Jay Blahnik’s Boom Box

Q. What’s your stage and real name?
A. Stage Name: Jay Blahnik Real Name: Damon L. Humes

Q. How long have you been making music?
A. Since age 11

Q. Would you call yourself a producer or a dj?
A. I would label myself as a Recording Artist, Songwriter and Producer.

Q. What is your inspiration for your music?
A. Musicals and action films inspire me. Therefore, my music and live performances are epic Broadway-styled extravaganzas that are complete with storylines, plot sand climaxes.

Q. Where have you played, foreign and domestic?
A. I have performed in every major United States City as a Dancer and Recording Artist.

Q. What was the first event you ever played at/put on?
A. The first event that I ever played at as a recording artist was in 2010 at the House of Blahnik’s R-10 Ball Event. But I’ve been on stage performing in talent shows and other arts-based competitions since age 11. I directed my first major stage show in 2000; as the Artistic Director of Bodies in Motion Dance Company.

Q. What’s the best event you’ve played at/put on?
A. It’s extremely hard to select the best show that I ever directed because each of them was special and connected to memories that I cherish deeply. Some brought disappointment; which forced me to improve my skill or opened me up to exploring other creative elements. All of these lessons learned have collectively shaped my current music and performance style.
I must admit that I enjoy all facets of the performance process because throughout my career I’ve been fortunate to work with choreographers/dancers, producers, make-up artist, fashion designers that are extensions of my family. Each time we get together to plan, create or perform has SO much meaning, because they matter in my life. I also have been blessed to consistently receive lots of supports from my fans and followers; which allows me to connect spiritually and metaphysically with viewers. It’s a magical experience like no other; it is the TRUE Jay Blahnik experience!

Q. What big names have you played with or for?
A. It depends on “who” you consider to be a BIG name… I’ve worked with and helped to guide America’s Best Dance Crew stars, VOGUE EVOLUTION, Upstate All Stars, Bodies In Motion Performing Arts School and Dance Company, Karl Jackson (celebrity stylist), BET’s 106 & Park Winners: Devastation Dance Crew, R & B Princess Ashanti, Brice Vick and Fergie.

Q. Are you aspiring for a record deal or would you like to remain indie? and Why?
A. I currently have a recording and publishing contract with Tate Music Group; which allows me the freedom and flexibility to still work on the projects that I enjoy.

Q. How many songs have you under your belt?
A. I have three albums under my belt; with a slew of singles. I sometimes search YouTube and Google to find new remixes and songs that people have put out with my vocals on them. It’s an amazing feeling when I stumble on new music or a story in the press.

Q. When are you releasing an album? or when did you?
A. PAST RELEASES:
Boom Box Single (Whey Cooler & Jay Blahnik, 2013)
Rock Da Bellz Single (Whey Cooler & Jay Blahnik, 2012)
I Don’t Like You Album (Whey Cooler & Jay Blahnik, 2010)
Notorious/Watch OUT Album (Vjuan Allure & Jay Blahnik, 2006)

Q. Are there alot of hot artist where you are from?
A. I am only aware of a few. The artist that I hear most from my area are rarely excited about innovation. They just stick to the current music formats that dominate mainstream radio.

Q. What is the music scene like in your area?
A. It’s urban mainstream R & B and Pop.

Q. Which do you consider your music style: pop, techno, house, drum and basement…?
A. I consider my music dance music and pop. The House and Ball community have heavily influenced my musical style; who are responsible for the popular dance style known as Vogue. The Iconic Janet Jackson, who in my estimation is the ‘Blue Print’ for great live entertainment and performance, has heavily influenced me. She along with famed choreographers Mia Michaels and Barry Lather are among my favorites.

Q. What would or will you guys do to give back to the community?
A. For the past 17 years, I have led organizations and campaigns all across the United States that promote positive health seeking behaviors such as routine screenings for sexually transmitted infections. I have also worked with organizations that provide social and human service programs/interventions to at-risk youth; thus reducing adjudication, providing mentorship and that use the performing arts to reduce childhood obesity and keep kids off the streets, In 2006, I created the only scholarship to support continued educational attainment among LGBT people within the House and Ball community.

Q. What advice would you give young aspiring bands?
A. Be careful of who is in your inner circle. To be successful, you need the ongoing support of people who truly believe in your talents and gifts. People that will work towards your dream as if it is theirs too! When you find them, always take time to appreciate them for their contributions!

