Sydney based singer-songwriter BOY SODA has shared his newest track this week, expanding his musical focus as he leans into the heartbreak of love for Willy Shakespeare.
A staple of the Aussie music scene for a few years now, it was just back in April that BOY SODA shared his debut EP, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THINKING AND FEELING. Already a powerful release, it was soon followed by a career-changing trip to London for BOY SODA (the musical moniker of artist and producer Brae Luafalealo). The result was him feeling motivated, refreshed, and “divinely inspired”.
Eager to do something that rattled the cages of his beloved R&B genre, that desire is manifested in new single Willy Shakespeare, which sees BOY SODA utilising his slick lyricism and powerful musicianship to work with Australian producer Nuxe and Los Angeles-based Zaini in a effort to complement these elements with something heartfelt, emotional, and ultimately relatable.
"The lyrics were built off the idea of ‘Willy Shakespeare’, it was just a phrase that popped into circulation and allowed the rest of the song to be built around the theme," he adds. "It’s tongue & cheek to give a nickname to a significant figure in literature and playwriting, and create a song that’s self-aware, and a little bit ironic in the way that one wouldn’t conventionally imagine Shakespeare in the context of a song like this.
"Even references like ‘Romeo and Julie in the church with a casket’ is a nod to the Baz Luhrmann movie and I enjoyed looking at the Shakespearean world, and delivering it in a blaze, melodic fashion."
Alongside the song itself, BOY SODA has also unveiled a music video from longtime collaborators and co-directors Dexter Lola and Bailey Watts. Powerful, emotional, and somewhat isolating, it's a striking example of the power that heartbreak holds over a person.
"I’ve really enjoyed watching everything unfold because Dex’s taste is always so elevated and calculated, and they have such a deep understanding of the visual process in every aspect,” he explains. “I’m honoured to work with people like Dex and Bailey because they bring things to fruition that I could never do by myself.
"When I think of my artist project now, it’s more of collective in my head, and I will always feel very lucky to be able to do it, ESPECIALLY, when I look at the calibre of people I get to work with."
While BOY SODA is already on track to be one of the leaders of the world of Australian hip-hop and R&B, a track like Willy Shakespeare proves that he'll never be a one-trick pony, and an artist dedicated to growing, evolving, and spreading his musical wings whenever necessary.