Sean Blaze has been around music from a very young age. At an early age he would write songs and perform at talent shows around Antigua. Despite the Caribbean sounds of reggae and calypso playing a promiment role in Sean’s formative years, it was his discovery of hip-hop that would dictate his musical journey from then on.
“Being raised in the Caribbean I listened to a lot of different kinds of music, mainly reggae and calypso. I got into hip-hop in my early teens. I probably wrote my first rap when I was 14. I knew I had a talent but never took it seriously.“
Sean’s love affair with hip hop began when his brother, with whom he enjoys a close relationship, introduced him to the music of The Fugees. Having been enchanted by the work of Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill and Pras Michel, Sean decided to expand his knowledge of the genre by overloading on his new found love by watching BET and MTV religiously. His talent for rapping only began to flourish upon his family’s return to the UK in early 2000; where he met, Jai Deezy. The pair immediately struck up a good rapport, and Jai introduced Sean to the thriving Garage and Grime scene by taking him to raves. It was at those high energy, fun-filled nights that Sean was able to familiarise himself with the UK music scene at the time which helped to develop his skills as a lyricist. After some words of encouragement from Jai, Sean started MCing alongside Jai, and together they formed the Inferno Crew. The group gained notoriety around their local area and in a short space of time word had spread about their talent. Soon after, they were performing at events throughout the country.
“I was doing everything; rap, grime, whatever beat you put on I would have some bars for it. I was really just working around my craft at this time. Even though I messed with other genres, rap was still my preference.“
Sean then headed to university to study Business and Marketing, but music was never far from his mind. In a favourable twist of fate he ended up rooming with Alex, the brother of BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Twin B. Through this he was able to form acquaintances with a number of people in the industry, including Kingsley Slater, who owned World Records, a South London based independent record label, that specialised in producing mixtapes. Sean’s exceptional talent meant that he was featured on one of the label’s mixtapes and the label were so impressed with his debut that he was asked to feature on a number of different compilation CDs for DJs around London including DJ Paleface (Crazy Cousins) and Twin B (Split Mic) .
“I think my delivery differentiates me. I construct my lyrics so it feels like a beat is playing, even if you hear it acapella.”
Sean believes that the skills he acquired whilst studying Business and Marketing are responsible for him having an eye for talent. Before moving back to Luton in 2007, Sean’s growing reputation as a respected songwriter resulted in him being approached to write songs for a couple of prominent independent labels. He then linked up with Grime legend, Lowdeep and long-term collaborator, Jai Deezy. The trio connected musically and decided to form a group called, Audio Pusha Men. For the next four years the group recorded a diverse catalogue of music and collaborated with artists from around the country including Stayfresh and Lady Leshurr . They were creating music of such high quality that they received interest from independent and major labels, which resulted in them signing a publishing deal in 2011, but after fulfilling their contractual obligations, the trio decided to focus on individual projects.
“We still work together as a group but we’ve all had solo stuff that we’ve wanted to do. We’re still a team though.”
Having spent over a decade honing his skills, learning the industry and mastering his craft, Sean Blaze unleashed his solo debut mixtape, “Chef Papa Sean”, in April 2013. As the past decade has proven, Sean Blaze does not do things half-ass, and he has put everything into creating a collection of tracks from the perspective of the ‘average cool person.’
“Like a chef uses different flavours, I’m very diverse with what I put into my music. I wanted to give an insight into the kind of music I make and show them the range that I have as far as my ability to give you a different vibe with each song. Every line and lyric is crafted, I don’t put it together for the sake of it. I make music for everybody’s playlist ”
After taking some time away from music to “deal with life”, Sean is set to release his debut album “Caribbean Dreaming” in early 2016.
“Caribbean Dreaming is going to be my best work yet. I aim to show the influence my cultural background has had on my music, using elements of different genres of Caribbean music”.
Check out the video Sean’s newest single ‘Wha da vibes’ which is a sample of what listeners can expect when the album drops.The ‘Wha da vibes’ music video was filmed at Pigeon Point beach in Antigua and directed by Anderson Andrew. The single can be purchased on both iTunes and Amazon. For updates ‘like’ Sean’s official Facebook page, and listen to more of his music on his Soundcloud here.
Curated via: Vybzing with Sean Blaze | Art.Culture.Antigua