@SonRaw: Before we talk about Blacklink, what’s going on with the other label you’re involved with, Mixclique?
@BigDeann: I’m moving away from Mixclique, because quite a lot of things have happened to delay stuff. We had a release with Hi5Ghost, Trends, and Mr. Mitch all on the same record–it was Trends’ record with remixes, and it’s sick. We were pressing the music up with [London pressing plant] Music House but honestly, things went so wrong the record never came out. There were too many delays and it sort of killed the project. For one reason or another it’s never gonna come out.
How did your involvement in Mixclique come about?
BD: The guy who runs it with me is called Neon Beatz, he approached me when I was like 14–we were friends on Facebook and we spoke about music a lot. I actually started out by blogging for about a year and from there I just got more and more involved with the label until it became a 50-50 split. But then he started working too much, so it was more work and weight on me. It got to the point where it was a lot, but I still had to run things through him, and he just didn’t have time. Ultimately, I said “don’t let me trample your thing” it might be better if I do my own thing. So now I’ve started Blacklink and I just want to move forward with that, and make it my priority.
So that whole first link up was through the Internet?
BD: Yeah, cause I’m not from anywhere near where he is. I’ve only ever met him thrice. We linked up when I was 14 online and I’m 20 now, but he’s from Ipswich and I’m from a town near Birmingham so it was definitely done through the net.
Makes sense, to be honest that’s how I actually linked up with this site’s editor. From the Midlands, how did you end up moving to Bristol?
BD: Through the first vinyl release we did on Mixclique–Lemzly Dale’s “State of War”—I built a really good connection with Lemzly and got kind of wrapped up in the Kahn and Neek stuff and Boofy, Hi5… so that was really appealing for me to come down here and see it first hand. I came down to Boxed Bristol and just fell in love with it. How beautiful of a place is it? It’s rough around the edges but it’s a nice warm place. Someone could come up and just be nice to me and you don’t really get that where I grew up. And there’s just great music here too.
I have noticed that it’s easy to approach people here. I’ve had genuine conversations with people in this city–just buying lunch, people are fairly happy to have a chat and are quite proud of the place. So did moving here sort of lead to your producing?
BD: About 2007, I really got focused on music. Before then I just hadn’t heard much that appealed to me. It was bassline that I got into first, my older sister had a car and she used to blare this bassline CD and I thought it was just sick. My sister was really into music so I figured “why can’t I be?” You know how you want to be into something cool as a kid? It was that kind of thing with an older sibling.
Music just resonated with me more than anything else I did in my teenage years, and from there I just got into the grimy stuff–there was a slump on the emcee side of things around 2011 so I was listening to a lot of instrumentals. Stuff by Spooky, Royal-T… and I just kept on getting into the underground scene from there. I went to college, studied music production for 2 years and now I’m on my first year of university in that as well.