Canadian electronic artist, Voldo Blanka, left behind the world of a touring rock ‘n’ roll musician to hone his skills as a composer for screen. Through this, Blanka began to envision his music as though it was a scene from a film, designing the sound around how one might feel or move in a certain environment. Tapping into deep sensations and emotions such as fear, anticipation, horror and suspense, Blanka produced a form of sonic storytelling that is ethereal at times and ‘auditory violence’ at others. The result is Voldo Blanka’s debut full length album “nuns enjoy a madman” available everywhere on July 21st.
Voldo Blanka (aka Neu Mannas) made a name for himself fronting the rock group Head of the Herd, who were the first band in Canadian history to have a #1 modern rock single without a record label. They made records in England, Wales, America and Canada with world renowned producers, and spent years on the road including opening stints for Guns n’ Roses, Alice in Chains, and more. His energy and stage presence from his years in a touring rock n’ roll group is palpable in this new project. Having formed a wealth of musical experience, the talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has found solace in the private creative process, and this intimacy with the music has led to the debut record of Voldo Blanka and his edgy brand of alternative electronica.
Now, Blanka shares his debut single and video for “Go Your Way”, a melody driven number built around a classical piano line, counterbalanced by spacey vocals and inventive instrumentation. Tapping into his DIY skills from early days fronting the chart topping indie group Head of the Herd, Blanka will release “Go Your Way” along with the forthcoming album independently.
Whilst recovering from a unique incident, Blanka shut himself away and began to compose prolifically, allowing complete synthesis between himself and the music. This search for perfection demonstrates Blanka’s gritty ethos as a musician and ultimately, an artist, seeing him write and produce the whole record himself, with just a little help from a few guest vocalists.
Although Blanka locates himself underneath the electronic umbrella, he was keen to note that, “people assume if you’re making electronic music that you’re just a button pusher, but I’m a songwriter. I score films, I sing, I play a dozen instruments and I happen to have a love for, and obsession with, what moves people and makes people move. So, I took everything I’ve learned from a life in a touring rock ‘n’ roll band and fused it with the darkest corners of my imagination, and when that liquid metal cooled, I was Voldo Blanka.”
Blanka’s music has drawn comparisons to the likes of Bjork, The Knife and the early work of Daft Punk, consequently displaying his experimental and boundary pushing nature as a musician. Along with his walls of guitars, synthesizers and various other instruments, Blanka has been known to experiment with scrap metal percussion, as well as natural noises such as breathing and ‘the moments between takes’, which he puts through compressors and amplifiers until he finds something totally unique.