More than just a musician, Blake Allee is a producer, writer and recording pro, mixing, mastering and sampling all of his own music.
This one man machine does all of his own projects from beginning to end, only involving others who are featured in songs when he records. “I love the concept of making something on my own and giving it directly to the people,” Allee said. “No middle man. No mainstream rapper does that. I even Photoshop my own covers.”
A self-proclaimed loner, Allee creates during the night but writes all day long, constantly on a notepad jotting down new ideas. Right now, he has three phones full of lyrics and over 20 notebooks full of ideas that have come spewing out of Allee’s brain and into writing. And when he’s not writing, he’s performing in his bedroom to a small crowd of invisible people who seem to approve of what he’s putting out.
One thing that is obvious about Allee is how passionate he is about his music, which he describes as “like a microwave timer going off when you’re really hungry, more futuristic than futuristic.” Indy’s local music scene has provided an outlet for him to perform and meet other like-minded people who are on a similar path as him. This year, he released his latest project called Televisionn (which you can grab for free at www.blakeallee.com), but he’s still working on new music every day.
So what does Allee hope the future holds for him in his musical journey? “To keep innovating and pushing the boundaries of music. Anybody can grab a beat and rap. I am more concerned with taking sound to places it hasn’t been before, going as far as I can go honestly. Also, to keep interacting with fans; they are very interesting people. One of them can blow his own booger directly from his nose into his mouth!”
Although Allee has been to ORANJE two times as a guest, this will be his first year as a performer. So what does he love about ORANJE? “How it brings art and music together. I look at music as more of an art form than just entertainment and sound. So I love the whole concept about ORANJE.”