Blackshots is the beginning, middle and end. The answer to every question. The personification of humanity’s moral decay. We are a three-piece band consisting of Jimmy-Ray, Angelika and Joaquin.
What is your musical background and when did you start with music?
We’ve all been living alongside music our entire lives – Jimmy-Ray used to play in an indie rock band, Angelika started out as a violinist and continued on with punk and Joaquin has been producing music since he was 15 and played the piano before he could walk. We first encountered each other a few years ago and used to DJ and host clubs together around Stockholm. The idea for Blackshots grew during some spontaneous studio sessions. At the beginning of 2014 we all just felt sick of club music (all kinds of EDM) and all of a sudden we knew that we wanted to make music that’s more timeless than your standard “build-up and drop” house song. We’re probably going to flirt with EDM somehow however, seeing as that’s where we started.
Who/what inspires you?
A lot of things inspire us. Melancholy and rage stirred up with some fat synthesisers. Injustice in society, cruelty towards animals, Capitalism. We write about all these things, “Cage” is about an abusive relationship and the frustration and helplessness you feel as the underdog. We want to welcome the outcasts – fuck beauty, fuck society and we want people to hear that in our songs. We also want to be a voice for the LGBT Community and other minorities. As soon as you start to talk about typical LGBT music all you think of is ESC, champagne and glamour. Being gay does not mean that every day is like the pride parade. We also believe that the electronic music scene is far too male dominated and all the music sounds exactly the same. We want to do electronic rock music, if that make sense?
What has the response to your music been like?
It’s been above and beyond our expectations. We really don’t care too much what people think, as long as we make something that we can stand for and that we love. People really seem to like “Cage” and want to hear more. It’s hard to define a band from just one song and we are still trying to figure out what our sound is. Some people say that we sound like a mix of The Knife and Marilyn Manson. We wrote maybe 10 songs this summer and nothing sounds the same, but we assure you everything is still moody and dark.
What are your expectations for the upcoming year?
We hope to play as many live shows as possible to spread the message. You don’t really know about the band dynamic when you create your music in a studio, with the help of computers instead of the traditional jam sessions. Even though we don’t believe in traditional gender roles, having a girl in the band makes the tension on stage much more vibrant. We’ve only got one rule when we make songs and that’s never to include more instruments then we can handle live. We don’t want to play along to any backing tracks.
What does the rest of the year have to offer? What’s happening next (2015)?
We’re going to finish up two or three songs and release our first EP before the year is over, with or without a label. Most tracks just need their final touch to be able to fully infiltrate minds of listeners. We’re also going to shoot a music video with the Director and stylist Tommie X who has done all of Rebecca & Fionas videos. We love him and he has some great ideas that fit our music perfectly.
Listen to their debut single CAGE on Spotify right now!