B L N K T: A Music Star In The Making
Steven Norris; who is more known by his moniker B L N K T has been sparking a new wave with his abilities as a music producer all while etching his name in the underground world of music as a star in the making. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, B L N K T originally garnered attention after releasing his debut single 'I Won’t Fall' which B L N K T exclusively produced and engineered himself. Despite being a music enthusiast for years, B L N K T didn't start his career until recently. For those of you who aren't familiar with Romantic Cinema by B L N K T., it is an addictive and intuitive story told through the beautiful sounds and innovative productions of its maker. Where are the "hopeless romantics" I might ask as I ponder on the thoughts of what Steven Norris (B L N K T) might have been thinking when he made I Won't Fall. Or how can we fight the feeling of Same Old when we live in a world where technology urges us to fantasize about someone else's "seemingly fantastic" life. There's so many of us who can relate to not being able to Break Free and you "Know I'm Right" when songs like this hit too close to home. Sometimes I just sit and ask myself are we really at the point in life where true and unbridled romantics are gone. Ask yourself the same question... "Are We There"... I honestly hope that we aren't but all I can really control is me and I know that "With Me" chivalry isn't dead. So tonight I'm going to buy an expensive bottle of wine, put Romantic Cinema on Repeat and keep my special someone Buzzn for a Couple Nights. We got to sit down with 'B L N K T' for an interview. Here's what he had to say:
B L N K T (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - Thank you for taking the time to sit with us and answer some fan related questions."
B L N K T - No problem thank you for having me
Rep - Okay lets get right in to it
Do you remember your first time in the studio? Tell us about that experience.
The first time I was in the studio I was just 17 years old and I was hanging out with my buddy Josh. I really owe a lot to him because he really got me psyched about music and the possibilities. I remember hanging out one day drinking and smoking when we thought it would be funny to hear Josh rap. He had some turntables and decided to do a little bit of scratching and rapping. Then he pulled up a studio platform called “Reasons” and was changing sounds and doing things I didn’t understand but it was so compelling. I remember some time later there was a concert coming up in Colorado with an artist I was following who produced his own music and rapped over his own beats. I wanted to do the same thing or initially be an all around artist who can do it all. I attended the Macklemore concert (and literally 25 people showed up) he wasn’t very popular at the time but I remember he did a song rapping about his MPC. I went home later that day and started looking for one. I purchased it, brought it home and I stayed in my room for 6 to 7 hours playing with sounds. At that point I was hooked.
Your first single 'I Won’t Fall' was a great introduction to your sound for us. What can new listeners expect to learn about you from your debut project.
Hopefully they can feel the emotion, heart ache and sense of hope throughout the album. I wanted to make something that reflects where I’m at currently in my life musically. A lot of listeners who’ve known me as I’ve been in and out of projects the past 10 years ask why I’ve transformed my sound into such a calming and relaxing way, simply put, its a reflection of my emotions, however I still try to maintain that bounce. In short, I wanted to make something that no matter who you are you can relate or connect to at least one track off the album, something anyone can enjoy. As my friend Leandro puts it, Its a love letter to the modern music consumer.
Tell us about the singers and songwriters you worked with on this project. Why them?
I worked with songwriter Mike James whom was referred to me by someone I met through a company I worked for. I sent him over a few tracks and he really enjoyed them and wanted to work with me. He’s done work with quite a few big names so I had a lot of faith in his abilities. Mike James wrote 3 songs from the project: Repeat. Break Free. Couple Nights. I really loved what his creativity brought to the project and how he helped bring my vision to life.
I also worked with a songwriter/vocalist by the name of Victor Williams. I met him after his father came to my house to install a new water heater. He saw my Cowboy boots and asked if I was as cowboy. I started laughing and said no, its what my family does, I personally enjoy music. He said “oh wow, my son is a rapper”. Again, its just something about someone saying they’re a rapper in my home town that makes you laugh lol. He played me a few records and I really enjoyed his abilities as a writer. So we both went out on a limb and decided to meet up. At just 16 years old I remember we really hit it off when we met. He’s a really cool guy and wise beyond his years. Can’t wait for you guys to hear his work. He wrote 3 songs from the project: I Won’t Fall. Same Old. Buzzn. (He’s actually the listed singer on the song ‘Buzzn’ as well).
