Film scorer and rock’n’roller Voldo Blanka creates ‘movie moments’ with his brand of alt-electro
Artist: Voldo Blanka
Canadian electronic artist, Voldo Blanka, left the world of a touring rock ‘n’ roll musician to hone his skills as a composer for screen. Through this, Voldo began to look at his music as though it was a scene from a film, designing the sound around how one might feel or move in a certain environment. Tapping into deep sensations and emotions such as fear, anticipation, horror and suspense, the result is a form of sonic storytelling that’s ethereal at times and ‘auditory violence’ at others.
Having formed a wealth of musical experience playing all over the world and recording with legendary producers for many years, the talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist has found solace in the private creative process, and this intimacy with the music has led to the debut record of Voldo Blanka and his edgy brand of alternative electronica. For him, it has become a vehicle to rebel against the industry and the machine that too often spits out music that sounds the same.
Now, Voldo is releasing his debut single, along with a video for ‘Go Your Way’, a melody driven number built around a classical piano line, counterbalanced by spacey vocals and inventive instrumentation.
Whilst recovering from a unique incident, Voldo shut himself away and began to compose prolifically, allowing complete synthesis between himself and the music. This search for perfection demonstrates Blanka’s gritty ethos as a musician and ultimately, an artist, seeing him write and produce the whole record himself, with just a little help from a few guest vocalists.
Although Voldo locates himself underneath the electronic umbrella, he was keen to note that ‘People assume if you’re making electronic music that you’re just a button pusher and loads of people in this industry are. But I’m a songwriter: I score films, I sing, I play a dozen instruments and I happen to have a love for, and obsession with, what moves people and makes people move. So I took everything I’ve learned from a life in a touring rock ‘n’ roll band and fused it with the darkest corners of my imagination. And when that liquid metal cooled, I was left with Voldo Blanka.’
Blanka’s music has drawn comparison with the likes of Bjork, The Knife and the early work of Daft Punk, consequently displaying his experimental and boundary pushing nature as a musician. Along with his walls of guitars, synthesizers and various other instruments, Blanka has been known to experiment with scrap metal percussion, as well as natural noises such as breathing and rustling, which he puts through compressors and amplifiers until he finds something totally unique.
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June 16, 2017 3:32pm by Quite Great