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Meet David Blazer of David Blazer in Burbank

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Blazer.

David, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in a very creative family environment. My father was a jazz and r&b disc jockey in the early 70’s and my grandmother was a classically trained pianist. As a kid I remember being immersed in my own imagination. My parents gave me the freedom to explore all kinds of creative outlets in order to keep me from tearing the house apart. They also installed in me an immediacy when it came to expressing myself. Music was always an important part of my life, but I didn’t fully explore it until I was about twelve when my older brother got a drum set and a synthesizer. From that point on I became obsessed and there was really no way to keep me from making noise. Having only a basic understanding of music theory and how to play, our jam sessions sounded like a tween garage band on steroids, to my parents dismay. At this point we weren’t recording anything because we weren’t any good and jamming only served as a form of release for us. While my brother and school friends started to branch out into other realms of work, I hunkered down in my room teaching myself how to put my ideas into a recording. I realized that what I really loved about music was the process of putting things together, like building blocks. I found that after a few years of experimentation, I was able to convey emotions with music and I knew what I wanted to create.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have definitely been challenges and there continue to be as I move forward. One of the biggest struggles for was making a transition from “beat maker” to songwriter. I was always in love with both of these forms of expression and I continue to pursue both, but it was difficult explaining to people that I write my own music and that I am the voice on my songs. While this never prevented me from working in either fields, it definitely made it difficult to find an audience that could resonate with my eclectic view on music creation.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a songwriter and music producer with the ability to bridge modern sensibilities with traditional forms of jazz, r&b, hip hop, and pop music. I strive to take something strangely familiar and make it brand new. I never want to write the same thing twice. For me to stay interested in the work I’m doing, I need to be taking long strides in unknown territories. I am proud to say that even with the variety of productions I work on, they always sound like mine. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty and most of the process is done on my own terms in my own space, which is why the music sounds like me in sonic form.

What were you like growing up?
As a kid I loved to play games with adults. I was always hiding from my parents in department stores, climbing trees for hours on end, and loved to mess around in my Dad’s studio. I was thought to have learning disabilities when I was younger, only to realize that it was just a personality trait (not to mention this was a time where ADD was widely diagnosed). I was always creating stories in my head, many of which would manifest into action figures losing limbs, house plants becoming forest landscapes, and a lot more imaginative behavior. Music to me was always beautiful and intriguing, but as kid I was mainly into mad science, adventure stories, and fantasy.

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