To see a musician attempt to break boundaries is quite the brave thing to witness, especially with an act debuting material. So far, this has been the case with Photo Finish/Republic Records artist Handsome Ghost (aka Tim Noyes), who has done a brilliant job of entering his understanding of folk music into the worlds of pop and ambience.

Noyes isn't afraid of being eclectic, and this has lead to high-intrigue in North America, due to his ability to infuse his elements of intrigue into his live set. Ken Grand-Pierre got to sit down with Noyes to find out who he is and what he hopes to achieve with Handsome Ghost.

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Do songs usually begin on guitar or piano for you?

Just about every song begins on guitar. Acoustic guitar is my primary instrument and it has become an important part of our sound, at least for now. Plus it's easy to carry around so I can write whenever or wherever I feel like it.

What was the first song you wrote for Handsome Ghost and how did it come together?

I wrote our song 'Blood Stutter' over the course of a few days at an apartment I was subletting in Brooklyn. It was long before Handsome Ghost was even an idea. The folk band I had been playing in for a while had just split up and I wanted to try making something entirely different. I love folk and Americana music, but there are rules and limitations to those styles that I was ready to move on from. I finished 'Blood Stutter' and felt completely reinvigorated. The production work was so new to me and so exciting. I played it for some friends, got some great feedback and decided to keep writing songs, many of which ended up on our EP. 'Blood Stutter' started what would become Handsome Ghost, more or less.

What was it like after you completed a song and put it up for people to purchase? Did you feel the feeling of 'this is no longer mine' in terms of music belonging to the audience?

No way. Finally releasing a song is a great feeling, for two reasons. One, it means the song is finished and I can just let it go. There's a lot of production tinkering and editing that goes on towards the end of every song, and sometimes it's nice to just say "that's enough" and put it out there. And then two, I love hearing how people connect their own lives to my songs. If releasing a song means it belongs to the audience a little bit, than that's okay with me.

When you look back about the Steps EP how do you feel about it? Would you say that it represents Handsome Ghost even now?

I'm proud of our Steps EP. I think it's a fine introduction into the world for us. Those songs mean a lot to me, they represent a lot of moments, months and years in my life and I'm happy that people are listening.

How was it touring with Grizfolk and soon with X Ambassadors? Those are acts with quite the passionate fan bases!

Amazing. Grizfolk are some of the best guys I've met in a long time and I truly love that band. It was a pleasure to open up for them and hear them play every night. I'm hoping our paths will cross again soon. And we were just bumping the X Ambassadors new record in the van, it's killer. I'm looking forward to meeting those guys greatly.

Any venues or festivals that you're particularly dying to play?

Not particularly. We have yet to play any festivals so I'd certainly like to be part of those one day. I'd love to play our set and then roam around listening to music all night. That sounds like my kind of weekend.

Do you feel that watching other bands live has influenced your own live show as well?

Absolutely. We're growing and improving every night as a live act. We've been lucky enough to be on tour with a bunch of phenomenal, professional bands and we are absolutely taking notes every night. We have to perform in our own way and stay true to what we do, but there are definitely things we can learn on a nightly basis.

Does being in the studio feel different to you now that you've gotten more songs under your belt? And if so, how?

I've always loved working in the studio, and that really hasn't changed. I love the trial and error that goes into producing a song and all the highs and lows throughout a day in the studio. There's no better feeling than that moment when you know you figured it out, whatever it is. Sometimes it's a synth tone, sometimes it's a harmony, whatever. It just feels so good when you know you got it right.

Lastly, what's your ideal location when it comes to writing songs? Do you ever write music at home?

I do and that's probably my favourite spot to write. I usually block out a week or ten days and make zero plans whatsoever. Not one plan. I just wake up and write, all day. It's honestly my favourite thing to do in the world. I try to find time to sneak away and work on songs on the road, but it's really tough. There just isn't enough time in the day. I love touring and all the craziness that comes with it, but I can't wait to get back home and get to work on some new material. That's the part I love most about music.