A good friend of mine Jessica aka Rookie, who I met through the winners of a remix competition that I had held with Wavo a few years back for an older project. She’s amazing just all around. Great friend, amazing songwriter and jtalented singer. She kills it as the lead singer in her band The Dirty Low Down. She wrote and sang on the song “Know I’m Right”.
My buddy Dillon (Dillagood) Tafoya helped me with the song “Are We There”.
I worked with a few other talented vocalists on the project. On the song “Repeat” - Mike James reached out to singers (Emily Harder and Kyle Richardson) to assist on the record. They did a great job bringing my vision to life and it was a pleasure having them. Also Nicole Gray and Keegan Feeley provided vocals for the song ‘I Won’t Fall’. Nicoles voice absolutely smashes the record and makes you want to keep listening. Keep an eye on her. Girl is gonna do great things as well as you can count on us bringing you new music together. Keegan Feeley was also on the song “Same Old” and or the song “Couple Nights A Week” - Painted Islands provided some work via Mike James and my good friend Narai Dawn also provided vocals. Absolutely love that track and the dark undertone that it has.
You grew up in Colorado - what has the place you grew up in done for you and other aspiring producers?
To be honest with you I’m not sure what Colorado has done for other producers but for myself, growing up in the mountains, having direct access to summit and not dealing with a lot of people has been very calming and it reflects in my music. It’s a very cinematic place to be in and for me, I feel as though I wanted to get that feeling across in the album. One thing I’ve learned about Colorado is that there is a lot of different culture here. There is music and entertainment all around you but there is still that natural beauty you can’t get anywhere else. Of course most people would point out the fact that weed is legal here which has affected the culture to some degree, however Colorado is open, accepting and insanely beautiful… actually I lied, Colorado sucks don’t move here. Lol. Forget what I just said.
Do you have any fears about the music industry? How would you take someone pushing your sound in a different direction?
My only fear about the music industry is that it can be a little different than what many expect. I’m always open to new ideas and I understand at the end of the day it’s a business. But at the end of the day everything people do is something they either enjoy doing or something that is needed to make the world go round. I fear someone convincing me to think in a way where it’s so much “All About the Business” that I forget what made me great in the first place which is my love for music. People are great at what they love doing and I love to make music. I hope anyone in the music business can accept that and appreciate it as well as take that in to consideration when they make recommendations on the direction of my sound or career.
Describe today's EDM music scene if you can in just a single word.
Describe your perfect listener with just a single word. What are they like?
I would say my perfect listener is a "hopeless romantic". Someone who has seen the troubles of relationships and hopes for better. I’m the type of person who wants so hard to believe in people but at the same time I’m a realist. I understand that I live in a modern world where it’s ten times easier to cheat or to disappoint someone. I feel as though in some ways we all forgot how to love. My perfect listener is someone who wants to bring ‘romantics’ back to the modern day relationship.
Give us a random fact about B L N K T - that people don't already know.
Hmmm, something that people don't know... Myself and my high school buddies Leandro and Robbie where in my Mom’s kitchen one day after school and we were thinking of a stunt to do. Obsessed with filming everything, Leandro go’s to the fridge and grabs this yogurt and looks at Robbie and say’s “Yo dude, you wonna….” (Laughing) No I can’t finish that but outside of music I spend most of my time golfing, doing video or owning little kids in ‘Rocket League’. Come at me bro, team ‘Waste Management’. Lol.. jk, we’re trash.
In Conclusion - what can current and new music fans expect from B L N K T for the remainder of 2018?
They can expect the album “Romantic Cinema”. I have been working on this project for about 3 years now and I’m finally ready to show the world what B L N K T music is all about. It’s 10 tracks of pure greatness and will take you on an emotional rollercoaster. All of my focus for the remainder of the year is on this. So October 5, 2018 I need everybody to go to their favorite streaming platforms and stream ‘Romantic Cinema’. I love you guys and thanks for listening.
B L N K T (Interview) - Transcript
Rep - That concludes all of our fan questions B L N K T, thanks for staying past your designated time with us - we wish you the best of luck. Keep up the great work!
B L N K T - No worries and again thanks for having me.