Today we’d like to introduce you to Blesd.
Ayo, Lily, Jeremy, Joe, and Brock, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Blesd came together through a series of synchronistic events while working as musicians in Los Angeles. One day during a break from a gig, a few of us started jamming on what would become our first original song. We realized there was some magic there and we continued writing, producing, and playing our own original music. It all blossomed from there.
Has it been a smooth road?
One challenge we’ve had has been coming to unified agreements in a democratic process amongst five different personalities. We’ve learned that we really have to be aware of everyone’s feelings in any given situation and practice clear communication so we can be in honest alignment and continue forward in an authentic way. Our biggest challenge is probably having all our schedules align because everyone is such an in-demand musician. Often there is at least one of us out on a tour or a gig, so when we do get together we really value that time and make the most of it.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
We like to describe ourselves as an R&B-inspired, spirit-driven band. We met during a time when all of us were looking for a community to be a part of… once we started making music together we realized that we actually wanted to create and be part of a community that we hadn’t yet seen and felt like we could do that with this band.
Our mission through our music is to help people transcend the differences that the world views as points of separation: religion, race, sexual preference, and gender. We want to create a space where people feel they can connect as humans over a shared desire for hope, love, and community.
Someone once told us that he leaves our shows feeling better than when he first came there, and that was huge for us! That’s our goal. We are all very spiritual people with different religious upbringings and backgrounds, yet we feel deeply connected to each other. So we want people to come to our shows and feel safe to be themselves and feel whatever they need and want to that particular night. Maybe they’ll make some kind of new connection to someone or just to themselves. If our music affects one person in the audience, it’s worth it.
We’ve all been working in music for a long time, and have had the opportunity to work with great artists from Don Henley (of the Eagles), James Taylor and Bobby McFerrin to Miley Cyrus, Dua Lipa, and Lizzo. Between all of us, we have music placements in commercials, on major TV networks, and in films. But what remains paramount right now is making this music together as Blesd and getting it out in the world.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There will be an evolution of the playing field between the big machine companies and indie artist becoming even more level. With technology continuing to advance and social media becoming more prevalent every year, it’s giving the indie artist more and more power, leverage and control over their career.
When things are as messed up in the world as they are now, there starts to be a shift toward people seeking music and art that is uplifting and hopeful. That’s what we are all about right now. Kanye has noticed that need too and started his Sunday services, which was hugely successful at Coachella. We believe that trend will continue over the next decade.
- Gratitude Tee Shirt – $20
- Gratitude Tote Bag – $20
- Blesd Handmade Scented Candle – $20
- Website: www.blesdband.com
- Email: contact@blesdband,com
- Instagram: @blesdband
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/blesdband
- Twitter: @blesdband
Eric-Andre Mckandes, Nelli San-Francisco