Interview with Justus Boyz Justus Boyz: 'Madonna's love child' Justus Boyz are longtime companions Phil & Mike Boila-Elam. The savvy Detroit couple has developed a unique lifestyle concept that includes both male fashion and music. You might have seen their sexy ads throughout the blogsphere. Released in 2004, their self-produced and written album 'Uh Oh' is regaining momentum due to internet radio play, blog exposure and the increasing popularity of their clothing. According to the Boyz, the program director of Live365 radio has been 'hounding' them for new material after over 4,400 spins of their current hits. 'Internet radio has been a great way for us to get exposure around the world,' says Mike. As a duo they have been supporting artists like Ashanti, Shaggy and Ja Rule during their live performances. They describe their catchy dance-pop music as a result of what would happen after a wild drunken orgy of the Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Erasure, The Cars, Depeche Mode and Madonna. 'We would be Madonna's love child,' Phil laughs. It was announced that their music will included in the upcoming movie 'Eighteen.' The music supervisor for the Richard Bell movie did not only add 'Callin' All The Boys' to the soundtrack but also the dance instrumental, 'Go Get My Money.' The movie stars Sir Ian McKellen (Lord Of The Rings, X-Men), Allan Cumming (Golden Eye, X2' X-Men United), Thea Gill (Queer As Folk), Paul Anthony (Blade: Trinity). Phil & Mike's mission is simple. 'Our idea is to create an environment that is inclusive of all people regardless of age, race, orientation or religion,' explains Phil. 'That is what has been so cool about what we do. Different people from all over the world are listening to our music and wearing our clothes.' Justus Boyz fashion Combining fashion and music was something that came very naturally to Justus Boyz. 'We saw the entire concept in an instant,' explains Phil. Mike adds, 'It is all about an image and how you feel. Both music and fashion is an expression of yourself. You can say that the fashion has become an extension of our music (. . .) You have to reach in to reach out.' Their creative journey is a very intuitive process for the duo. '[In both music and fashion] we ask ourselves what it would take for us to get excited about something and then we take it from there,' says Phil. 'For our fashion, we set out to create that comfortable piece of clothing that you always like to wear.' The two have been together for seventeen years. They don't want to disclose their age, but Phil quips that Mike first cruised him 'in the sandbox.' Being in a personal and business relationship is working well from them. 'It has been a learning curve. In every relationship you grow,' says Phil. 'As long as you respect each other, it makes it all a lot easier.' 'Making music with another person is not easy. You really have to get into another zone with someone,' says Mike. 'We were butting heads a lot early on because we're both strong-minded individuals. We both evolved into the same direction and things worked out very well.' November 17, 2004 in Interviews | Permalink Comments These two are truly a dynamic duo! Their recent success has been long overdue. I've been a fan for years! Congratulations guys! Posted by: Tina at December 17, 2004 11:27 AM These guys are HOT! So happy to see some cool dudes that break all of the stereo types out there in a really positive and productive way! Two total bad asses! Posted by: Mike Bourke at November 17, 2004 12:54 PM You guys ROCK! You're role models without even trying to do that...success couldn't happen to two better people. Posted by: Tim Hamann at December 17, 2004 01:25 PM Great things happen to great people. Wishing you much success now and in the future! It's well deserved. Thanks for creating an image that is 'all inclusive'. We can all learn something for you two: Classy, creative, cool. Posted by: Tammy at December 17, 2004 02:10 PM Nice write up guys! This is a must hear. Justus Boyz are not only great musicians with lush pop melodies, but really cool cats. Their clothes kick ass too, but I'm still waiting for my medium ;-) Keep it up gents. -Travis PD - Live365 Posted by: Travis Storch at December 17, 2004 02:13 PM This is totally awesome. All of your hard work is paying off. You guys Rock!!! Posted by: Michael Coleman at December 17, 2004 02:16 PM I tell ya! You two are terrific!! Your music has a sound all it's own, and it's a great sound!! I only wish I could hear more!!! Are you working on new stuff? Hope so, though I guess I should encourage you to take your time so that your next creations are yet more of the heartfelt art that you've thus-far produced. I could go on and on, but . . . I like your clothing too, though at nearly 63, I'm a bit beyond the 'BOYZ' age. Anyhow, keep being who you are, Mike and Phil!! You will always have my very best wishes for success!!!! You have earned every bit of it! Posted by: Bill at December 17, 2004 05:34 PM I can't wait until PhilMike run for President. Their ideals are trustworthy, their talents unending and most of all two very genuine human beings. I think they're GYRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! Posted by: MARTY at December 17, 2004 05:37 PM These Boyz are great peopel and their mucie wants you to hear more and more their closes are top of the line. They are two very talented smart guys. Posted by: Tony Charles at December 17, 2004 07:49 PM Phil and Mike are frontiersmen in a sense - they set their sites on new territory - and conquer it with their inimitable style - they deserve all of the greatness they're getting and more - truly...two to watch! Uh, oh! Posted by: lauren hudson at December 18, 2004 01:41 PM I've personally known JustusBoyz for almost four years now. Words can't describe how cool they are. But their music can. I love them to death and I wish everyone could get to know them the way that I have. I've been truly lucky to perform with them and to have them and their music in my life. I'll support them with whatever they do. They deserve the best in all they do. They are truly the MOST sincere, honest, genuine, and hilariously funny guys I know. I love ya! Posted by: Meghan Ellison at December 18, 2004 04:53 PM Phil and Mike, you guys rock! These Boyz were introduced to my family back in 1996. Not only do we LOVE you personally....your music is AWESOME. We listen to you all of the time and would love to see you Boyz perform again. Everything you do and touch is a wonder. Thank you for all you do! Lots of Love...Cindy, Trev and Shelbs Posted by: Cindy at December 18, 2004 06:38 PM Phil and Mike are two of the classiest guys I know!! I've known these guys for going on 10 years now and I cherish every minute that I've known them!! I love their music, clothes and most of all, them!! I wish them nothing but success and happiness!! Rock on!! Love you always, John and Chris!! Posted by: John Papcun at December 18, 2004 09:36 PM I love you guys, I love you're music you two are nothing but smart talented, loving.... plus very hut and sexy, god bless you, keep up the great work, we're always here for you. Lot's of hugs and kisses. Giselle kunzat Posted by: giselle kunzat at December 19, 2004 01:38 PM I have believed in you two since day one. I have gained the utmost repect and learned so many difierent things from you two. Like I have always said I knew you guys were gonna take off I may not have know when but I knew with all of your hard work and dedication (Not only to your music and yourselves but to your friends ands DANCERS) I knew there were no boundaries you two couldn't break through. I love you guys and you will always be in my heart and a part of my life. Nathan Boyd Posted by: Nathan Boyd at December 19, 2004 04:25 PM Hey guys, great write-up!! As i've told you before we're very proud of you, and wish only the best for you. You are very talented, outgoing, and overall incredible people,keep up the hard work. Thanks for being the boyz across the street. Posted by: Donna Hamrick at December 22, 2004 12:18 PM I'm going to add a bit to what Tim said...Great things are created by Great people! Phil and Mike are all about putting each other first! When you can create and grow a wonderful 17 year relationship like they have, I don't have any doubts that whatever they attempt will turn out as great as they are! Love you guys!!! Brainer and Dave Posted by: Dave Fredrickson at December 22, 2004 04:23 PM.
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