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

All good thanks we have been crazy busy with band gigs and festivals as well as DJ’ing and MC’ing sets we love it.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “It’s A Pity”?

Well what can we say it’s our rework of a track by artist Tanya Stephens. A singer we were working with called Tanya Lacey mentioned it as her favorite track and we liked it as well, so we did our own version which Tanya Stephens heard and loves as well and has said she would love to be in the music video. The video will be shot real soon.

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

As above DJ Bunjy asked Tanya Lacey what her fav track was as he was working with her before she got introduced to the band and we all reworked the original to be our very own version with Joe Peng vocals and Tanya Lacey.

How did it feel when the unofficial upload of ‘It’s A Pity’ on YouTube hit 4.4 million views?

Well it’s a blessing when any fan listens or posts up your music.

The single comes off your new album About Time – what’s the story behind the title?

The story behind the About Time album is we wanted to create a timeline of our Laid Blak journey in the way of song choices. Starting from track 1, ‘Cool Dude’ which is the very first track ever produced by Bunjy and Joe Laid Blak  to tracks like ‘No Way Out’ or ‘Mic Man’ and also paying homage to old band members input and influences as we try our hardiest to keep it as a tight and respectful, for what we feel is a family/ group/ band.

How was the recording and writing process?

Well the one good thing about Laid Blak and the talented musicians we work with is that we have lots of songs and ideas knocking around old and new thankfully. Well with gigging and life lol it can be slow at times, Joe would say! Hence the name of our 2nd studio recorded album calling it ‘About Time’ –  lol!

What role does Bristol play in your music?

Bristol is the heartbeat of what and who we are – hence having tracks called ‘Bristol Love’ and M32.

How did you go on blending your Reggae and Ska roots on this record?

We just do what we feel and love and never try to force something that is not natural music to us all.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Life man.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have a proposed tour lined up and will also be releasing more music videos from the ‘About Time’ album courtesy of Sugar Shack Records.

What else is happening next in LAID BLAK’s world?

Always working on new music not just reggae other flavors and trying to push the boundaries in what we do – which is feel good music.

Words from Joe Peng, dedicated to the white the black, the slim the fat, don’t worry about that, just get up and make your body rock non-stop – Laid Blak

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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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