An Interview with Karl Roy on his new EP “Toys”

by Beck Macey

An Interview with Karl Roy on his new EP “Toys”

Beck: Why don’t we start with telling me a little bit about yourself and your background as a musician?

Bryce: My name is Bryce Nagy but my stage name is Karl Roy and I've been doing music since I was about 15, when I started learning guitar. I was really into bands like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, and they made me want to write songs. Especially like Nirvana and Green Day because they wrote such simple songs that made me think I could pull that off. From there I formed my first band when I was a junior in high school and by senior year I was doing solo stuff and creating my own studio, but I didn’t put together anything I really liked until I was 22 when Another Day Another Life came out in December. That’s when I really started figuring out Ableton and recording, but Toys was when I took those ideas and began expanding on it.

Beck: So was there anything that inspired you to write this ep?

Bryce: There was no singular thing that really inspired this EP but I knew I wanted to put another project out by summer 2021. Specifically in hopes of getting people to come out and be happy again, however that seems a little behind track still. However, something I was thinking about was that most of my music prior was just straight guitar indie rock, and I wanted to establish I had more than one note. I wanted to show I had more to offer as an artist.

Beck: So what's your favorite part of this release?

Bryce: The diversity for sure. On some songs I have synths and piano leads. While others take completely different tracks. It's not just drums bass and guitar. Even after this, I still don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface on what I'm trying to show people. This, however, is a step in the right direction.

Beck: You were saying it isn’t straight indie rock, so I was wonder how you think you would classify this EP?

Bryce: It still definitely has some indie rock elements, but it’s also got some cool pop elements and general alternative stuff. There’s even songs like the interlude that has lo-fi and hip hop elements as well. The genre does differ a bit to each sound with an overarching understanding of alternative throughout the whole thing.

Beck: You were also saying before that you were inspired by Green Day and Nirvana at a younger age, but would you say Toys has its own influences?

Bryce: For sure, I pulled a lot of influence from bands like Mild High Club and Standing on the Corner. I even posted a playlist last week of artists that have been inspiring me lately. In the DIY scene artists like Beatricks have really been inspiring me. I’ve known her for years, and she’s part of the reason I got involved in DIY and her album was just so good. Especially the song “Where did everbody go go go” The guitar tones on it are so crisp, and I wanted to pull influence from that.

Beck: Of the songs created for this EP, which are you most excited for the public to hear?

Bryce: For me, it’s the last song “16”, because every idea I was trying to get across when creating it came across perfectly. I’m really happy with this one.

Beck: Right now is the project just you or do you have collaborators?

Bryce: Technically it's just me, but I have a friend playing piano on the opening track, and my girlfriend plays synth as well. Personally, I miss the collaborative work of a band, but Karl Roy feels more of a solo endeavor. However, when I start doing live shows I would love to have a full band with me.

Beck: With shows coming back, do you have plans to start playing this EP live?

Bryce: Yeah I’m currently looking for venues around Philly that would take me and some of my friends DIY bands to put together a show.

Beck: Did you do the mixing and mastering yourself, also what did the timeline look like?

Bryce: Yes I did, I don’t really like to send my work to a third party because I really prefer to be totally in control of my artistic vision. I started recording this in January and California Bliss the first single came out in February. However, after it came out I was struggling because I knew I needed another song or two, so it wasn’t until late april to early may did the bulk of the recording process take place. By June though I was in the thick of the mixing and mastering process.

Beck: Im very interested in hearing about the art on the album cover, did you do it or was it a collaborative effort?

Bryce: No actually the artist is Kanon Shambora and she is amazing, she’s done a bunch of my art before and she is just a fantastic artist who graduated from Colby College with a degree in art. If I can articulate an idea she can translate. She also often thinks of things that I would never know to incorporate.

Beck: So what do future plans look like?

Bryce: I want to start collaborating with different folks in the scene and within the next year I want to put out a full length album!

