Known for her bright pink hair that contrasts with her hard-hitting UK-inspired sound, producer, DJ, and vocalist Blossom has collected an army of fans.
Famously called the Pinkies, her supporters have followed the Phoenix native all across the country in 2023, a year that has seen massive growth for the impressive artist.
From her first-ever headlining tour to performing all across New Zealand with UKF to diving into her Drum & Blossom project, Blossom has been extremely busy.
We caught up with her just before her intimate performance at The Wall inside AREA15 in Las Vegas to hear how her life has changed during this landmark year:
EDM Maniac: So we last spoke to you a little over a year ago at Beyond Wonderland and my first-ever interview with EDM Maniac. How has life changed since then?
Blossom: Life has changed so much since then. I made the move three weeks ago to New York from Arizona and I’m now working out of my new studio in Brooklyn, which I just love.
I also think my music has changed a lot since we last talked. I’m really developing a moodier sound and have really leaned into more drum & bass in the past year or so.
EDM Maniac: How would you compare the New York scene versus the Arizona scene?
Blossom: I can’t say anything bad about the Arizona scene. It’s where I got my start and I’m so grateful, but I think for me, in terms of wanting to level up my production and just random opportunities, New York is a good spot at this point in my career.
Last week I got to go back to back with Night Punk, Wave Dash, and Saka on the same school bus that Skrillex, Four Tet, and Fred again.. played on.
It just happened because we were all at a show on Sunday and a friend of a friend runs the whole thing and he was like, “Do you guys want to play on it?” Those kinds of opportunities just don’t happen as much in Arizona.
Life is happening here. I feel like I go outside, take a walk, and get inspiration. It’s nice to have new inspiration.
EDM Maniac: You’ve also been embracing the UK sound with your first UK Garage track “Ride 4 U” and your Drum & Blossom sets.
Blossom: Ya! Up until March I had done them only online. Then I got the opportunity to tour with UKF in New Zealand, which was just such a surreal experience to get to tour with such a legendary label there with drum & bass.
From there I played my first US-based drum & bass show, and this past summer in Alabama I did a stage takeover. I have another one coming up in November at Home Bass with Pendulum which I can’t even believe is happening.
EDM Maniac: I’ve also been seeing you sing and create your own vocals more on your socials. How does singing your own vocals affect your production process?
Blossom: You know, I’ve always sang on my stuff starting with my first Night Bass EP, but those were more spoken word. And then in 2019 or 2020 I started to sing, but I wasn’t a confident singer until I’d say the past year or so when I’ve really tried to focus on my singing skills.
For me, when I write a song I need a vocal and I think I just got tired of using samples or not being able to write because I couldn’t find anything. And then I thought, “I really love to write and I love singing. So I’m not the best singer in the world, but I love to do it.”
It’s so fun to be able to execute my full vision from production to singing and just bring it all together.
EDM Maniac: You’ll be headlining AREA15’s, intimate space, The Wall, this month. Are you excited to play up close and personal with your fans?
Blossom: Yeah, it’s really special to be able to play a show in Vegas. This is my first time playing my own solo show there.
I personally really love a smaller crowd. I enjoy the packed out space where I can show off a little bit and it challenges me to perform more interesting mixes.
I think we’ve seen a pattern of DJs not wanting to be on stage anymore and wanting to do the 360 set and there’s a reason for that. You feel the energy so much better and sometimes when I’m so far on the stage I get so in the zone, I feel like I have tunnel vision.
I can’t even see what people like. I’m just executing the mix so it’s really nice for a change to get to be close to an audience and feel their energy. I think that really positively impacts the way I mix.
EDM Maniac: You’re currently on your Cosmic Dreams tour and you also completed your first-ever headlining tour earlier this year. What has it been like touring across the country as a headliner versus a supporting act?
Blossom: Before you called, I was just thinking, I can’t believe I get to do this all day. I have nowhere to be, I just have to work on music and then this weekend I get to go play shows.
I just can’t believe that this is my life sometimes. To be on my second headline tour in a year could bring me to tears.
It’s really special that no matter how many people show up to the show, all of those people showed up because they want to see what I’m doing. In my support gigs, I’m really going there to show people who I am and now they know who I am.
I just get to mess around a lot more than if I was supporting another act.
EDM Maniac: You recently had your biggest headline show yet at Exchange. What was it like playing for such a huge crowd just there for you?
Blossom: I was so anxious the week before that I would wake up with these nightmares that no one came! It’s such a big venue, I didn’t know how we were going to do but it was great. So many people showed up and even dressed in pink.
It was just really special to get to play there as I’ve been playing at Exchange for five to six years as the support or the closer but never on my own.
