‘Listen to good music rather than searching for playlists of famous and established artistes,’ says Blaken 8o8, an upcoming EDM and hip hop producer from Guwahati. He mentions that the motive of wearing a mask is to promote the idea of celebrating good music irrespective of the artiste name. ‘I have been learning to play guitar and keyboard since I was 7.’
He takes inspiration from Skrillex and is motivated by Marshmello. Blaken made his first attempt on music production in 2013 and entered the beat-business six months back.
‘Rather than being on stage, I prefer to work in my studio. I enjoy being in my workstation’ says the producer who likes to chill with some beer before he starts working on a new project. However, he shares that he had a blast at his first live performance at ‘Metropolis Asia’ which gained him popularity. ‘Thanks to my good friend Notorious Sam for believing in me. The crowd was supportive. They were awesome. ’ Playing at a concert gives him more pleasure than the confined environment of a club. He feels ecstatic when people jump and groove to his music.
A lover of Indian cuisine, his top five Indian electronic acts include (S)haan, Progressive Brothers, Lost Stories, Zaeden and Sartek. He didn’t unveil much about his future plans but he did mention that he wants to take his music to international stages, represent India and help local talents by promoting their work. He assured that some big projects are lined up with Notorious Sam and Aahe from Note Gang, which he is also a part of.
This weekend, take a moment and listen to this playlist created specially by Blaken 8o8 for the readers of Vibes Northeast.
By Mrinal Paul