10 Questions With… A series that delves into fresh new releases from some of our favourite artists. With a focus on our Melodic Distraction hosts and wider community, this lil natter gives us an insight into their musical escapades when they’re in their studio, not ours.
This time, we chat with North London based artist blu3mink following the release of his latest track ‘broken thoughts’. Raising important issues on mental health, the track is a luscious departure from debut EP ‘Angels & Nightmares’, which has racked up over 100k plays on Spotify! Find out more below…
Hi blu3mink – we love your latest single ‘broken thoughts’. What are the ideas behind it?
My latest release ‘broken thoughts’ is a song about broken emotions, written to create a message of never being alone through mental battles. Broken thoughts can mean anything you interpret it as; my idea was to create a track that had a vague message of mixed emotions, but with a certain tone to it. I wanted to connect with my listeners and for them to connect with the track if they have gone through similar experiences, whatever the experiences are.
Who were you listening to a lot whilst making it?
Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lil Peep, Machine Gun Kelly, Blink 182.
It follows the release of your debut EP ‘Angels & Nightmares’. Can you tell us a bit more about the process of making the EP? What different themes does the EP explore?
The ‘Angels & Nightmares’ EP explores many different themes. ‘Angels & Nightmares’ and ‘sevensixsinner’ have a dark emo vibe, whereas others including ‘Falling’ and ‘Nineteen Hearts’ have more of a mellow and melodic feel.
These contrasting themes represent how I felt at the time, as well as showing the range of styles in my ability as an artist. The title reflects the mixture of happy and sad, positive and negative and light and dark connotations of each song. I wanted the EP to portray the range of emotions and for the listeners to relate to some, or all of them, in one way or another.
Do your surroundings of North London have an impact on your music?
Yes, of course. I feel like a lot of artists these days create music through being a product of their environment, myself included. Wherever I go and whatever I experience influences my songwriting; it all ends up in my mind, whether physically or mentally, and then portrayed through my music.
The artwork is also really cool. Who designed it and what are the ideas behind it?
I designed the artwork myself. I wanted to go for an abstract approach, with layed images to conitate the different layers and side to my mind and emotions throughout the track.
Do you see ‘broken thoughts’ as a departure from the EP or a continuation?
A departure for sure. My aim is to make each song better than the last; sometimes that won’t be the case but it’s all about elevation at the end of the day. Me and my producer/engineer try different approaches and work together to create music that represents exactly what we want it to.
What’s one thing people may not know about you as an artist?
One thing that people may not know about me as an artist is that I am an Australian Citizen.
What’s next for you?
I’m releasing a new EP in October, as well as filming music videos in the coming months. My last EP was a success surpassing 100,000 Spotify, so I want this next one to be even bigger and better.
‘broken thoughts’ is out now – check it out below!
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