I had such a good team out there. My manager flew in from London and I got to meet him for the first time in person. He’s never seen a Blossom set [live] so he was excited to get to be part of the action.
My team really understands me and the project and my vision and I just know that even if I’m not communicating with them, they’re working on things that they know I’m going to be excited about.
EDM Maniac: You’ve been grinding for over seven and a half years and it seems like you’ve been skyrocketing in the last year. What would you say has contributed to your recent success?
Blossom: It takes a lot of sheer willpower to push through all of the peaks and troughs. Sometimes the way you succeed is just lasting through it longer than everyone else, which is not a great tip.
But during the pandemic, I feel lucky that I was able to build a Twitch community, and constantly evolving my sound also helped, whether it’s exploring D&B or UKG, it just keeps my audience interested.
Plus just having a team that really believes in me and is really excited about what I’m doing, that’s changed the game.
All images credit Blossom
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By: Danielle Levy
Title: Interview: After So Much Hard Work, 2023 Is The Year Of Blossom
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Published Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2023 21:41:41 +0000
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Producer Discusses What One Million Spotify Streams Earned Him This Year
Among many Spotify success stories and the debate on their royalties system going forward, German electronic musician Hainbach adds to the situation. Amidst the echoes of Taylor Swift’s staggering royalties, Hainbach steps forward, revealing the harsh truth of his one million Spotify streams in 2023. This revelation comes in a somber tone, as the composer discloses that his milestone translates to a mere £2,160 in royalties – $2,742.65 in today’s money. This is a sum that, while helpful, barely covers his utility bills. The chasm between Spotify’s glamorous facade and the financial struggles of experimental artists becomes starkly evident.
For Hainbach, the journey to the six-figure year comes primarily from just a few of his tracks. ‘The Guide‘, a 2020 release, hit over half of the sum with 560,000 plays, while ‘The Wooden‘, from his latest album Voice Magnetic, notched up 116,000 plays in only six months. Despite these accomplishments, the financial yield remains meager, echoing the struggle many artists face in the digital music landscape.
The Looming Silence
As Hainbach grapples with the modest returns from Spotify, a looming threat adds to the discord. Reports suggest that tracks accumulating less than 1,000 plays annually will face demonetization starting next year. This prospect raises concerns for lesser-known artists, hinting at a future where their creative output on Spotify may yield nothing in return. In this silence, the producer advocates for alternative avenues to sustain their craft.
“Bandcamp or coming to a live show is still the best way to support me and other artists.”
While the debate continues as to which is the best way to directly support artists for them to make a living out of what they love and are most passionate about, unless you’re already on top of the world and amassing an exorbitant cult of followers, audio streaming giant Spotify is certainly out of the question for the best lifeline for those who we value for their contribution to music.
[H/T] – Music Radar
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By: Matt Sierra
Title: Producer Discusses What One Million Spotify Streams Earned Him This Year
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 21:25:46 +0000
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[Event Review] Eric Prydz Delivers 3 Sold Out HOLO Performances at Brooklyn Navy Yard
Last weekend, Eric Prydz took over the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York City for his HOLO show concept. The demand to see the global dance innovator performing was massive. Fans pounced on this 3 day extravaganza as more than 60,000 tickets were sold over the 3 events. All 3 performance nights were organized by Teksupport, and this was the first time Eric Prydz has brought his HOLO show to New York since 2019. We went to the Saturday show but from what ravers who went on the other days, each show was unique.
The HOLO show delivered an extraordinary sensory experience with a massive LED screen, cutting-edge lighting, and intricate 3D holographic effects. From the onset of Prydz’s performance, he captivated the audience by seamlessly blending tracks from his extensive catalog into a cohesive and immersive audiovisual journey.
A highlight of the show was the mesmerizing holographic effects that transformed the stage into a breathtaking otherworldly environment. Synchronized perfectly with Prydz’s music, these visuals created a stunning experience that left the crowd in awe, with reaching hands, appearing robots, astronauts, and other life-sized figures. In addition to the visuals, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s upgrade sound system and lights only added to the top tier production. Beyond the visuals, Prydz’s expert track selection showcased his ability to blend genres, offering a unique sound. The set ranged from uplifting progressive house anthems to dark techno tracks, taking the audience on an emotional rollercoaster. Eric also dished out songs from his Pryda alias with hit tracks such as ‘Power Drive‘, ‘Elements‘, ‘One Day‘, and ‘Allein‘. He also sprinkled in some Cirez D with ‘Evacuate‘. The dancefloor maestro ended the performance with hit track ‘Opus’, met with thunderous cheers from across the venue.
