Four years ago a new profile popped up on Instagram. Spurred on by the irony of all musicians sharing the same picture—a shot of their shoes and their pedal board—BootsandBoards was born.
Having the privilege to talk to the creator of BootsandBoards, we wanted to give you a peek behind the curtain. Not only did we love getting to know the origin story of such a successful profile, we think there’s a lot of wisdom to be gained from his perspective and purpose of BootsandBoards.
BootsandBoards was started out of pure boredom. Having just moved into my own place after a mission trip to India, I started the profile simply to amuse myself. I’ve joked with fellow musicians that we all take the same picture, so this boots and boards concept seemed like an entertaining profile to launch.
My musical background is actually a pretty funny story. When I was like 9 or 10 my little brother mentioned he wanted to learn guitar. So, naturally, I had to learn because there was no way I was going to let my little brother be cooler than me. From there I’ve played at a number of churches and in their bands—oh, and you can’t forget high school band.
I’ve always like puns and been drawn to wordplay so having this creative outlet has been really fun. If you read my captions you get a real picture of my sense of humor. Funnily enough, when BootsandBoards started, no one knew for months. But my sister actually came across the profile and sent it to me and said she was 90% sure it was me simply based on the style of captions and the humor there.
Music influences? Based on my worship background I feel like I have to say U2. But besides that, artists like The Eagles and Ryan Adams or anything American and countryish has been something I’ve been a big fan of recently.
I never thought BootsandBoards would grow to where it is now—simply because that was never my goal. From day one, this has just been a platform I enjoy running and is entertaining for me, and thankfully that still rings true today. An awesome bonus has been that the profile, and the followers that have grown around it, really have become a community.
At the end of the day, it’s built on me sharing and showcasing other musicians. And how I see it, if I can put a smile on someone’s face because I shared their stuff with 15K+ people, I’ve done great work. I want to use BootsandBoards for other people, which is actually why you don’t see my face at all. That’s not what I want to be known for, this place is for others and putting other people in the spotlight—not my own “fame.”