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This week’s episode features Bo and the Locomotive performing “How Did You Get My Name?”
About this week’s artist:
Bo and the Locomotive is the musical project of Bo Bulawsky—a songwriter, producer, and performer based in St. Louis, MO, USA. He recently went viral on TikTok with his song “How Did You Get My Name?,” which continues to ear worm its way across the internet, amassing over half a million streams in just a few months since its release. He is currently releasing singles and working on a new batch of songs in what will be a follow-up collection to the full-length album Everything Was Wild, released on October 9th, 2020.
Since 2011, Bo has been a staple in the St. Louis music scene, touring the Midwest and playing with just about every band that came through town. His band’s work won him the #1 spot on Paste Magazine’s Missouri bands to watch, as well as features in Vice, Complex, Daytrotter, Birp FM, St. Louis Public Radio, KDHX, and many more.
What is the song about? What inspired it?
“How Did You Get My Name?” is a commentary on the social media hellscape we’re all stuck in. Every thing we look at and every click we make is collected in some database. Everyone is sharing everything all the time with no real knowledge about how it’s used or where it will end up in the future. And we’re still freaked out when weird shit happens to us because of it.
What led you to creating music in the first place?
My parents are both musicians and were always playing music in the house growing up. My first musical memory is playing “Psycho Killer” on the drums with my dad on guitar when I was 5. I guess it was inevitable.
What makes your band unique?
We have more fans in Mexico City than in St. Louis. People often ask us “why aren’t you famous yet” but don’t buy any merch. We’re your friend’s band you go see that’s “actually kinda good.” We’ve been doing this for over 10 years and haven’t given up yet.
What’s next for you?
Trying to finish up several new songs at the moment, hoping to turn them into some sort of collection to release soon. We get a lot of messages from people on the internet asking us to come play in their city now that we have a viral song, it would be great to get out there and play for them sometime soon.
Who else in STL is inspiring you right now?
I’m late to the party but I love the Smidley record from 2017 at the moment. Anytime Jakob Baxter is on guitar. Kleb Kirby Quartet.
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