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INTERVIEW: Blanke

Hi Blanke, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey thanks for having me on! I’ve been great. Currently on a tour around aus and doing a lot of writing.

Can you talk to us more about your track “Rush”?

Rush came about when Holly hit me up to work. He had this heater of a demo that that this super groovy lead line that is the main focus in the released version. It almost had a lazy feel to it but it was HARD. I loved it. So i took that and did my thing with it! It was great, didn’t take us too long to go back and forth and come up with the final version of the record.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Not particularly! When I heard what he wrote I was hyped to add my twist to it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No plans for a video for the track yet! But who knows…

The single comes off your new EP Sneaky Plans – what’s the story behind the title?

“Sneaky Plans & Clever Tricks” is actually a variation of a quote from Roald Dahl’s “The Enormous Crocodile”. I’ve always loved how mischievous and mysterious it sounded and thought it would fit the music for the EP really well.  I’ll be doing more with the name in the future so keep and eye out…

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing was process spanned out over some time. Writing Sneaky Plans & Clever Trick was a bit of an experiment for me. I wanted to write the hardest record I possibly could. I remember sitting in my managers living room writing it one weekend and getting the “Holy Sh*t what is that” remark… always feels good!

What role does Australia play in your music?

I try to be as true to myself as i can when i writing music. What I feel is what I put down. So i suppose Australia and its music culture would have some sort of influence on my music making decisions subconsciously!

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are remixing someone else rather than in your own?

Totally. I mean, in certain ways, not at all. But you’ve got to switch your thinking. Sometimes it’s a blessing because you’re not starting from scratch when you’re remixing someone else tune. Those limitations often help my work flow. Some elements can really carry the track and you can focus on your strengths. On the other hand regarding originals, starting with a blank canvas (pun intended) can be daunting. But the freedom is also great. As with everything, it really depends! Time, place, mood, how hungry I am, etc.

What aspect of bass music did you get to explore on this record?

With each record it always feels like another learning curve. You discover so many different things about yourself and the way you write every single time. I haven’t written anything this aggressive which is something i was really looking to do. Needed to get it off my chest you know! I can focus on other aspects now that I’ve done this. I don’t really like doing the same thing twice. Moving forward is the best way to learn!

Any plans to hit the road?

Im currently on the road in Australia and New Zealand and working on getting a US Tour in before the end of the year hopefully!

What else is happening next in Blanke’s world?

Lots of collaborations with other artists happening at the moment! The joy of writing music with other people is surreal. Lots of mid tempo stuff which I’ve been really honing in on for a while now. I feel super comfortable writing around that area. And heading to the US as soon as i can!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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