Interview with Blanks


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We had the pleasure of interviewing Blanks over Zoom video!
Netherlands-hailed indie-pop artist and effervescent rising star, Blanks, has “Nothing Lasts Forever And That’s OK”, his shimmering debut album, alongside new single “Dance Like This”.
Having long felt a strong connection between music and his own memories, the concept behind his new album came innately to the “rising songwriting force” (CLASH). Across ten tracks, Blanks draws inspiration from the bittersweet nostalgia of his past, like finding first love and unforgettable summers spent with friends. The pop maverick intricately weaves vulnerable storytelling amidst an endless spectrum of moods and sonic influences. From the synth-driven riffs of the 80s, to the sounds of popular music from Blanks’ youth, “Nothing Lasts Forever And That’s OK”, will instantly carry you away to another time and place.
The first half of the album, comprised of the project’s five official singles, sees Blanks unfurling a classic tale of summertime love. From its feverish beginnings on high-energy bops like “What You Do To Me” and “Classic Armstrong”, to the moment it all comes crashing down on the sombre piano-driven ballad, “I’m Sorry”. To bring the story to life, Blanks also rolled out a five part visual series that channels a much loved nostalgia of teen movie cliches.
In the latter half, Blanks reminisces on the summer gone by with an underlying sense of melancholy. Though the memories will always remain, he realizes that all experiences are truly once in a lifetime. Latest single “Dance Like This” accurately illustrates this feeling, “the instrumental builds on the notion of time that seems to keep unconditionally going (clock sound), while the lyrics explain the concept of realizing from the bottom of your heart it’s about to be over” - Blanks.
It’s a feeling that Blanks knows all too well after losing his best friend at a young age. With a fervent approach to making music, Blanks hopes to encourage his listeners to cherish every experience and make the most of their time on earth.
Having spent the last few years releasing a steady stream of songs, as well as being a hugely popular music production content creator, Blanks knew it was time for his next challenge. Writing for “Nothing Lasts Forever And That’s OK”, began during the height of the pandemic, with many production sessions taking place over Zoom, often from remote and inspiring locations, like the Maldives or a cabin in the depths of the woods. As Executive Producer and a seasoned multi-instrumentalist, Blanks wrote, composed and produced much of the album himself, whilst enlisting the assist of others on “Turn Around”, “Never Have I Ever”, and “I’m Sorry”. With creative energy abound, Blanks was able to explore new ideas and showcase the breadth of his immense music talents. Looking back on the process, he shares “I guess it was a combination of Scandinavian music magic, Maldives good vibes and excitement.
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