Tonight at Hope and Ruin, one of Brighton’s musicians Blake Bastion will be having a launch party for his debut E.P ‘Hummingbird’. We contacted Blake on this special occasion and got him to answer a few questions.
Tell us about your new album, how did it come about? This is my first E.P release as Blake Bastion. Previously to this I was producing more electronic music, but needed a change in direction and wanted to get back into songwriting and guitar playing. I went busking last year around the UK, then toured East Africa and did a mini tour of Europe playing shows everywhere I could. The songs on the E.P were written on the journey and I recorded them when I came to Brighton.
What inspires your music? The journey over the past year has really inspired this EP. I would say life and people inspire my music. Playing with other musicians. Music has always been a therapy for me, and so when people tell me that my music has a positive effect on them, that really pushes me to keep digging deeper into songs, melody and composition.
Are you from Brighton? No, I was born in Cornwall, moved around the UK a lot when I was younger, then ended up in London for some time. I’ve now found my home in Brighton and been here for almost a year.
What took you here? I needed to get out of London, and Brighton is close enough if I need to get back in the smoke, plus it has an amazing music scene here, it’s by the sea and I didn’t realise how much I missed that till I came here. I love it.
When did you decide to become a musician? I think I wanted to play guitar for as long as I can remember. My dad played drums so I grew up around jam sessions and music played around the house constantly. It was never really a choice I made – I couldn’t ever imagine doing anything else, I’ve been addicted to it my whole life and had to find a way to do it full time.
What do you find most challenging about being a musician? Being independent, the most challenging thing is earning a living from music alone, then funding the whole process from the recording, mastering, artwork, promotion, and videos though to full release. I love the challenge of it though, its been a struggle to get to this point but it’s all part of the process. I get to do what I love, and for that it’s worth it.
Where do you go out when you go out in Brighton? When I’m not playing gigs I really go out to check live music, pretty much any live venue in Brighton has great local talent or touring acts any day of the week.
What kind of music do you like to listen to? Anything and everything. I get the reason for having genre labels, but when you really get into music as madly as I am you find that there are only really two types – good & bad. Then even the bad stuff can be good sometimes, and the good stuff bad. All depends on where your at
If you would not be doing music what would you be doing? Working hard so that I could have time to be doing my music.
Tell us about Sundays event: It’s a launch party for my debut E.P ‘Hummingbird’, at the Hope & Ruin, Brighton. Ill be playing for the first time backed by a full 8 piece band, including a String quartet, for a one off show. We have support from Giorgia-May, who recently played a sold out show supporting Omar, and Thrill Syndicate. Its going to be a great night, I cant wait to play the EP for the first time with this band, its sounding epic and we’re all really hyped about it. Its only £3 to get in, doors open at 7:30pm, and I suggest people come down early as its looking like it could get busy. There’s still some advance tickets available at http://www.blakebastion.co.uk/tickets