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An interview with electro-pop film scorer Voldo Blanka

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How did you get your initial start in music?

I’ve been playing music since I was in diapers, and playing in bands since I had terribly filthy long dyed black hair in jr. high, but it wasn’t till later I knew this would be what I was going to do with my life.

I went to coachella alone in 2007. First time I’d ever been to a festival like that. Rage Against the Machine reunited and I really dug into electronic music. From that day I knew there was ONLY one thing I’d do with my life. And that is to make records and play live.

I had a few projects on the go but the one that broke was my last band Head of the Herd. We were the first band in our country to have a #1 song without a label and that taught me everything I know making the music YOU want to make, and standing by that.

 

What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

I love making records, touring, and writing film scores. So every record I make, gig I play, and film I compose for, I’m getting closer to the place I want to be

 

How long have you been writing your own music?

I reckon I wrote my first song at about 12. A switch flipped in my head and I became OBSESSED with music. I would play till I fell asleep with my guitar in my hands, and spent all day at school talking shit about this band, that band, this instrument, that producer. Since then I’ve never suffered from not knowing what to do with my time. Every moment then went towards being the best artist I could be.

 

Who are your top three influences and why?

This question is impossible! But a few people have always astounded me with fearlessness and creativity. Nina Simone…my favourite vocalist ever. And I don’t just throw that around. Listen to the live version of “funkier than a mosquito’s tweeter” and you’ll know why.

Tarantino. You don’t need your musical influences to be musicians. It’s about making your own rules and creating what you want to create regardless of all the voices in your ear. You can learn a lot from his take on dialogue.

Josh Homme. Has there ever been a cooler motherfucker than this. Making the darkest, prettiest music I’ve ever heard in my life.

Seriously this question is killing me… Ray Charles, Damon Albarn, Dangermouse, Zeppelin, its endless. Let’s crush a casual dozen beers together and we can really dig in.

 

Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Making ‘nuns enjoy a madman’ was about creative freedom. About making movie moments and tapping into subtle, and not so subtle, mood manipulation.

I came from a touring rock band that made records all over the world, to shutting the door and locking myself in a dark room to see where I could get with just my imagination and a fuckload of instruments.

It was scary and fun, but more scary than fun. And I like that.

 

Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

I’m currently based in Vancouver on the West Coast of Canada. The commodore is one of the best rooms I’ve played in my life. Gaddam do I love that place.

 

Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

Plasteroid is a new band from here that are a must listen to. Fucking aces.

Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

Go to www.voldoblanka.com to hear the record and sign up for the email list. But first, add Voldo Blanka on fb and Instagram. That’s where I do most of my updates.

You guys are the best, thanks for listening.

Soundcloud: https://tinyurl.com/yczk5ewq

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/voldoblanka/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voldoblanka/?hl=en

 

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Nana D v Jordan Crisp

Ghanaian artist Nana D teams up with producer Jordan Crisp for new track ‘Ngoma’. Released on December 2nd, the unique collaboration fuses together electronic dance elements with traditional African drums.

Watch here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRwMhIyK-wg

1.      How did you get your initial start in music?

Nana D: I was introduced to the music business from my god mother Carroll Thompson, who is known as The Queen of lovers rock. She was one of my biggest inspirations. I also met up with the Godfather of Hip Hop culture Afrika Bambaataa who played a role and encouraged me keep doing music.

Jordan Crisp: A friend of mine introduced me to his cousin who had a studio and he would let me use it when he wasn’t there. Ever since then I haven’t wanted to do anything else.

2.      What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?

Nana D:  My ultimate aim is to use music/film as a tool tell stories and push musical boundaries.

Jordan Crisp: I would love to get my music heard by as many people as possible. I like to push boundaries between something current and something that has never been heard before so just want people to enjoy my music as much as I enjoy making it.

3.      How long have you been writing your own music?

Nana D: since I was a kid a long time ago lol

Jordan Crisp: I started when I was about 13-14
4.      Who are your top three influences and why?

Nana D: Afrika Bambaataa is a big influence cause, he among other people pushed boundaries, musically and socially  and created something amazing, Hip Hop culture!!!

Prince is another person who has amazing talent where only a few like him still remain and also had the foresight to adapt to the digital age.  Woodkid is a very big inspiration cause he is a filmmaker/artist like myself combining music with visuals. This day of age you cant get away by just creating music!!!!

Jordan Crisp: Timberland has always inspired me because of his use of drums using sounds that you wouldn’t expect to work and making them work.

Busta rhymes was one of the first artists I remember having on tape that opened my eyes to the possibilities of what you can do with a vocal.

Daft punk were the people that really got me into doing electronic music some of the most iconic synths came from these guys and I’ve always wanted to own my own flashing helmet since seeing these guys live!
5.      Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?

Nana D: The current release came about when I teamed up with Jordan Crisp, once we did the track. I flew over to Tanzania to shoot the video, everyone on the video came about through Facebook. The video for it was to give a snapshot on African culture and also to show people the role on how Africa played a role on modern music and dance  and vice versa. Lets take it back…….

Jordan Crisp: Well we are looking to release it early December please share with friends your support is much appreciated!

6.      Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?

Nana D: I’m primarily based in the UK but have ties in East Africa and Ghana and the middle east. While I’m in the UK I go to the Hootnanny in Brixton every 3rd Wednesday of each month for a Zulu nation Jam session where singers, rappers and musicians jam under one roof for free!!!

Jordan Crisp: I’m based in South London I suppose it’s pretty good. Brixton is always a cool spot to go out to if I’m gonna go local but I like to get out of London and go to clubs I’ve never been to because you never know what you’re gonna get.

7.      Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?

Nana D: In the UK I listen to the hip hop group Caxton Press, In terms of Africa I’m loving Nneka, Blitz the Ambassador and Kwanza Unit’s Zaiid

Jordan Crisp: I would advise checking out Rufio summers great new artist doing new school blues. Definitely worth a listen.

8.      Give our readers a roundup of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.

Nana D: You can follow me on twitter @mynameisnanad,  facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nana-D/11165757729 and Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzhCoifjIrFWXgNYRzOBaMA/videos

Jordan Crisp: You can follow me on twitter for the latest updates on what I’m doing @officialjcmusic and listen to more of my music atwww.soundcloud.com/jordancrisp