30 Aug Blaqout: Interview and Lock & Load EP Review
Ever since the young age of 16 years of age, Lance “Blaqout” Dean has been killing it, making a name for himself in the electronic music scene and has proven what others have told him to be impossible. Signed to huge labels such as Relentik Records, Buygore, Warpaint and even Impossible Records that was founded by KJ Sawka. He’s a very diverse artist with a more hybrid style to his sound. Although his primary forte is high energy, heavy dubstep; recently he’s been experimenting and going outside the box with all kinds of genres. Super dark and spooky vibes, however are his guilty pleasure/favorite.
He has always genuinely valued bringing quality music to his fans. At the end of the day, the big goal for his career is branching out as well as always innovating and inspiring.
Some standout tracks that really showcase him as an artist besides what you’ll hear off his new EP would have to be: “Lost Highway” a collab he did with JPhelpz ft. Messinian and a sinister original titled “Jack Reacher” that he did with the underground sound of Gravity.
Lock & Load EP
Blaqout’s back with his new EP, titled appropriately, Lock & Load, which keeps your head banging and leaves you with a feeling of nostalgia that almost any bass head can oblige to. Ragga Twins take the feature, which makes this a sure-fire recipe for any Dubstep DJ from here to Japan. They listen to dubstep in Japan, right?
Buygore scoops Lock & Load, which comes out today (August 30th), and we at Bassdrop couldn’t be more excited to see how far these tracks can go. Keep Blaqout on your radar, something tells me big things are coming his way.
Bassdrop: What’s the story behind Blaqout?
Blaqout: There’s a pseudo-interesting story behind the alias, and I’d have to preface my answer with one fact. That is, that “Blaqout” was originally supposed to be a duo with my best friend.
BD: For those who aren’t familiar with your music, please describe your style.
B: Stylistically speaking, I’d like to think of myself as more of a hybrid. Although my primary forte is heavy, high-energy dubstep, I’ve recently experimented with all kinds of genres. Dark vibes have always been a favorite of mine, though.
BD: What are your goals for your music career for the next few years?
B: I’ve always valued bringing quality music to my fans, that they can enjoy but a big goal for my career is to branch out, and experiment with just about anything possible. I want to innovate and inspire while being inspired by the artists that I look up to.
BD: What has been your funniest and most memorable moment to date?
B: My funniest moment to date, would have to be at Global Dub Festival in Kansas City earlier this year. Datsik was headlining, and he’s one of my favorite artists by far. During his set, his tour manager had me and my manager spray water bottles all over the crowd to cool them off. As if that weren’t fun, and funny enough already, I received a text later from my buddy in the crowd that said something to the effect of “bruh, you made me wet.” Ha-ha!
BD: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time when you’re not making music or playing shows?
B: Honestly, I’ve always been a workaholic so whenever I’m not cooling back with my homies, I’m constantly focusing on bettering myself. Producing, networking, practicing, it’s all I do. In fact, I joke around all the time that producing has become my newest video game addiction!
BD: If you weren’t a DJ, what would you be doing instead?
B: I have no idea what I would be doing instead. Before embarking on this whole music thing, I wanted to work in computer programming. That’s probably what I would be doing if music had never come along. Programming really bugged me, too. Sometimes I spent up to a week on one line of coding. These days, I’d rather just make a fire tune!
BD: Who or what are your biggest sources of inspiration for your music?
B: My biggest sources of inspiration actually stem back pretty far. Right as I entered high school, I discovered artists like Borgore, Skrillex and Deadmau5. Fast forward a year or so, and I discovered Datsik, Coki, Benga, Doctor P and a bunch of others. All of the aforementioned artists heavily inspire me nowadays, but there are so many more I could add to the list. I’ve always believed in being inspired by everyone that’s innovating. Artists like MurDa, Herobust, and Getter really inspire me when it comes to sound design.
BD: What do you think makes you unique in an industry flooded with talent?
B: I enjoy performing on four decks live, and spending a lot of time trying to create new sounds. I’d like to think something unique about me is the fusion of multiple genres. With my music, sound design is something I really want to “stand out.”
Bassdrop: Anything else not mentioned here that’d you’d like to tell your fans?
Blaqout: If there’s one thing that I’d love to tell my fans, it’s that there’s nobody that can stop you from achieving your dreams, other than yourself. Throughout high school, I can’t tell you how many people told me that producing EDM was an unrealistic goal. It doesn’t matter how many times you may fail at something, it only matters how you bounce back and what you learn from your mistakes.
One word? Perseverance
City? St. Louis
Ice Cream? Pistachio
Pizza or Burger? Pizza!
Favorite track to drop at shows? AR the Bushmaster – Yellow Paint
Life of a DJ? Tiring (but I love it)