Artist Q&A

@JamminJavaMei's Q&A With Jim Boggia

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We're psyched to welcome Jim Boggia back to JJ tonight. He's a Philadelphia-based pop/rock singer-songwriter who tours internationally. He was part of Four Way Street - a amazing "supergroup" of Philly musicians that was one of our favorite bands of the early 2000's.


Where and when was your first show? Well, I’ve been playing since I was 5, so my first time playing on stage was probably my 3rd grade talent show. I won. It’s been all downhill from there.

What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence?

The stuff that made me love music was all mid-to-late ‘60s pop and rock - Beatles, Kinks, Bacharach, Simon and Garfunkel - then a little later Nilsson and Randy Newman. The music from Bugs Bunny cartoons was pretty key, too.

What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?

I’ve been really lucky that my music has allowed me to travel a lot. I’ve been spending about a month or so a year based in London and touring around the UK and Europe since about 2008 and I’ve done 7 tours of Japan in the last 3 years, which have all been amazing experiences. This February I played on a ship as part of a thing called JoCo Cruise Crazy, which is this incredible floating nerd-culture conference that my friend Jonathan Coulton puts together. They were an unbelievable audience.

Favorite Food: Sushi.

Favorite Drink: Can I say tea? As far as alcohol is concerned, I usually go for vodka in the summer and then switch to bourbon or scotch in the winter, you know, for the sustenance.

If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself?

If it could be anyone, I’d have to go with Abe Vigoda because, c’mon, who wouldn’t want to have Abe Vigoda portray them onscreen? But since I don’t have that much clout in Hollywood, let me just ask for anyone but Tony Danza.

Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both?    

I am a cat person to such a degree that I am often mistaken for an 87-year-old woman who never leaves her house. I only have 2 cats now, but I’ve had as many as 11 when I was taking care of a feral colony behind my old place and I brought 7 of them with me when I moved to the place I’m living now.  This is my youngest girl, Monarch. This happens pretty much every morning while I’m eating breakfast.

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What two words would best describe your music?  Really good?