For this month’s interview we’re featuring the homie Blvcknd, an underground artist coming out of Montreal. He’s a member of Triple Nine Section as well as the Grime Mtl collective. He’s been working hard in the studio on his debut project which is set to drop this summer. We’re anxiously anticipating Blvcknd dropping some new shit for us. His sound is gritty, lyrical and his style is extremely versatile. We honestly don’t know what to expect but are very excited regardless. Check out the write-up to get to know the story behind his stage name, some artists he’s listening to right now, and more.
What’s the story behind the name?
In 2011 Odd Future had this sub-group called Mellowhype which was started by Hodgy Beats and Left Brain and they dropped an album called Blackenedwhite. I liked how it sounded so i ditched the white, the two e’s in blackened and flipped the A to a V.
Where did you draw inspiration for your album?
I really love when artists make a character or a theme for the main focus on an album. I took a lot of inspiration from certain artists who do that like for example: Schoolboy Q on Blank Face. I also of course draw inspiration from my homies that do music too.
If we were to buy you a drink, what should we order?
I feel like my go to drink changes every year but for right now i’d have y’all order me straight Baileys with a lot of ice in the glass. People say i’m weird for it but that shit is fire.
What would you say is the biggest misconception people have about you?
I feel like people think that i’m very opened and social but in reality i’m hella shy and closed off if i don’t really know the person i’m talking to. it’s been that way since i was younger and i’m still trying to work on that.
If you had a choice of any producer for a album or mixtape who would you choose?
Literally everyone in Triple Nine can produce but me, so all the homies of course. My dream collabs with bigger producers though would be Working on Dying, Pierre Bourne and The Alchemist.
What are 3 things you look for when you see live shows?
Stage presence, audio quality and the first and last song of the persons set.
What are some of the artists you’re listening to?
There’s way too many to name but as of right now Lucki, Playboi Carti, Coi Leray, Fijimacintosh and Thugger
Creating a project has many parts, besides rapping what was your favourite?
YAMA//SATO basically produced like 80% of my new album so while i was in the process of making this project there would be times that he’d send me a beat he just made at like 1am and hearing that beat and what i could do on it was definitely a favourite part of mine.
What is the triple nine section?
Crypt and Jei Bandit came up with the name triple nine section one day and we decided to just start a little group because we all messed with each others music heavy. In Trip 9 it’s me, Crypt, Jei Bandit, Amideluxe, Yama//sato, Jämvvis and Oscar. Them boys my day 1’s till death