Meet Blake, a music lover from the US.
“Hey I’m Blake Pleasant, I’m born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been a huge music enthusiast, mostly inspired by hip-hop and house music. Since I’m a freelance designer and photographer, I work from home which lets me listen to all types of music to get me through my day."
26, Chicago, Illinois USA
What is the soundtrack to your life?
That’s a hard question to answer… I love all genres of music, so it’s hard to pick. But I would have to say the soundtrack to my life would be all the songs I’ve favorited/saved on my Spotify. I’ve had Spotify since the very beginning, and one of my favorite playlists I’ve made on Spotify is called “BBC Radio 1 Dance Anthems.” Being from the United States, I don’t get BBC Radio 1 locally, so ever since 2013 I’ve been curating my favorite tracks they play on the Dance Anthems radio program; Eventually, the playlist caught on with people and I love to share my favorite dance tracks for people to enjoy.
I originally curated the Dance Anthems playlist so I could save my favorite songs to it and play them later, but I’m so happy that other people like the playlist as much as I do! It’s like giving back to people through music, one of the best art mediums in the world. Music truly is universal. It inspires all/most of us daily and has the ability to connect people from all walks of life… something that house music in Chicago prided itself on from the start. I love house/dance music culture so much.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
Hmm… it would probably be a song on the radio that got overplayed so much it ruined an already mediocre song. Maybe Jason Derulo or Taylor Swift, I can’t stand that music, but no offense to anyone who enjoys it :) We all like different types of music and that’s fine. I just wish radio stations wouldn’t overplay songs too much, it’s really annoying.
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Music. Don’t get me wrong, I love some good lyrics, but usually I won’t even look at the lyrics unless I like the music/track first. Some music has a lot of soul and emotion, and usually behind it are great lyrics and songwriting.
I don’t really have one favorite artist… but if I had to narrow it down, I’d say Nicolas Jaar. His boiler room mix on YouTube is so good! I love how he mixes, the tracks he picks for mixes, his use of different instruments and non-conventional, creative use of ambient sounds (like when he uses short bursts of radio static or commercials to add on top of the tracks). Nicolas Jaar has so much natural talent and creativity, it’s inspiring to me and never gets old for some reason.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive)
I would LOVE to interview Biggie Smalls (Notorious B.I.G.).
No Mana and i_o, an up and coming DJ. I saw him play at Soundbar here in Chicago.