Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Seven questions with ... musician and visual artist Craig Blackmoore
Craig Blackmoore makes powerful, innovative and evocative electronic music under his pseudonym Blackmoore5050. I have only swam in the shallows of his music and intend on diving deep. I am, however, particularly fond of his drum 'n' bass-orintated album "Happy Accidents" ... it really works for me ... something different from my usual sounds.
Blackmoore recently answered my seven questions for creatives ... this is his response:
1)Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Craig Blackmoore and I am an experimental electronic music producer, photographer, and visual artist from Detroit, Michigan. If I had to pick which one I am most passionate about, it would definitely have to be music production. I've been producing music since 2007.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
Music wise, I am working on 2 projects that will be released by Kaleidoscopic Label under my artist name Blackmoore5050. Both are currently untitled. One project is an experimental psychedelic EP that tells a story and features some very interesting sound design and talented vocalists. The other project is an industrial electronic EP that features a more familiar electronic sound with a twist. It has heavy dubstep and glitch music that strays away from the commercial stuff.
In the visual art world I am working on a series called The Glitch Trials. It's an abstract series that focuses on the beauty of glitched images. The Glitch Trials is definitely something worth checking out and will be released very soon on my personal website cblackmoore.com.
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
One musician that really inspires me is Amon Tobin. His music is so raw and creative. The sounds that he makes and manipulates take me away to amazing places. The musician ESKMO also inspires me in the same way.
-Name place that has inspired you.
My home city, Detroit, really inspires me. The suburbs around Detroit too! It's such an old and historical city that has so many beautiful elements. There's an international border, so many fresh, new, and hip places to explore, there's always an event going on, so many ruins and abandoned areas to explore, amazing street art done by artists from all over the planet, tons of music, so much culture, and so many people with stories!
- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
Old technology inspires me. Old televisions, vinyl records, cassette tapes, movies, cameras, trains, just about anything. It all makes me think perfect imperfection. It's like that technology was created to make life easier for people and it was perfect in it's prime! But today we can identify so many flaws in it. Vinyl records are too big, old TV's are too heavy and blurry, old cars aren't fast or safe enough.
4) What drives you to do what you do?
I love to create things! It's my twist on life and reality. Art and music is a way for me to express myself and speak my mind freely. On a song I can say whatever I want and people will listen. I can express my emotions and feelings through sounds, frequencies, and melodies... and the listeners will feel it too. With visuals I can show the world what is beautiful, attractive, and ugly to me. They don't have to understand it, just experience it.
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
I would like to express that you are capable of doing just about whatever you want to do. You can be whoever you want to be. You can believe whatever you want to believe. Everyone lives in their own personal version of reality and you create your own reality.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
Community plays a big role in the creative world. I am always looking for other artists and musicians to work with, start projects with, perform with, anything. Music and art brings people together.
7) What is next for what you do?
I'm really not sure. I plan to keep creating and sharing and promoting. Hopefully it all pays off . I want to build a strong team for Kaleidoscopic Label and create something that really inspires and motivates people.
Thanks Craig. I wish you well in your endeavours.
I've embedded "Happy Accidents" for your listening pleasure ... if it's your thing then please support Blackmoore by buying his music: