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Art & Life with Matthew Blake and Haley Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Blake and Haley Hill.

Matthew and Haley, please share your story with us. 
We each had independent solo careers as musicians before we met and formed Girlboy. Haley Hill is a rapper from Northern California and Matthew Blake is a folk singer/songwriter from the Appalachian mountains in western North Carolina.

We first performed karaoke together and had so much fun we decided to start writing. From that came Girlboy, which we call a soul-hop fusion band. We are releasing our second album, “Follow the Glow,” this September.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
We are both LGBTQ+ and our music is a feminist-forward, queer fusion of hip-hop, pop, soul and rock. We want people listening to our music to first and foremost have a great time. Our shows are high-energy and fun.

Besides sending positive vibes and making space for people to have a great time, we are unapologetically out-and-proud and we want our band and our music to be advocates for queer representation in all spaces, including mainstream spaces where LGBTQ+ people are often stereotyped or asked to play a role that doesn’t accurately reflect who they are.

We are also a feminist-first band, which to us means that elevating women and gender non-binary people is a primary goal because of the way our society has always favored men. We write and perform a lot of songs that you can dance to, but also have strong messages about the power and potential of women to make the world better.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
We think it’s a really exciting time to be an independent artist. There have never been more tools and ways to engage with audiences available than we have now. When you’re able to find the people who vibe with your sound and your message, magic happens—there’s nothing like interacting with fans at shows, online, through our Instagram account, and more. We love seeing how our music makes people happy or makes them feel heard and seen, and we’re thankful to be able to perform our music as queer artists in all kinds of spaces.

We recently funded our second album through a really successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than we had hoped for. Tools like this make it possible for us to bypass the traditional music industry gatekeepers and connect directly with the people who want our music the most.

It always requires hard work and talent to cut through the noise, but we’ve found that when you’re willing to put in the effort, the rewards are an awesome experience for both artist and music-lover.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
We regularly perform all over San Diego and are embarking on our first West Coast tour this October 2018. Upcoming shows include:
• July 12 at Bar Pink, North Park
• July 14 at The Merrow, Hillcrest (SD Pride Party)
• September 29 at Park & Rec, University Heights (our album release party)

We are online at www.girlboyofficial.com and our music is available on all digital streaming stores like iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, etc.

Our social media handle for Instagram and Twitter, Facebook. And we have a lot of music videos up.

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Image Credit:
Karla Lynn Photography

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