An Interview with Karl Roy on his new EP “Toys”

by Beck Macey

An Interview with Karl Roy on his new EP “Toys”

Beck: Why don’t we start with telling me a little bit about yourself and your background as a musician?

Bryce: My name is Bryce Nagy but my stage name is Karl Roy and I've been doing music since I was about 15, when I started learning guitar. I was really into bands like Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, and they made me want to write songs. Especially like Nirvana and Green Day because they wrote such simple songs that made me think I could pull that off. From there I formed my first band when I was a junior in high school and by senior year I was doing solo stuff and creating my own studio, but I didn’t put together anything I really liked until I was 22 when Another Day Another Life came out in December. That’s when I really started figuring out Ableton and recording, but Toys was when I took those ideas and began expanding on it.

Beck: So was there anything that inspired you to write this ep?

Bryce: There was no singular thing that really inspired this EP but I knew I wanted to put another project out by summer 2021. Specifically in hopes of getting people to come out and be happy again, however that seems a little behind track still. However, something I was thinking about was that most of my music prior was just straight guitar indie rock, and I wanted to establish I had more than one note. I wanted to show I had more to offer as an artist.

Beck: So what's your favorite part of this release?

Bryce: The diversity for sure. On some songs I have synths and piano leads. While others take completely different tracks. It's not just drums bass and guitar. Even after this, I still don’t think I’ve even scratched the surface on what I'm trying to show people. This, however, is a step in the right direction.

Beck: You were saying it isn’t straight indie rock, so I was wonder how you think you would classify this EP?

Bryce: It still definitely has some indie rock elements, but it’s also got some cool pop elements and general alternative stuff. There’s even songs like the interlude that has lo-fi and hip hop elements as well. The genre does differ a bit to each sound with an overarching understanding of alternative throughout the whole thing.

Beck: You were also saying before that you were inspired by Green Day and Nirvana at a younger age, but would you say Toys has its own influences?

Bryce: For sure, I pulled a lot of influence from bands like Mild High Club and Standing on the Corner. I even posted a playlist last week of artists that have been inspiring me lately. In the DIY scene artists like Beatricks have really been inspiring me. I’ve known her for years, and she’s part of the reason I got involved in DIY and her album was just so good. Especially the song “Where did everbody go go go” The guitar tones on it are so crisp, and I wanted to pull influence from that.

Beck: Of the songs created for this EP, which are you most excited for the public to hear?

Bryce: For me, it’s the last song “16”, because every idea I was trying to get across when creating it came across perfectly. I’m really happy with this one.

Beck: Right now is the project just you or do you have collaborators?

Bryce: Technically it's just me, but I have a friend playing piano on the opening track, and my girlfriend plays synth as well. Personally, I miss the collaborative work of a band, but Karl Roy feels more of a solo endeavor. However, when I start doing live shows I would love to have a full band with me.

Beck: With shows coming back, do you have plans to start playing this EP live?

Bryce: Yeah I’m currently looking for venues around Philly that would take me and some of my friends DIY bands to put together a show.

Beck: Did you do the mixing and mastering yourself, also what did the timeline look like?

Bryce: Yes I did, I don’t really like to send my work to a third party because I really prefer to be totally in control of my artistic vision. I started recording this in January and California Bliss the first single came out in February. However, after it came out I was struggling because I knew I needed another song or two, so it wasn’t until late april to early may did the bulk of the recording process take place. By June though I was in the thick of the mixing and mastering process.

Beck: Im very interested in hearing about the art on the album cover, did you do it or was it a collaborative effort?

Bryce: No actually the artist is Kanon Shambora and she is amazing, she’s done a bunch of my art before and she is just a fantastic artist who graduated from Colby College with a degree in art. If I can articulate an idea she can translate. She also often thinks of things that I would never know to incorporate.

Beck: So what do future plans look like?

Bryce: I want to start collaborating with different folks in the scene and within the next year I want to put out a full length album!