides his setlist, he also mentioned how he felt his previous stage designs didn’t convey the emotion he was trying to provide. Being one of his top songs and one of his most personal songs, he decided since “it means so much to [him] and it’s so much about [him] and who Lostboycrow is that you know you gotta put it in the set.”
For those who don’t know, “The Lost Boy” features hip-hop artist Skizzy Mars. Curious, I inquired about the process of getting Skizzy Mars on the song. Amusingly, it stemmed from trying to impress a former girlfriend. He was dating “a girl way back in the day that showed [him] Skizzy’s music and she was a huge fan and [he] kinda wanted to impress her a little bit too.” From there, his connections with Skizzy Mars team and admiration of his work allowed the two to connect and produce Lostboycrow’s “favorite Skizzy verses that he’s done.”
Since 2017, Lostboycrow has been releasing a series of EPs titled The Traveler. This past March, he released the third one in the series called The Traveler: The Third Legend. By using this unique method, he felt “that I didn’t feel like [he] lost anything by doing that.” To work with his media and musical outlets, he felt that releasing music in this way helped “the way people digest music nowadays and the system that we have been going of which is Spotify.”
As not the most informed Lostboycrow fan, I looked for the meaning and story behind the Traveler. He stated he wants to “make it feel like you are traveling.” Elaborating more on his response, he referenced Angels & Airwaves and how “they wanted to make people feel like they were taking off a plane and they did that.” He hopes that people listening to his music feel “like your in between things, you’re on the road, you’re leaving somewhere, you’re on your way to the unknown and you’re gonna love it as well.”
The time I was able to spend sitting down with Lostboycrow and enjoying the show was a revealing experience. I was able to see for myself the people behind the scenes of Lostboycrow’s musical journey and find the inspiration behind many of his songs. As he continues his grind to become a more well-known musician, it is clear that his creative mindset and his choice of talented and inspirational collaborators will help to propel him up the charts.