Juniper Purr is the solo project of vocalist, visual artist, and multi instrumentalist Bo Olivieri, an eclectic artist always looking for new stimulus to keep it fresh and exciting.
Let’s start by introducing your project: who is Juniper Purr, where is it based and what’s about?
Juniper Purr is a psychedelic pop band based in Portland, Oregon.
All the music thus far has been written and recorded by myself and help from a few backup singers.
I had been playing in a few bands at the time and just started gathering material along the way.
It all kind of developed from a sci-fi story I started writing about a group of people who get exiled from their home planet and set out into the cosmos searching for a new place to set up shop.
They blast off in their funky old ship named Juniper.
Along the way, they pick up signals on their radio from different satellites which is where the name of the EP “Galaxy Radio” comes from!
Inspiration, brainstorming or influences, what is the connection with creativity?
I’m definitely a big sci-fi fan and enjoy a good story.
I tend to think of things visually first so it usually starts with an image or an effort to describe a scene.
I’ve found that forming a story or visual mood has worked as a good way for me to keep focused and keeps me from straying off into a tangent of ideas.
Like one song will pick up where another one leaves off if that makes sense.
Musically, the sounds from the 70’s surf scene have been a big influence on me with it’s heavy reverb and that lovely twang.
Also, being a visual artist I’m always looking at art to spark ideas.
What are your favourite artists and/or composers?
Like I said the 70’s surf scene has been a big influence of mine.
Lou Reed for sure.
I also am in love with a lot of the music that has come out of France like François Hardy and Brigitte Bordot.
I’m always looking for new music to keep it fresh and eclectic.
I really like how Tim Presley from White Fence writes.
He has these country sounding songs that are super fun and interesting but then can go out into punk or psych territory with the same integrity.
Do they have anything in common?
I haven’t really thought about what they have in common.
I think they all have some sort of dreamy or surrealistic quality in their sound and they’re just well crafted songs without getting over complicated and showy.
And what about the minimalist super cool graphics you’ve got?
Glad you like them.
I’m also a Visual Art and Illustrator.
I studied Graphic Design in college and do that to make a living alongside music.
They kind of play off of each other.
What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently?
My friend’s band Flying Caravan played a show recently in a house/ music venue that was really fun.
There’s something about the setting of loud live music in a house that brings out something raw and intimate.
Before that, I’d say a Kikagaku Moyo show.
They always bring such a loving vibe around them whenever I’ve seen them. Also, they have an electric sitar.
What about your next gigs. Are you planning a tour?
Right now haven’t really had a chance plan any upcoming shows.
On June 7th the EP “Galaxy Radio” with the help my good friends from Godessey Music will be out so we’ll start moving on shows shortly after.
Hmmm I imagine we’ll be using LiveTrigger! How convenient.
What is your best and your worst memory on the road?
Best: Waking up my van in LA on a Spring morning.
Worst: Waking in my van in LA in Late Summer at noon.
What do you think about Livetrigger?
I think it’s a much needed resource for musicians.
It can lower stress levels and help with high blood pressure.