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!”.