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Newscast – Six Crucial Questions for Musician Hayden Boyd

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Newscast is comprised of Hayden Boyd (top left) and Salar Almakky, a dance music-producing duo from Jackson, Mississippi.

As their press materials say, the band is “equipped with a synth-fueled, sugarcoated pop sound” that will remind you of the “Paisley Underground, the pulsing freedom of 80s radio, and the futuro dreamscapes of the 21st century.”

Newscast’s EP, 5, a collection of the band’s first five songs, is available now in NewsWhistle’s Spring Catalogue.

You can learn more about Newscast’s Hayden Boyd below.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR HAYDEN BOYD

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

One of the first shows I ever went to as a kid was the Baha men in like 2002 or something, I actually got to go backstage and meet them, it was kinda cool. Also the first time I ever smelled weed, so overall a very wild experience.

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

Once we played a show and I can’t remember who was in charge of the set list that night but they were all different. So, if course, we start in the first song and everyone is playing something different. It took us longer than it should have to figure out the problem, but yeah pretty embarrassing.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

I love visiting new places. There’s not too much time to actually explore each city on tour, so it’s fun to revisit cities and see different parts each time we go, it’s like going to a new place every time. I don’t like time zones, I always mess it up. if the venue is in a different time zone than where we are, chances are we will be a few minutes late thanks to me.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

My favorite record store is either Criminal Records in Atlanta, or End of All Music in Oxford, MS. I can’t decide.

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

Favorite album of all time is a hard one. I would have to say Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. It kinda opened new doors for me, I didn’t discover this album until around the end of high school, which is when I started writing songs and this album had a huge influence on my focus of vocal tracks and harmonies and using percussion to achieve a certain feel for a song.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

Sal. Definitely Sal.

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Image Courtesy of Newscast and Noisy Ghost PR