Listen to our exclusive interview above with indie-pop artist Blanks who spoke to Tara about his unique concept for writing his new album, how he progressed from creating covers to crafting his own unique sound plus much more.
Netherlands-hailed indie-pop artist and YouTube star Blanks, who CLASH recently called ‘a rising songwriting force’ recently released his debut album “Nothing Last Forever and That’s OK”. As executive producer, Blanks wrote, composed, and produced the majority of the album himself, showcasing his incredible talents as a multi-instrumentalist in the process. The collection of songs takes the listener on a journey through Blanks’ own memories, pulling inspiration from the good and the bad, including his first love, spending summers with friends, and tragically losing his best friend at a young age. Inspired by the sounds of popular music at the time and flipped with a modern approach, Blanks has created a contemporary indie-pop album that invites the listener to make their own treasured memories with this album as the soundtrack.
Accompanying the album are five thematic music videos. When watched in succession, they tell the coming of age love story of Emma and Erik (played by Blanks). The fourth video in the series, “Never Have I Ever”, finds the couple having a blast at a beach party with friends. The good times roll as the group sings songs and dance around the fire. Our love birds appear to be falling more in love by the minute, that is until Emma, furious at something Erik has done, storms out of the party. Fans will have to wait until the fifth installment to find out how the beautifully chronicled story ends.
Outside of his original work, you might be familiar with Blanks via his ultra-popular YouTube channel “Music By Blanks”, where he posts his famed “STYLE SWAP” series, reproducing trending songs Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” and Post Malone’s “Better Now” with an unexpected genre twist. The latter of which went viral with over 9.5 million views and over 19 million streams. Since launching his YouTube channel in 2013, Blanks has risen rapidly in both the social media and music spheres, building a follower base of over 1.3M on YouTube and accumulating millions of views on his TikTok. In addition to his album, Blanks is touring through the year so be sure to catch him live!
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