Q. Is there anything you would like to add?
A. I just wanted to personally thank you for this interview and opportunity to share my music with more people. I ask that everyone visits my website (www.JBlahnik.com) and download as many of my songs for FREE! Then press the “like” button, become a fan, and ask all of their friends and family to do the same. Lastly, download my new mobile phone application to stay up-to-date with my new music and video releases; as well as the most relevant news and information about live performances, appearances, contest and other free gifts from me.

Most importantly, thanks for taking my first single entitled, Boom Box, all the way to #1 on ReverbNation’s United States House Charts and #2 in the entire world. Follow me on the following social media sites:
Twitter: @BoomBox_Project
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiJq5WH4fJ8VJ1AXsqS-0zA
Check out the Boom Box Music Video at: ttp://youtu.be/RLlDYi7URdw

Q. Do you have any shout outs to give?
A. BIG shout outs to my partner in crime, SUPER Producer and friend, Whey Cooler of the Legendary Group, Pretty Poison. I cannot forget Mirelli Glambert who is always there promoting me and special acknowledgements to all of my supporters. My new LP entitled, Boom Box, is dedicated to the International Icon, Janet Jackson for the inspiration to create from an authentic place. Lastly, I could not have made it this far without the team at Jay Blahnik Entertainment and my mother. They have no idea how much they mean to me! Be sure to get the Boom Box LP on November 15, 2013.

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW I’M HERE!

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW I’M HERE!
Drake, an artist that hit the rap scene a few years ago, created and developed a song entitled, “Started from the Bottom Now I’m Here!”. The song which quickly turned into an anthem had every young person singing, every car radio playing and most adults professing that although they started from the bottom, now they are here. Ultimately it begs us to look closer and examine further, where is here? Where is here that Drake raps about? Where is here that our young people make reference to? Where is here that most adults mention while singing this song? Because most people that I’ve witnessed chanting the song lacks vision, lacks drive and lacks purpose. Most people I’ve heard belt out the lyrics to this song have incomplete tasks on their resume where they often start tasks but never finishes them. And most people I’ve heard sing this song likes to take short cuts in life and gives up easily because someone has told them no. So I’ll have to ask you again, WHERE IS HERE?
Where here when young ladies pray, dream and crave for their next opportunity or their next big break but they are dressed in super provocative clothing, Nicki Minaj hair and their profile pictures on social media sites are degrading? Where is here when our young men’s successful future is around the corner but they can’t get there fast enough because it’s difficult to run in saggy pants. When most young men want to be rich, want to be famous, want to be business men but they are too busy trying to stay with the trends when real bosses are leaders and not followers; when real bosses are trend setters themselves.

As I looked deeper into the word here, it made me recall something I was taught in grade school called context clues. Context clues are those words in a sentence, surrounding a word that will help you to identify what a word means or is referring to. So after close examination I determined that when Drake referenced here, he was referring to SUCCESS. So since we know what success means to Drake, I must ask what doe success mean to you?
Unfortunately we are living in a society, culture and generation where success to most people is money, cars and clothes. Where success to most people is fame, notoriety and popularity. But what Drake didn’t reveal to you in his song, is that although those things may make you feel successful none of those things guarantees you success. What Drake didn’t tell you is that the most successful people in the industry are those that own the record label and not the ones working for the label. Drake also neglected to tell you in his song that the most successful people in the industry are the educated ones because after the money, cars and clothes are gone; knowledge is the one thing that no one can take away from you. Therefore in order to determine what here means we must identify what success looks like to us.
Success is not allowing the hurts of the past or where you’ve come from define where you are going; because what hurts you today can and will only make you stronger for tomorrow.
Success is not holding onto people, friendships or relationships that are preventing you from growing. If you want to be successful you have to know that can’t take everyone with you.
Success is not being afraid to fail. The greatest victory stories come with some prolific defeats.
And lastly, success is never undermining that there is life and death in the power of the tongue. On your journey to being successful you must always understand how vital your words are. As we all know words become thoughts. And if 90% of a person’s success is psychology, what you say and allow yourself to think it of the utmost importance. Therefore, applying this thought to our lives, begs us to dismiss Drake’s song. It forces us to speak over our lives that we never started from the bottom and we are on our way to HERE! –Ms. Under New Management,
Life Coach & Motivational Speaker
Copyright © 2013. All rights reserved.

