• Blaqwell – “We suffer today from a lack of authenticity”

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    With tracks more solid than the cinderblock buildings of Brick City NJ, upstart and Tech/House kingpin Blaqwell has steadily risen amongst the ranks of the new breed of house music producers from the USA.

    Blaqwell’s music has also been supported and played by the likes of Ministry of Sound, late maestro Frankie Knuckles, Tiger Stripes, Junior Sanchez, Todd Terry, Weiss, Maya Janes Coles and Toddla T to name a few.

    He has signed releases to illustrious labels like Brobot, Simma Black, Lapsus, Guesthouse, Toolroom and more. His tracks are regularly featured by Beatport, Spotify, and Traxsource for their “Best Of” “Must Hear” and “Essential” tracks

    On the DJ front, Blaqwell has graced the decks alongside heroes like Derrick Carter, Carl Craig, Low Steppa, Jesse Rose, Felix Da Housecat, Oliver Dollar, Doc Martin, Weiss, and DJ Pierre and many more.

    Notable performances at MIXMAG LAB, Fngrs Crssd Presents, Who’s Who’s Music Festival (MX), Amsterdam Dance Event, and Miami Music Week.

    Not one to be ignored, Blaqwell’s star is certainly on the rise. Sit back and watch what’s to come from this NJ house music phenom.

    Q&A with S&S

    S&S: What’s your style of music? How do you describe it? I love making house music and all that house incombasis… House, Techno, Deep House, Afro, Soulful, Tech etc. It’s all house and I try to keep it diverse. When I create visual art I use all manner of tool and medium, so not limiting myself is important.
    S&S: Who or what was most instrumental to you when it came to music?
    1. My Grandmother and the music she exposed me to
    2. My time as a dancer in the NYC House scene in the 90s and early 2000s
    S&S: What drives you creatively? Love for the process. Creating something new from an idea or feeling.
    S&S: How much does your audience influence you and your music selection? Not so much. I think I try to influence them.
    S&S: What artists or genres do you listen to when you’re not working? Too many to name but rock, hip hop, blues, afro house to name a few
    S&S: Do you have any favorite memories of growing up with your family? Summers fishing with my Grandmother.
    S&S: Is there anything you would like people to know about you? No. Gotta leave a little mystery.
    S&S: Are there any charities you are working with or excited to tell us about? Not at the moment but trying to change that in 2021
    S&S: Are there any questions that you wish people would ask you? Never thought about it. Not really… no.
    S&S: And on the flip side of that, are there any questions or references you wish people would stop asking or using? No.
    S&S: What artist(s) have you been the most excited to work with? Big fan of Derrick Carter, was excited to play with him in LA a couple of years ago.
    S&S: Are there any artists that you dream of working with on a collaboration? The shortlist….Mr. G, Kink, Carl Craig, Pablo Fierro, and Floorplan
    S&S What advice would you give to an aspiring artist? We suffer today from a lack of authenticity. Forget the so called rules…Just be yourself and do you.
    S&S: What can we look forward to next from you? Upcoming work on Brobot Records and W+O Street Tracks.
    S&S Records, Inc. (and S&S Chicago, Inc.) was established in 2005 by 4-time GRAMMY® nominated producer Steve “Silk” Hurley and global DJ/Producer Shannon “DJ Skip” Syas. Merging Hurley’s worldwide commercial success and Syas’ strong global following, the dance label has become home to numerous musical greats and one of the most respected blogs on the internet.

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