Q&A: SONNY BLAKE IN THE INTERVIEW
1) Go ahead, represent yourself. What is Sonny Blake all about.
Sonny Blake is just about music & sound. It´s that simple.
2) Lay down some early musical influences.
I grew up listening to hiphop, punk rock, experimental music and industrial rock and I got into electronic music from there. I guess releases like Autechre´s - Basscad ep, Scorn´s - Gyral lp and the first couple of white label 12“ singles of D&B label No-U-Turn have been some of my earliest influences on my music productions.
3) Where do you find your inspiration today?
I draw my inspiration a lot from experimenting with instruments and sounds where at some point I get an idea of the next steps and in which direction I want to go with the production.
Also listening to jazz and soul music helps a lot. Especially jazz is a wonderful thing to clean ears and mind after long studio sessions of repetitive music.
4) How did you hook up with Tiefparterre Records.
I know them since day one from Graz where I lived for a long time. The rest is history.
5) What are your studio tools?
I got into modular synths couple of years ago and my friends from Syncmode hooked me up with some analog vintage gear like a tr-808 or outboard FX equipment. So I use that a lot these days. It´s an intuitive and fun way to start a project. When i have a tight layout I use Ableton Live and plug-ins to finish it.
6) Apart from making music you are also a bmx rider and you have even won the World Championship in 2005. Do you think making music and riding a bmx bike interacts with each other?
When I spent countless hours practicing tricks on my bike I always did it with headphones and music.
Music can be an immense source of energy to me and bmx riding can be an inspiration for music because of it´s dynamic and flow.
7) If you could work with one person, producer, vocalist, anything, who would it be?
Richard D. James
8) Your precious 12".
I associate loads of records to good memories so this is too hard to pick one out of my collection. Maybe I pass on the question (;
9) Name a shame track.
I wouldn’t consider any track a shame track.
Would Martin Garrix´ - Animals fit as an answer? Because I guess nobody can listen to it anymore.
10) What are you listening to right now, just an artist or couple tracks that you've had on serious rotation?
Lorn - The maze to nowhere EP
Tenebre - Psalm Pattern
Roger S. - Deep
Woz - Cherry Hill ft. Max Marshall
11) Where do you see electronic music going and how do you see yourself in it?
I can see electronic music emerge to a more complex form of multimedia productions, live acts and audiovisual experiences with the help of new technology.
Other than that I think producing electronic music will be a very common activity in our society because nowadays it gets easier and easier to access proper music tools and instruments to create electronic music.
Maybe there will be a couple of new artificially made up sub genres of another sub genre until the differences of genres get so small that it´s undeniable that music is borderless and just a perception that makes you feel something.
I will be right there in the middle of that doing what I like to do most. making music.
12) Your chance to promote what you got coming up next / in the future.
I am planing some releases at the moment but it´s too soon to talk about any details.
13) Shout outs?
Shout out go to Tom from Sevisual, all members of Syncmode, Dizzy Womack, the Tiefparterre Records crew, Flora P, Reen West, Plan, His namelessness is Legion, Simon/off, Altroy and MSR distro, Karl Lugus, Hiroshi from 430 and of course Shiruke, my family and everybody that supports me!