Blinkie is a name who you will likely recognise from the success of his mega hit ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love). But there is more to the artist than just this one single. He has recently released his second single ‘Halfway’ which has been received to a very warm reception. Bringing this alongside a huge package of remixes, and we get lead to his label Edendale Road. This is a platform to keep an eye out for over the next few months and years. New Blinkie music will arrive, plus much more. It’s an exciting world for the artist. so we needed to get the inside knowledge of what exactly is going on.
So looking back on your success with the huge hit ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love)’, how has it been for you to see the success of this track and the way in which it was received?
It has been amazing to watch because I had no idea that it would be as big as it is now and that it would get the type of support it got. I made ‘Don’t Give Up (On Love)’ in 2012 with one of the writers in my team & we dropped the track in 2013 on Soundcloud. The aim was just to have something out, so people could hear what we had been working on because I had started writing & producing A LOT of music with my team that was initially just stuck on my hard drives. Also when we dropped the track I was kind of going through a time where I was getting ready to take a break from making music or even just give it a rest because I felt like nothing was happening – and there was a lot going on in my life at the time.
Everything changed when ‘Don’t Give Up’ got signed. From there it just started blowing up. It was like a dream come true for me because from a young age I always wanted to make music that was as good as the stuff I grew listening to on radio. Seeing the track blow up like it did was massive. To me, it was a sign that I need to carry on making music.
Did this influence the way in which you looked towards the future and set about producing your new track ‘Halfway’?
It definitely changed how I looked towards the future because I was now in a position to put out more music that actually had a chance to get heard. Production-wise, it did a little bit. It made me think that whichever track followed had to have a feeling or invoke some kind of emotion, with a great vocal, great writing and a message – all of this comes naturally when I’m making music.
I also wanted to ask how if felt for you to see so many people, including some high profile DJs, support and perform your track? Not to mention the people who continue to stream and support?
Crazy! It felt great to see so many different types of people appreciate and support my music especially because the main aim was to just see how people would react. It felt amazing and I’m truly grateful for all of the people that supported and continue to support my music.
As already mentioned, you have just released your brand new single ‘Halfway’ on Edendale Road, your record label. Tell us a little about the track and how it came about?
I made ‘Halfway’ some time last year with my writing team. This song is a bit of a personal one. It’s written about a situation that I was going through with my family at the time. The song came about after having a normal catch up with everyone in the session before working. When I started talking about what I had been up to, everyone was touched by the story and could really relate. So that became the concept for the lyrics, which really matched the soul/country chords that I had laid down with my guitarist.
Do you have a specific method or pattern which you carry out within the studio when producing your tracks, or does it just come naturally to you?
It depends. Sometimes I have an idea of what I want to make but, most of the time, the studio sessions always start with a conversation. Then we’ll move to the piano and just start vibe-ing, and usually the track starts to build from there.
The release has arrived on your label Edendale Road. Following the success of ‘Don’t Give Up’ and the likely success of ‘Halfway’, what have you got planned for the label in the future?
There are a bunch of things that we are planning on doing but the main thing for now is to grow the brand and release more music, which there is lot of at the moment.
Do you hope to support other upcoming artists or will it be a label dedicated to your music only, or is this something you haven’t really thought about?
We will definitely be supporting other upcoming artists in the near future. We have something new coming very soon from G.U.R.U. (a DJ & producer collective that’s also under the label.)
There is a lot going on with the camp and slowly but surely we are working through everything one by one.
In terms of new music and the world of Blinkie, what can fans of yours expect to see over the upcoming months, as we head into the latter part of the Summer?
More music, gig dates and maybe some mixes and remixes.
And on an overall note, is there a specific achievement or something you hope to achieve over the next few years? What’s the aim of Blinkie?
The aim for the next 2-5 years is to grow the Blinkie brand, become more established for writing/producing great music. Also to get bigger and better as a DJ and hopefully have the opportunity to play at some of the best clubs & festivals around world. Overall, I just want to be recognised and respected for what I do.
You can download ‘Halfway’ here and grab the remixes here. For more information on Blinkie: