Interview with Missyou: "We Are Grateful Everyday That We Are Able to Work on What We Love"
Alt-pop/rock band Missyou have had one hell of a year so far. With the release of their new singles, “YourBody,” “Child 44” and “Know It All,” the band has been winning over new fans all summer and is currently gearing up to release their debut EP this fall! With more new music, videos and shows on the way, we caught up with Missyou to talk about the writing and recording of the EP and plans for the rest of the year. Get to know the band a little more and watch the video for “YourBody” now below!
Interview by Shannon Shumaker
Can you tell us a little bit about Missyou for anyone who might not be familiar?
Missyou is a project started by Blaise Beyhan and Omer Wald both NYC transplants. Blaise is from Alaska (he left when he was 14) and Omer grew up in Israel. Pete and Vin grew up together in Jersey and we have all played together for a couple years. We take an approach that the songs are short stories.
You guys have had an exciting summer with the release of a handful of singles - “YourBody,” “Child 44” and “Know It All.” For a lot of people, this has been their first time hearing you! What would you like fans to take away from these songs?
I think after you write a song the meaning and significance of it belongs to every individual listener. For me all the songs are very personal but I know music and songs mean something different for everyone.
That being said, “Yourbody” is about jealousy and ego and how those things can lead to the destruction of everything you hold dear. “Child 44” is about trust and loyalty and hoping for support that does not come at a price. “Know It All” is inspired by the ignorance of the governing body in this country and how will all carry some of the blame of that arrogance.
All three tracks are taken from your upcoming debut EP, due out this fall. Were there any goals you wanted to accomplish when you first started working on the EP?
To create a cohesive story that embodied our style as it evolves and to come from a genuine place.
Were there any stories you wanted to tell on the EP?
The stories of regret and ghosts that haunt me. I think anyone that has tried to fight for anything and says they have no regrets is hiding something.
What was the most rewarding thing about working on these songs? Were there any “wow” moments when you were writing or in the studio?
Not really, we are grateful everyday that we are able to work on what we love. We are humbled to be able to have the opportunity to make music – that is “wow” enough for us.
Can you tell us a little bit about what inspired your most recent single, “YourBody”? What was the inspiration behind this track?
The inspiration comes from the Steinbeck 1937 novel “Of Mice & Men” and how that examines possession, holding on too tight leads to losing everything and relationships ending.
Can fans expect to hear some more music from the EP soon?
On top of your EP dropping this fall, do you have any other big plans in the works? Any shows coming up?
All in the works, stay tuned we have videos and shows and more music on its way.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Follow us at @missyou_music!