For many musicians, creating music is about exploring feelings. However, Guyclaude wants to change the game.
Boston native Guyclaude Lacossade first started to get into the music scene his senior year of high school. Initially, he lost motivation due to problems with relationships, but he eventually realized just how vital music and creating was in his life.
“I told myself alright, this is what I want to do, I don’t know how, but I’m going to try,” Guyclaude said.
He wanted his music to tap into his emotions and life experiences, especially considering that his family’s roots are not in the United States.
“Both of my parents are from Haiti. And I think that cultural influence has definitely shaped my music because they are giving me a different perspective on life.”
He later said that he is putting more of that cultural influence in his songs.
“I’m starting to put in more of their culture in my music. I speak Haitian-Creole to communicate with my parents and other relatives that don’t speak English,” Guyclaude said. “But by having them and their insight it helps me not to have a limited way of viewing things.”
Guyclaude credits Frank Ocean, John Mayer, John Legend, and James Fauntleroy as the musicians that inspire his work. He especially credits Fauntleroy and Ocean as not just musicians, but as songwriters, since Guyclaude actually started off as a poet before delving into music. His debut album “Bonds (Or the Lack Thereof)” especially has inspiration from Frank Ocean.
“His writing style is something that really stands out for me,” Guyclaude said. “The album- I didn’t want it to be something people would listen to for the first time and say ‘Oh that’s it,’ but rather as something people can listen to over and over again.”
The process of recording “Bonds” was actually a much different experience than other musicians would record their albums. Rather than recording in a studio, Guyclaude recorded the whole album at his home in Hyde Park, Boston.
“What people wouldn’t know was that I recorded everything from home. I recorded the whole album in my bedroom, my kitchen, my bathroom for some songs, the basement…”
Even though Guyclaude explained that the experience was terrible at first, he later credits it as a learning experience, considering that “Bonds” is his first album.
When I asked Guyclaude about a follow-up album to “Bonds”, he didn’t want to tease anything.
“What I can say is that there may be something coming out soon. Bonds was good but it was very young because I was young and in that mindset,” he said. “As time progresses, I want to do some weird and progressional stuff.”
Guyclaude wants to give a new interpretation to his style of music, like mixing in Haitian and African music into his new material.
Guyclaude not only wants to perform music, he wants to create a balance between his emotions and words by reinventing himself.
“I want to be better than what I am now,” he said. “I want to grow artistically, meeting new people and seeing new places.”
By using his influences (both culturally and musically) to create music, Guyclaude is showing everyone what it means to be motivated in their craft.
Make sure to come out to see Guyclaude at the 2017 Boston Breakthrough Artist Showcase at BU Central on March 24th. Make sure to follow Guyclaude on his Instagram, SoundCloud, and Spotify! Also if you want more information about his album “Bonds (Or the Lack Thereof)”, read Guyclaude’s other interview with Verge Campus BU here!