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missyou Frontman talks Communes, Songwriting

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Alternative Addiction spoke with missyou frontman Blaise Beyhan about growing up in a commune and his songwriting process.


On the surface with missyou, there’s not that much notable about them other than their music. They’re a New York-based act that makes their own brand of alternative music. They look like a band, but their story isn’t one you hear a lot. The band’s frontman, Blaise Beyhan is from Alaska. Specifically, he’s from a commune a few hours south of Anchorage where his family moved when he was young. Just like how missyou makes a brand of music you don’t hear every day; you don’t hear about a recording artist that comes from a commune every day either.

“It’s pretty removed from society. It’s not exactly a commune, it’s more of a village,” said Beyhan when talking to Alternative Addiction in a recent interview. “It’s a bunch of people who moved their families to a small area off the grid because they wanted to raise kids free of judgement, removed from the public-school system, and less exposed to certain things that they felt were deteriorating society. There was no religious doctrine or anything like that, it was just learning what you want to learn when you’re ready to learn it and running around the woods.”

So, for Beyhan living in Alaska and growing up where he grew up was a little different, but it had its advantages. One of the big advantages is how he was brought up – they didn’t have a lot of toys or electronics or things like that – they had each other and then they had parents who encouraged music.
“My stepfather was big into music. He played several different instruments. He made playing an instrument part of our education. Writing songs and playing music was one of the only things we could do when there wasn’t a lot else going on. That was one of the only ways to entertain ourselves and my parents were really encouraging of us flexing those creative muscles,” added the missyou frontman.

Years of playing various instruments and listening to music while growing up led Beyhan to missyou and the band’s latest single “notthatdeep” – it’s the band’s biggest song to date and it’s probably the best song they’ve put out so far too. It’s the perfect introduction to Beyhan and his bandmates.
“The song was produced by me and Omer (Wald – lead guitar.) We produced that and mixed it then we had Mark Barry master it. I had a clear idea of what the production was going to be like for that song. That song started out as a joke. I tend to get pretty wound up in my head about things. Sometimes I’m neurotic about putting too much meaning into things. Somebody told me that ‘it’s not that deep.’ That made me think and it evolved into a song.”

“I took it as somebody could say something that has a big consequence and then just say it’s not that deep. It’s kind of like just because something’s not that deep doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an effect. You can still drown in a small puddle. We laid down the beat after the song was written on an acoustic. Then we wanted to take the guitar elements and record it with a rickety guitar and then mixed it with more modern hip hop elements. We added some minimal keyboards and midi, we added some bass and some backup vocals and that was pretty much it.”



Like “Not That Deep” the story behind how Beyhan got into songwriting is similar. It’s meaningful to him and his journey but it’s more of a natural progression than anything else. There’s not a moment where he realized he wanted to become a songwriter, it just kind of happened.

“I just listened to songwriters,” said Beyhan on how he developed his knack for writing songs. “Living where I was at, and having what I had, we messed around with it. My brother and I were playing Bluegrass festivals in Alaska when we were young. I started writing songs for us to perform. We were 11 and 15 at that time. That was something that I always loved doing. I loved telling stories, I loved using my imagination and I loved being creative. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into song writing.”

As Beyhan has evolved missyou has too. The band released an EP song by song in 2018 and 2019 and they’ve got more songs on the way for next year too. Beyhan is constantly working and he’s constantly trying to get better at his songwriting craft too.

“I’m always progressing. I don’t think that I’m anywhere near where I want to be, but I think I’m always unsatisfied. I think if you get complacent you get boring. You can always get better. It’s hard for me to judge my own ability when it comes to that, but I think my toolbox grows the longer I do this.”-aa




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missyou Frontman talks Communes, Songwriting


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Alternative Addiction spoke with missyou frontman Blaise Beyhan about growing up in a commune and his songwriting process.

On the surface with missyou, there’s not that much notable about them other than their music. They’re a New York-based act that makes their own brand of alternative music. They look like a band, but their story isn’t one you hear a lot. The band’s frontman, Blaise Beyhan is from Alaska. Specifically, he’s from a commune a few hours south of Anchorage where his family moved when he was young. Just like how missyou makes a brand of music you don’t hear every day; you don’t hear about a recording artist that comes from a commune every day either.

“It’s pretty removed from society. It’s not exactly a commune, it’s more of a village,” said Beyhan when talking to Alternative Addiction in a recent interview. “It’s a bunch of people who moved their families to a small area off the grid because they wanted to raise kids free of judgement, removed from the public-school system, and less exposed to certain things that they felt were deteriorating society. There was no religious doctrine or anything like that, it was just learning what you want to learn when you’re ready to learn it and running around the woods.”

So, for Beyhan living in Alaska and growing up where he grew up was a little different, but it had its advantages. One of the big advantages is how he was brought up – they didn’t have a lot of toys or electronics or things like that – they had each other and then they had parents who encouraged music.
“My stepfather was big into music. He played several different instruments. He made playing an instrument part of our education. Writing songs and playing music was one of the only things we could do when there wasn’t a lot else going on. That was one of the only ways to entertain ourselves and my parents were really encouraging of us flexing those creative muscles,” added the missyou frontman.

Years of playing various instruments and listening to music while growing up led Beyhan to missyou and the band’s latest single “notthatdeep” – it’s the band’s biggest song to date and it’s probably the best song they’ve put out so far too. It’s the perfect introduction to Beyhan and his bandmates.
“The song was produced by me and Omer (Wald – lead guitar.) We produced that and mixed it then we had Mark Barry master it. I had a clear idea of what the production was going to be like for that song. That song started out as a joke. I tend to get pretty wound up in my head about things. Sometimes I’m neurotic about putting too much meaning into things. Somebody told me that ‘it’s not that deep.’ That made me think and it evolved into a song.”

“I took it as somebody could say something that has a big consequence and then just say it’s not that deep. It’s kind of like just because something’s not that deep doesn’t mean it doesn’t have an effect. You can still drown in a small puddle. We laid down the beat after the song was written on an acoustic. Then we wanted to take the guitar elements and record it with a rickety guitar and then mixed it with more modern hip hop elements. We added some minimal keyboards and midi, we added some bass and some backup vocals and that was pretty much it.”



Like “Not That Deep” the story behind how Beyhan got into songwriting is similar. It’s meaningful to him and his journey but it’s more of a natural progression than anything else. There’s not a moment where he realized he wanted to become a songwriter, it just kind of happened.

“I just listened to songwriters,” said Beyhan on how he developed his knack for writing songs. “Living where I was at, and having what I had, we messed around with it. My brother and I were playing Bluegrass festivals in Alaska when we were young. I started writing songs for us to perform. We were 11 and 15 at that time. That was something that I always loved doing. I loved telling stories, I loved using my imagination and I loved being creative. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t into song writing.”

As Beyhan has evolved missyou has too. The band released an EP song by song in 2018 and 2019 and they’ve got more songs on the way for next year too. Beyhan is constantly working and he’s constantly trying to get better at his songwriting craft too.

“I’m always progressing. I don’t think that I’m anywhere near where I want to be, but I think I’m always unsatisfied. I think if you get complacent you get boring. You can always get better. It’s hard for me to judge my own ability when it comes to that, but I think my toolbox grows the longer I do this.”-aa

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