Music fans are about to meet Boots, even though they already know him.
Homeless before he was discovered by Jay Z and signed to the rapper's Roc Nation label, he was a major producer and co-writer for Beyonce's self-titled 2013 album and has also worked with tour mates Run The Jewels, singing on "Early" from the rap duo's second album, and with FKA Twigs on her recent EP "M3LL155X." During February he released his first short film, "Motorcycle Jesus," along with a soundtrack for it.
On Nov. 13, meanwhile, Boots (real name Jordy Asher) will release his debut album, "Aquaria," a blend of ambient soundscapes and melodic hooks that he hopes will establish his name with those who know him primarily from credits on other artists' work.
"I wanted to make something that doesn't sound like anything anyone else has ever heard before," Boots, 28, says by phone from a tour stop in Denver. "I wanted ot make something that stands by itself and has a fingerprint of its own, to still be rooted in things we recognize and things that are real, but in a new way.
"And I wanted to walk across this thin line between futurism and something classic, to hit the marks a classic album could as far as songwriting, so if you take away the production they still stand on their own two feet as a song."
Boots has been working on "Aquaria" "long and diligently," with songs that hail as far back as nine years ago. "I never really put out an album of my own material this way before," he notes. But he also feels the success of his collaborations made him a better artist during the time he was working on the album in earnest.
"I think I'm coming from a much braver place now," Boots says. "My general instinct is to just trust my gut feelings, and that's really led to a lot of really cool relationships and dynamics. It's all kind of a blur now that it's done, like it happened when I wasn't looking for something, and some of the best moments of inspiration and creation just came out of nowhere on some late night.
"It's been a really special, different kind of experience.
Run The Jewels and Boots
Saturday, Oct. 24. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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