Handsome Ghost to make Firefly debut Saturday.
In his past life, Tim Noyes was a Bronx high-school teacher who dreamed of a music career. These days, he’s finally living it out as Handsome Ghost.
The fetching apparition will spook The Woodlands of Dover at Firefly on Saturday, playing The Porch Stage. The concert is part of Handsome Ghost’s ongoing, first-ever headlining tour.
To better understand the electronic-pop artist from Boston, you’ll need to travel back to 2014. That’s when Handsome Ghost found it harder to juggle his life in the classroom and at nightclubs when his demo titled “Blood Stutter” went viral on Spotify, gaining more than 12 million plays.
That tune would land on his EP, “Steps,” in 2015. He’d spend most of 2015 on tour. Then in 2016, the singer-songwriter toured as support for alt-pop artist Melanie Martinez. He dropped “The Brilliant Glow” EP that same year.
For those who may not be fans yet, describe your music in 10 words or less.
Songs you would hear at indie-themed prom.
How did you come up with your name?
I recorded some very early demos with heavy effects on my vocals. When I sent those early songs to a friend of mine, he told me I sounded like a ghost. I joked and said "yeah, a handsome ghost" and it just kind of stuck.
Have you ever been to Delaware?
I have driven through Delaware, yes, but I have yet to spend any quality time. I'm looking forward to it. I hear it's a really beautiful state and all of my band friends have been raving about Firefly. I'm excited.
Who are a few of your favorite artists?
At the moment, the new Sylvan Esso record is a go-to in the band van. Same with Day Wave. My all-time favorites though are Elliott Smith and Death Cab for Cutie. Those two have stuck with me over the years, no matter how my taste changes.
What are some of the key sacrifices you've had to make to get to where you're at?
There have been many, to be honest. All the touring makes it hard to maintain friendships, relationships, etcetera, because we're rarely home for very long. I'm trying to be better at that. And the music industry can be tumultuous. I've found it's full of high, highs and low, lows. Sometimes the thought of a more stable profession sounds nice. But all that said, I'm happy and grateful to be where I am, and I wouldn't trade this life for anything.
What's a question you wish more people would ask you?
When the timing is right, I like when people ask me what particular songs are about. It's not necessarily something I want to get into right after a show, but if there's a quiet moment and we're just chatting then I'm happy to share stories or inspiration. It's like going back in time; I like to remember details like that. But songs are great, because they can mean one thing to me and a different thing to you, and that's fine too.
What's something a lot of your fans don't know about you?
People, even friends, are surprised when they learn I'm a serious Boston sports fan. Probably too serious. You want to talk New England Patriots past and present? I'm your guy.