EXCLUSIVE: Interview with DJ, Blinkie

DJ and producer, Blinkie, is back with a new and pumping house anthem, ‘Take Control’.

The track – which was released in November 2018 – showcases his warm, driven grooves and utilises thumping chord patterns and slick club-ready hooks.

It is a follow up to his hit single, ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love)’, which amassed over 17 million Spotify streams and gained support from the likes of BBC Radio 1 Ministry of Sound, Kiss FM and many more.

Blinkie’s music career began at the age of 14, when he started creating vibrant beats and gaining inspiration from the likes of Kanye West, Quincy Jones and Frankie Knuckles.

Not only is the Londoner a master of feel-good anthems, but he also focuses on raising mental health awareness through music, to combat struggles.

He takes part in many projects involving music to prove to likeminded individuals that they are not alone.

The high quality mixer has recently collaborated with funky-house legends, Crazy Cousinz, on, ‘Blue Skies’, and produced official reworks for the likes of Major Lazer and Anne-Marie.

We caught up with Blinkie to chat about his music, but more importantly, his latest single, ‘Take Control’.

So what inspired the song, ‘Take Control’?

I often get sent vocals by various singer-song writers that I go through to see if anything speaks to me. This one time I got sent an acapella by a song writer that I regularly work with, Gabby Feldman. As soon as I heard the acapella, I envisioned the vibe and I built the track around the bit of the acapella that stood out to me.  

If somebody – who hasn’t heard the single yet – were to read this, how would you describe it? 

An Infectious groovy piano house anthem. 

What genre would you say your music fits into? 

I can’t say I that my music fits into one genre. Different elements come into play in my sound and I’ve been influenced by a diverse range of producers/artists growing up and still today such as Quincy Jones, Kanye West and Rick Rubin. I just really enjoy making good music. Right now, I’ve been releasing house tracks, but I have worked on other genres just as much. I intend to always learn about new vibes/sounds and always work on perfecting my skill in every genre that may appeal to me in the future. So, I’d refer to myself as a chameleon when it comes to music genre, because I can pick up a vibe and incorporate it in a track and make it my own.  

What inspired you to go into music?

My interest in music started when I was young simply from being around my family because they love to play music and throw parties. When it came to make my own music, I started when I was 14 years old and I’ve been working on my skills ever since then. I think music was the only thing that could have my full attention.  

Your debut single, ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love)’ was a huge hit! Did you ever imagine it would get the reaction it did? 

Honestly, I didn’t anticipate this reaction. When I put it out on sound cloud it was for people to hear it and for me to have something out. I’m very grateful people responded so well to this track when it was properly released. I received lots of messages from people telling me how the song helped them on their own journey and that’s what motivates me to do what I do. 

Who is your favourite DJ at the minute? 

My favourite DJs at the moment is Solardo & MK. 

Who would you love to collaborate with? 

I have a long list of people that I would love to collaborate with but MK, Calvin Harris, Jess Glynne, Emeli Sande, Anne Marie & Astrid S would be my top 5 at the moment. 

Can fans expect a tour?

Hopefully, I’m definitely going to be playing out more this year. I’d love to meet the people who listen to my music. 

Looking into the future, where do you hope to be in five years? 

I’m looking to grow as a producer and DJ. I’m going to be releasing a lot more music and getting out of the studio to do more gigs. 

Go and check out the pumping house anthem which is set to dominate dance floors worldwide.

Tweet us @CelebMix and let us know what you think of Blinkie’s latest single, ‘Take Control’.

Written by Jodi

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