SXSW Interview: Blaqstarr
by Marcus K. Dowling
One of the more fascinating parts of the True Genius on the Couch SXSW experience occurred when I had the opportunity to sit with DJ Blaqstarr, or rather, the evolved Blaqstarr, who unleashed upon SXSW new solo R & B material, with a voice that emotes mood and depth. He is taking his foray into his newest dimension most seriously it seems, and has designs on providing the voice, as well as the tracks, to define the Charm City. On tracks like the Switch and Diplo produced Get Off, his most popular solo vocal piece to date, the man that Diplo refers to as “Issac Hayes” has started along this new sonic path, and seems to have the drive to make this a winning, mainstreamed proposition.
Blaqstarr returns to his native Baltimore on Easter Sunday, April 12th for an enormous party at Sonar, where he, along with DJ Akademics and a “Celebrity Guest Host” obviously plan on going in, and murking the city as it stands. (click this link for the most entertaining old school radio promo ever)
The interview itself runs about 13 minutes, and touches so many topics of note and interest, including some wild stories from Sweden, and advice for aspiring artists as well.
This is only the beginning of the interview project portion of the True Genius on the Couch partnership, which we plan to expand to fantastic dimensions.