With that breathtaking conclusion, Prydz concluded the roller coaster set. The immersive nature of HOLO truly showcases Prydz’s creative prowess. Few artists worldwide can match the impact of his performance style while continuing to innovate and evolve. If you get the chance to witness HOLO, don’t miss it. It’s a performance that must be experienced firsthand to be believed.
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By: Kevin Ng
Title: [Event Review] Eric Prydz Delivers 3 Sold Out HOLO Performances at Brooklyn Navy Yard
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Published Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2023 22:54:28 +0000
EDMTunes New Music Friday – Week 48
Listen to the most flavour-packed tracks we discovered this week.
Music makes the world go round. And in that regard, we’re constantly on the lookout for new, exciting tunes to share with our audience. We’ve found some that cause goosebumps, and make you open your eyes and get up from your chair to dance. So put on your best pair of headphones, or turn up your speakers, and enjoy this week’s New Music Friday.
Here are our top picks for the best music we came across this week, in no particular order.
Ar|Roots & Starmode – Lift Me Up
Genre: Tech House, House
Lift yourself up with a collaboration of a handful of skilled producers. Ar|Roots, a duo formed by brothers David and Albert with over two decades of combined experience, sees itself against Finnish artist collective Starmode, on their latest, ‘Lift Me Up‘.
Groovy, powerful and refreshing, ‘Lift Me Up’ merges everything you’d love about an old-school House track into a Tech House beat that once simply can’t get enough of. Chances are, you’re going to get some energy after listening to this one.
Synymata, MmmCherry & Leah Culver – Back In Time
Genre: Dubstep, Future Bass
Prepare for a one-way journey. Bass producer Synymata joins forces with MmmCherry and the voice of Leah Culver for a spectacular melodic voyager, ‘Back In Time‘.
Beautiful ambience takes you by the hand and slowly sinks you into the rabbit hole of this track, and before you even know it you’re right in front of the most drastic change, from a melodic masterpiece to a festival anthem. Make sure to breathe before the drop!
ALWZ SNNY & Robbie Rosen – King of Hearts
Genre: Hardstyle, Happy Hardcore
Behind a sunshine mask with three smiles, Annapolis producer ALWZ SNNY makes sure to spread positivity through his music every second. The fact he produced this single alongside American Idol finalist Robbie Rosen should tell you all you need to know about its quality.
‘King of Hearts‘ draws your beloved Euphoric Hardstyle progression that makes you lift your hands high up in the air, all while singing along to the melody — without you even noticing how you got to memorise it in just one go.
Nils Hoffmann & Kasbo feat. Vancouver Sleep Clinic – Running In A Dream
Genre: Deep House, Progressive House
One of Germany’s most outstanding producers of the past years, Nils Hoffmann, just announced his next album, Running In A Dream, to be released via Anjunadeep. Out today is the title track from said album, which counts with the presence of Swedish producer Kasbo, and the special vocal feature of Vancouver Sleep Clinic.
Melodic, dynamic, yet chill and pleasant, ‘Running In A Dream’ presents itself as a beautiful in-between genre-bender. Imagine Melodic Techno, Organic House, and Progressive, all coming together alongside soft piano lines and vocal bliss. That’s it.
CASSIMM – Son De Lo (Tim Cullen Remix)
Genre: Tech House, House
For a Tech House belter, check out Tim Cullen‘s latest piece of work. An absolute breakthrough in the Industry, Cullen has made headlines for his infectious groove and great skills. Just so you know, the man was hand-picked to be a resident DJ at Ministry of Sound, in London.
Today’s remix is one for CASSIMM‘s ‘Son De Lo‘, a track which, under Cullen’s creative reimagination, comes as a club-ready record, and which has earned the support of many big stars already. Press play and you’ll see why’s that.
Zombie Cats – Flava
Genre: Drum and Bass
Having been around for close to a decade by now, Zombie Cats, funnily enough, identify more as chameleons than cats: their passion for music knows no bounds regarding styles or genres. Anything from purebred Drum and Bass to Hip-Hop-tinted EDM, you shouldn’t expect anything from them, other than an excellent quality.
Their single ‘Flava‘ has just been lifted from their album Mutation & Reanimation, and through clever Drum and Bass atmospheres and tight percussion, it hopes to represent all the evolution of the Zombie Cats project over the years. And, on top of that, it’s unreasonably savoury.
Stay tuned for all the music we’ll be sharing under the NMF and TTT concepts each week. And be sure to follow EDMTunes for all the latest news and reviews that revolve around our beloved Electronic Dance Music!
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By: Felipe Latorre Cabello
Title: EDMTunes New Music Friday – Week 48
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Published Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2023 04:02:01 +0000
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