Episode 033 : Boy Acuff
Friday, November 19th, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name Boy Acuff?
Boy Acuff: I am distantly related to the Grand Ole Opry star Roy Acuff who’s also from East Tennessee. I feel like the south is rarely represented in EDM, so I wanted to combine that with something personal.
C: How has Knoxville influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
BA: Knoxville is a very open minded town with lots of shows across all genres. Being exposed to such a diverse mix of music from young artists (without the overstimulation that a big city has) pushes me to add elements to my music I otherwise wouldn’t have.
C: What initially inspired you to become a DJ?
BA: I attended a school rave my freshman year of high school and knew I had to do it. I DJ’d the rave that next year from just my laptop and Virtual DJ - no controller (do NOT recommend). I was hooked instantly.
C: In your instagram bio, you mention that you are “The Director of Morale” at LiterBoard in Knoxville, TN. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
BA: LiterBoard is my home! The best bar in Knoxville. I have a residency there two nights a week playing to a mob of college kids. It’s a blessing getting to DJ every weekend.
C: Your “Fall Ball Mx Vol. 1 - Pregame 2021” was a lot of fun to listen to. How did you put this together? How is mixing for a live crowd different from creating a mix for a streaming service?
BA: Fall Ball and all three Darty Szn mixes were put together in Ableton. It’s great putting mixes together in a DAW since you have unlimited time to really perfect every transition, edit, and nuance of the mix. I treat it the same as producing an original track. You want something instantly energizing and memorable so your listeners can play it to death over and over again. Mixing live is a whole different experience since you can’t go back and fix things - everything is happening in real time. But, that pressure is what makes it addicting. Every DJ knows there is no high like performing.
C: You opened for Minnesota and VCTRE this summer. How did this opportunity come about?
BA: Some of my old coworkers at AC Entertainment (promoter for Bonnaroo, Forecastle Festival, and more) were promoting the show and were gracious enough to pitch me to the artists to open. Thankfully they said yes! It was crazy playing in a huge venue like that.
C: How would you describe your mixes to someone who has never heard them before?
BA: Fast paced with lots of EDM crossover mashups of familiar pop tunes, new and old. I love seeing people fall in love with EDM, so drawing them in with pop acapellas is my model. I think it works!
C: When you’re not busy creating music, how do you like to spend your time?
BA: I love hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains, watching NBA, and doing dumb things with my close friends.
C: If you could go b2b with any artist, who would it be and why?
BA: Porter Robinson since he is largely responsible for my taste in music. His 2015 Holy Ship set is probably my favorite set of all time. Not to mention watching him grow from electro house god into the master of Japanese-infused bedroom pop has been inspiring.
C: What are some of your goals for 2022?
BA: I produce music for TV licensing, so I plan to grow that immensely. I’d also like to open for bigger artists in bigger cities. Here’s hoping!