Written By: Diana Watley

[Exposure] As the Hip Hop World Spinz Outta Control

Q. So, how did it all begin for you/what was your first show?
A. I did my first show at our church when I was 13, I grew up in a Baptist church so we were always celebrating music.

Q. What’s the music scene like in Cali and Austria?
A. Our scene in Cali is popping off in a major way without those major labels included. I think now more than ever is a great time to be a part of the West Coast Californa music scene because of the creativity going into everyone’s work these days.

The production is at an all time high in every studio, there is a lot you can do with not much of a budget and cats have been sharpening up there swords on the west and are cutting the industry deep these days.

As far as Austria, I am out here finishing up my album with our producer Erik Bogdanovics who is from Vienna, Austria and working with us in California on projects for CA$HIS, Rikanatti and Bogish Brand Entertainment, UndaCatz, the Spinz / 1992 (EP) and my new album Spinz “1992” dropping in January and many more projects in the future.

He also just finished mastering the Ca$his “Art Of Dying” dropping on October 30 with production by Eminem, Rikanatti and featuring Rick Ross, Game, Slim the Mobster and more. We have included an Austrian DJ as well into our shows in Europe DJ Smoke Dogg who is from Graz, Austria from Tornado Lifestyle Records as well as our friends like MTS an all girl group from Austria, ZmeeD aka Instinct who is being promoted by Vibra Music Group, Soulcat who is an amazing female producer-rapper who I share bars with in my group UndaCatz which is Spinz & Soulcat, that album will drop soon as well with Erik on the boards. Kayo, Canice, they are all great Austrian artists that we have performed with on festivals while touring in Austria.

Q. Is Hip hop big in Austria?
A. Hip hop is bread no matter where you bake it. There are a lot of talented hip hop artists that appear in the media and there are great stations like FM4 and record shops like Rave Up Records, Friendlyhouse and others that keep hip hop moving in the right direction.

Also crews like Four Elements from Graz, Austria are making a difference by educating the youth on hip hop culture with free workshops hosted by Austrian and International artists such as myself.

Q. What is your favorite group and solo artist?
A. My favorite group is House Of Pain of course and my favorite solo artist is Sean P

Q. What was your first song that you dropped?
A. My first song that I dropped was straight to the streets recorded in a garage to a Eric B. beat when I was 12.

Q. What were you before a full fledged artist?
A. That was my past life and we are not doing that interview

Q. Who inspired you and pushed you to become an artist?
A. Artists from the 805 like MED, Nevamind, Dudley Perkins, Madlib, Ohno, Roc C all the guys that I grew up around in Oxnard.

Q. How many songs do you have completed?
A. Over 1,000 in genres like rock, pop and of course over 500 in hip hop.

Q. How many shows have you performed?
A. Over 1,000 shows in over 35 countries.

Q. What is your song writing process? How do you get inspired?
A. I’m inspired by everything around me, I also read a lot of books and meditate a lot so I can find inspiration in my thoughts in general. I can write anywhere at any time. I am a writer for many other people as well, so I write 5 ideas a day minimum just to pay my rent.

Q. What is your real name?
A. Scott Lykins

Q. Where are you from and how is the music scene where you are from?
A. I am from Oxnard, California and we have a legendary hip hop scene in the 805. We have many artists that are now grammy nominated and have worked with everyone in hip hop. We have built a scene for almost 30 years now in the 805 and we are much different than bigger places like L.A. we are still thriving off creativity and that is important in these times when there is really no more money in music, its being recycled by hard workers now.

Q. Who would you like to work with?
A. Rick Rubin, other than that I have worked with everyone I want and I have Rikanatti and my band now. I really don’t need anything other than a pen and a pad.

Q. What would you tell youngsters trying to break into the business?
A. Don’t make it a business, keep it simple.

Q. What was your greatest accomplishment?
A. Being a father, being nominated for an MTV Europe Music award as “Best Act”, breaking a record for most people at a show in Slovenia 30,000 with DJ Umek among many other great memories.

Q. Do you think that music with a meaning will emerge again?
A. I think if your not making music with a meaning, you don’t matter.

Q. If you had one wish, for anything at all in the world, What would you ask for?
A. Peace

Q. Any links, media players any song we can highlight right now for you? Any shout outs to anyone?
A. Visit www.Spinzhiphop.com and watch Spinz TV. We are having a 24 hour concert on October 25-26 so make sure to tune in for that. Shout outs to Mojca, Ben, Erik, Lovro Ravbar, Jerry and everyone holding me down these days.