Day 204

If there’s one thing I can tell you about Boxing Clever, it’s that they’re very serious about their music. That's why it seems so natural for them to operate Boxing Clever Records, their own in-house label that features an eclectic mix of bands such as Mohicans, Superfun Yeah Yeah Rocketship and the Vanilla Beans. Then again, that love of music is also how the agency forged partnerships with the likes of Vintage Vinyl and the slew of bands they’ve create work for.

Even if you were walking into the Boxing Clever for the very first time, you’d be hard pressed not to notice the musical influences strewn throughout the office. From vintage record players and concert posters to stacks of LPs and RUSH memorabilia—you can immediately tell everyone here has music on the brain. I will say however, that unlike many of the other agencies I’ve visited thus far, BC doesn’t have music pumping through their space. Instead, you’ll find everyone rocking out to their own collection, whether it’s through a phone, a laptop or their own personal Crosley. It does create a different vibe to the office, as it did at RedDeluxe, but you'll still find it rare to be hit with any bout of silence while you're here.

As I also found out last week, this agency’s musical pedigree runs deeper than I ever could’ve imagined. It turns out that many of the creatives here used to be in bands of their own. In fact, Partner and ECD, Jim Harper, sat behind the kit for quite a few outfits back in the day. As someone who used to be in a few bands myself, it’s pretty interesting to swap stories about different shows and venues, especially considering the generation gaps at play.

I truly hope there are big things in store for Boxing Clever Records, because not only do they have the creative prowess and skill to make bands shine; they have the most important element of all—passion. So, I encourage everyone to check out their web store and grab an LP or two. My time here has certainly renewed my interest in vinyl and I think if you spend a little time on their site, it’ll do the same for you.


Day 186

I’m only a few days into my residency at Boxing Clever and I can already tell I’m going to love it here. From the moment the elevator doors opened, I’ve been shown nothing but warmth and enthusiasm for the project. I was already overjoyed with how my weekend shaped up, due to the generosity of BC Partner, Jim Harper, but it’s easy to see his kindness is shared amongst the rest of the office as well.

The office itself is littered with concert posters, industrial accents, metal figures and stunning artwork. They also have shelves upon shelves of things I love—from Kid Robot figures and Adventure Time toys to whoopee cushions, candy bars and whiskey bottles. It’s as if everyone’s inner child is on display and that’s certainly something I can relate to. Basically, this is what my apartment would look like if I lived here; just throw a bed in the corner and I’d feel right at home.

One Corner of the Boxing Clever Office

Oh, but that’s not all! There’s also a ton of records and skateboard decks scattered throughout the space—evidence of the agency’s deep ties to local Record Store Day festivities. Most of the posters you’ll see on the walls are musically inspired as well and a majority of them are even signed by the artists themselves—from the likes of They Might Be Giants and Rise Against to Torche and My Bloody Valentine. That’s because BC designs them for the national acts, who do autograph signings at local landmark, Vintage Vinyl. I haven’t been to it yet, but that’s probably a good thing because I like having money in the bank… but then again, I do like records… hmm...

Last night, I also got the opportunity to attend the 48 Hour Film Project—a showcase for the city’s talented filmmakers and creative minds.  Although Boxing Clever didn’t participate this year (you can see their previous entries here), it was really cool to see what people brought to life in just two short days. If you ever see one of these events taking place in your city, I highly recommend checking it out. After the show, I hit up Chuck Berry's local restaurant, Blueberry Hill, with some folks from BC and Bruton Stroube, which was a great way to cap off an awesome night.