BLVCK CEILING fuckin’ D-E-S-T-R-O-Y-S!! The reason I know he destroys and I am not totally delusional is every time I am djing and I play one of his songs, everyone gets up and dances. EVERYONE! Except maybe those two doods in the corner who are “too cool” to dance (which is just a roundabout way of saying “too insecure to dance”). Seriously don’t frikin go to a club unless you’re gonna dance, it’s called “dance music”, not “stand around and creep everyone out music”. OK sorry I am digressing a little, I’ll stop now.
BLVCK CEILING has been getting a lot of hype lately with a slew of remixes and a seemingly endless supply of great new songs and releases. I asked BLVCK CEILING a few questions and here is what he said:
Sins: Who is the man behind BLVCK CEILING?
BLVCK CEILING: Blvck Ceiling is Dan Ocean. I am 32 years old. I live in Spokane WA. I have a beautiful girlfriend and two crazy house cats. I am obsessed with collecting t-shirts and movies on VHS. The name BLVCK CEILING was actually the title of a song I was working on that I ended up scrapping but liked the name so I began calling myself BLVCK CEILING. BC has only been in existence for a little over two years. That Grimes remix just hit 20k on its third day. Wtf, haha.
Sins: What is your musical and artistic background?
BC: I have been making electronic music in some vein for about 16 years. My older brother gave me an Alesis sr-16 drum machine and a Tascam 4-track recorder when I was about 15. I sat in my room and made drum beats all day. The rest is history, hah. I think that’s why my music has been and always will be heavily focused on drums. It’s my foundation, so to speak.
Sins: What is your Creative process?
Sins: Your music is heavily inspired by the occult, what is your relationship to the occult?
BC: When you don’t get the answers you are seeking, eventually you will look in other places. I found my home with the dark arts. I mean, most of my music comes from a happy place. I get pumped when I am working on something. I love taking played out, hard to deny you once loved, pop radio bullshit and making it my own. I would be doing this even if nobody was listening. I was doing just that. I def embrace the idea of it. I’m not hurting animals in my basement or anything but I will wear a pentagram to church.
Sins: What gear are you using in the studio lately?
BC: I have always been a fan of Reason and Recycle. Coming from an analog musical background, it was really easy for me to understand the software right away. I just got a new laptop so I guess I’m a PC. I’m running Reason 5 on that. I used to sample and chop shit a lot more when I was producing beats for mc’s but not so much anymore. If I want to sample a movie clip or something, I just record it with my phone, haha. I can make music on whatever. I don’t give a fuck about bells and whistles.
Sins: What’s the scene like in Seattle?
BC: I live about 5 hours from Seattle but I go over there a few times a year, usually to see a show. Playing Second Sight last October was euphoric and definitely a goal of mine. Those guys brought so many awesome acts to Seattle. Cold Cave and Trust were two of the best shows I have ever been too and they were both Second Sight shows. S/O RXCH WXTCH & ACTUAL PAIN!!! There is awesome music coming out of Seattle. I guess like any big city, the scene is bigger which means better also. I am really digging Crypts right now. They are from seatown.
Sins: What projects/releases are you currently working on?
BC: Currently working on next BC album (no title yet). ThatWasThenThisIsNow, my side project with Moon Mirror, is about to be released on c-34 chrome cassette tapes through IHadAnAccident Records. I am collabing with this dude SINS at the moment as well as doing some tracks with DELOREAN BLVCK. I am always working on music.
Sins: There is a graffiti artist in my hood tagging BLVCK, do you want me to hunt him down for you?
BC: That’s dope. Tell him to throw up a BC!!
Sins: Haha, for sure if I ever encounter that graffiti kid in a dark alley late one night, I will totally make him do a BC for you.
IF you have never heard anything by BLVCK CEILING here is a good introduction and one of my favorites by him.- SINS