By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Teddy At Night – the musical project of Nashville, Tenn.-based artist Teddy Boldt – regularly serves up 80’s nostalgia in the spirit of Tears For Fears and Phil Collins with a modern twist.
Long after the Valentine’s Day Russell Stover chocolate hearts disappear, the sentiment of pure love still remains and that’s what counts the most. That was the message he hoped to get across with his music video for “Blueberry Water,” a colorful ode to “brutally honest love” and how it can consume somebody.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to talk with him about “Blueberry Water” and more.
Music Bugle – How did you decide the name “Teddy At Night”?
Teddy At Night – I believe at night, we’re in our most vulnerable state. Whether delirious, tipsy, scared or whatever. I’ve always been fascinated with the transparency that the night brings out in people. For me and anyone else that I’m around or associated with, I want to be a voice that encourages people to be who they are at night all the time. Be free, be vulnerable and be kind.
Music Bugle – Did the music video for “Blueberry Water” come out how you hoped?
Teddy At Night – Not exactly, but I’m thankful it didn’t. It forced me to jump headfirst into embracing who I am as a performer more than I ever have before. In the end, I think it came out better than I hoped.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Teddy At Night – While crafting Teddy at Night, I also play drums for other artists to pay the bills. With touring being mostly nonexistent and launching my dream project during the pandemic, it was extremely humbling financially and creatively. On the flip side, I also had a baby girl. It’s been an incredible gift to be able to be home with her.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Teddy At Night – The “singalongability.” When we’re able to play live again, I hope to get some people singing together.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Teddy At Night – Christine And The Queens, Chip Chrome, Nilüfer Yanya, 070 Shake and Declan McKenna.
Music Bugle – What makes you the most proud about where you come from?
Teddy At Night – We moved around a lot and lived in cities that I didn’t fit very well in. My family didn’t have much when I was growing up. Instead of going on vacation or going to college, my dad took me to hundreds of shows throughout my childhood. That really shaped who I am today.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge lately?
Teddy At Night – I’m really trying to cut out overthinking. I overthink things and ideas until I’m sick.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for in 2021?
Teddy At Night – Live music. Meeting you! Buying you a drink. You buying me a drink?
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Teddy At Night – “It’s that element of surprise. When you lose control, you discover new things,” by Daniel Lanois.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need to escape?
Teddy At Night – Performing on stage.