BLABLA END is a french electronic and synthwave pop band made up of two musicians: Loh (Lead singer) and Echo (Keyboards, guitar, bass guitar) both members of other electronic bands. BLABLA END is more of a side project inspired by Eurythmics, The Chvrches or Yazoo. They are releasing their first 9 tracks album named "Masters of the Sea". Love and climate changes are two of the topics depicted in their songs through a charming and minimalist music. Check out the Exclusive interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started?
Blabla End: (Loh speaking): BLABLA END is a French electronic pop & synthwave band made up of two musicians: Loh (lead singer) formerly known as the lead singer of a band named PULP MACHINE, and Echo (keyboards, guitar, bass guitar) also known as the lead singer of STATION ECHO.
So we’re kind of two singers in the same band, quite original and funny…
(Echo speaking): I wanted to work on a musical project in which I was no longer the frontman. I probably needed to express myself in a different way. Loh & I know each other for quite a long time but I never paid attention to her voice till the day I heard her singing one of her songs. This time I knew I wanted to work with her. So we did.
2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
Blabla End: (Echo speaking): We are mostly self-learners, but we’re making music for a very long time. We are pro now (laughs). Of course, we’ve learnt the bases at school and took some courses to improve vocal skills but our musical approach is more sensitive than academic
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘Artist’?
Blabla End: (Echo speaking): Well, we have very eclectic influences. It’s always a bit dangerous to reveal our sources. We want our audience to make their own ideas instead of suggesting or imposing ours. But if you insist, we would certainly name bands like Eurythmics, The Chvrches, Yazoo and Depeche Mode.
(Loh speaking): The name BLABLA END refers to a strong will. It literally means STOP TALKING. And by talking we mean “stop talking to say nothing consistent or useful”, We believe that it is now time for action. BLABLA, BLAH-BLAH has different syntaxes but it is quite recognisable in every language and has the same meaning.
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
Blabla End: (Echo speaking): It’s an easy sound, quite enjoyable, very melodic and warm. Some people can find some 80’s nostalgia in it and other will think it’s very “in the moment”. We want it to be intemporal.
Most of all, we wanted it to be full of emotions. Loh’s voice is sweet and fragile, and it was important for us to build the whole thing around it.
6. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative and entertainment?
Blabla End: (Echo speaking): Music is obviously entertainment, but it is also and above all an art. And art aims to convey emotions, but also strong messages of a political nature, to raise awareness on social and environmental issues. As citizens, we are outraged by all that man can do to destroy their planet. We felt the need to express ourselves to share our doubts and anger in the face of all this disaster. So we use music through our songs to try and make people aware and understand that it’s time for action. Of course, our songs are also a personal introspection of our feelings and our emotions.
7. Do you feel that your music is giving you back just as much fulfilment as the amount of work you are putting into it, or are you expecting something more, or different in the future?
Blabla End: (Loh speaking): We’re all trying to reach Andy Warhol ‘s famous “15 minutes of glory”. Happiness and fulfillness are very short moments in a lifetime.
We are musicians for two reasons: we love music, and we are convinced it’s the best way to express our feelings. This is more than a hobby, it’s a passion. We don’t expect any particular feedback. But it’s sometimes rewarding to see that people are truly and deeply touched with lyrics or melodies.
8. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head? And do you collaborate with others in this process?
Blabla End: (echo speaking): Most of the time, it starts with a very short demo, a few ideas recorded on a synthesizer. A bass line and a melody. I send it to Loh who listens and listens until she finds an idea for her voice. The atmosphere of the demo defines what we want to say with the words. This is quite always the same process. Sometimes I’m able to send a whole demo, sometimes just a sample.
Loh’s voice is a true source of inspiration for me. The first time I heard her voice, I immediately knew I wanted to work with her. With this voice, I was convinced that I could express the feelings and emotions I had inside.
(Loh Speaking): Echo is really behind the demos, but then it’s a team effort that allows us to turn the original idea into a song that suits us both. We both write and participate in the making of the song, and in the mixing process. We must both agree on all the decisions.
We work with the same team of friends who help us move forward in our creative work. It is a team we completely trust and who often unblock us with complicated situations. They also help us to decide between our two opinions.
9. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
Blabla End: (Echo speaking): As far as I remember, I don’t see any real difficult situation. What is difficult is to fight daily to gain more views on social networks, to get a place on streaming platforms and in fact, purely and simply, to try to exist artistically. The advantage of our time is that it makes art very accessible. It’s very easy to make an album or to release a single song that anyone can post on YouTube. But little by little, everybody loses the sense of quality. What is very discouraging is to see that stupid things make millions of views while our tracks count only a few thousand in the best case.
10. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?
Blabla End: (Loh Speaking): It is when it’s no longer up to us to fetch people, but when people come to us. That’s when you understand that you did a good job and that you touched people.
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