Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Blake.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in a very musical household, my mom sang, and my dad was a drummer. I grew up going to his shows and always loved it. I would even get up on the fireplace with my toy sax and imitate them playing. My dad was the one who pushed me to start playing guitar when I was in Jr. High, and by the time I was in high school, I was hooked. I sang, wrote and played in a number of crappy local bands until I finally started to take music seriously.
I started producing and recording myself around the time I turned 19 after my last band broke up. After that, I was determined to try to do it by myself. The result was a pop / R&B EP titled “Weekend Love” which didn’t garner much attention but did lead me to meet dance producer Caden Jester. From there, we started working together and finally started to see some real success. Our first track “Sugar” ended up on Kiki Palmer’s YouTube show and led to us releasing another song called “Secret Lover” this time with another producer from the UK called SoCo which ended up being featured on MTV’ Teen Mom and undressed as well as ABC’s The Fix.
Ready to finally start releasing solo music again, I teamed up fellow singer/songwriter/producer Bailey Graham, and together we crafted an EP called “This Side of Paradise.” Graham and I continue to write and produce together to this day and have recently been working on new tracks for both of our projects.
I still do many collaborations with dance producers, the latest of which, a song I did with Italian producer Glaceo called “Goodnight” is currently sitting at 1.5 Million plays on Spotify. It’s funny to me that my dance collabs are what have gotten the most attention and accolades because I was never really a big fan of dance music and kind of just fell into the genre. It’s kind of freeing though, to be able to work on something and not have a strong emotional attachment.
I’m currently working on two new EP’s as well as a few more singles and collaborations.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m a singer/songwriter/ producer, so my art is the art of creating a song/record out of nothing. That’s really the most thrilling thing for me. I still love playing on stage and performing for crowds, but the idea of creating a whole new music that people can listen to out of nowhere is what gets me off.
My sound would probably best fall into the Alt- R&B genre, although I do a lot of dance, pop, and hip hop stuff as well.
I really just create music and art because I love it. I know I probably supposed to say something really altruistic here but I’m pretty selfish about it. My songs are all about personal things that I go through and experience and really act as a way to help me work through whatever is on my mind. If other people relate and it helps them too then, of course, I love that and love getting to connect with people on that level, but in the end, I have to do it for myself.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Be patient. I have a line in an upcoming release called “Slow Ride” that goes “…dreaming is a slow grind”. And it’s true. Nothing worth having happens fast, so just be patient, put in the work, stay true to yourself, and if you’re relentless it’ll happen. It’s all cliche shit, but it’s cliched for a reason.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
You can listen to almost everything I have by searching “Christopher Blake” on Spotify/Apple Music. I have some other unreleased stuff on my SoundCloud which you can reach at soundcloud.com/thebedroompoet.
I don’t play live a ton anymore, but you can follow me @thebedroompoet on IG & Twitter to keep up with when/where I’m playing.
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