The Blockchains

FRESH: ‘Videoblogger’ – The Blockchains

The Blockchains debut with “Videoblogger”

The Blockchains is a studio project and music collective in Cologne, Germany. It’s headed by Dave Knight, a session musician and songwriter from London, who penned this track a full calendar year before becoming involved in the most disliked video in German Youtube history, performed by Bibi.H. In stark contrast, this debut release is a well crafted pop song which mixes 80s synth pop sounds with a bit of punk attitude.

The convincing delivery of the jazz singer Clara Lucas tells a real story, which takes us from a walk on the streets to an encounter with a famous videoblogger. Ironically, Dave felt the need to write this song after witnessing said video blogger and company rollicking around in a supermarket. Dave Knight is a drummer by trade, and he learned much about songwriting whilst on tour with Robin Gibb of Bee Gees fame.

Dave writes in a broad range of styles from straight up pop to jazz ballads, children’s songs, and musical theatre – and that is reflective of his influences which he says can be from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin, and UK Subs to George Michael or Depeche Mode. The Blockchains project includes a documentary movie by filmmaker Andrea Sausa, who followed the musicians and their studio sessions in the famous Dierks Studios in Stommeln.

The short feature captures Dave and co-producer Guido Leidheuser piecing the track together which would ultimately be mixed by Stefan Vogt. “Video blogging has become the new reality TV. Interesting at the first glance but about as deep as a sheet of tracing paper. Trash video bloggers with their top 10 lists, double adverts, commercial breaks, and paid sponsorships are taking opportunities and attention away from genuine artists who’ve spent thousands of hours learning and practising their craft, and that’s not funny or quirky, it’s downright annoying!”.

For more about Clara Lucas, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!