Steve Blast Interview conducted by Hugo Lunny
At the young age of 27, few producers can boast having their beats used by multi-platinum artists. Steve Blast can though. Having collaborated with Nelly, Chingy, Ebony Eyes and Pretty Willie to name a few, Blast has had his beats heard and intends to continue having that happen.
MVRemix: For those that are now hearing about you for the first time, tell us about yourself.
Steve Blast: My name is Steve Blast I am a Record Producer and Urban Music Publisher, born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Chingy, Nelly, Ebony eyes, Pretty Willie and a host of others the readers may not recognize. I started my Publishing company right before Universal Music Group released Nelly’s “Country Grammar” year to date sales over 8.5 million records. I produced and published the single “Batter Up” on Country Grammar. I have an office and Recording Studio in Saint Louis and Dallas, Texas. I have been involved in several projects that have done extremely well in the marketplace.
MVRemix: How important do you feel networking is?
Steve Blast: Networking is vital to meeting new contacts. Every organization should have at least a few Key individuals that is skilled at networking. Logging contacts and establishing new relationships, even following up to make sure information is still current.
MVRemix: As a producer, who has influenced you?
Steve Blast: I was influenced by the classics. Production influences include, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam Terry Lewis, Rick Ruben and a lot of others. Publishing and business influences include Berry Gordy, LA, Reid, Russel Simmons.
MVRemix: How did your collaboration with Nelly and The St. Lunatics come up for “Batter Up”?
Steve Blast: Nelly and I have common associates in Saint Louis. I got the word they were working on a project at one of the local studios. I came through to a recording session and created a track. That track ended being the music bed for “Batter Up” we recorded the record the rest is history.
MVRemix: How does living in Missouri shape your attitude towards music, art and culture in general?
Steve Blast: For me, it doesn’t shape a lot because I observe different art and culture from all over the World. But Saint Louis has it own thing when it comes to accents and styles culture. The music seems traditional to me, because I’m from here, but other cities enjoy the vibe.
MVRemix: How did the name Steve Blast come to be? Is Steve your real first name, and if so, how did the blast come to be added.
Steve Blast: Steve is my first name, Blast came from my old neighborhood Berkeley. I was one of the few guys that could create music in my neighborhood. Before long I was making talent show tapes and local demo recordings. I got adopted by this group that had called me Steve for years and finally after creating some of the best material we had heard the Name Blast had just been the best word to describe the sound that I was doing. Big, explosive, Blast. At a show they gave props to Stevie Blast for making the tracks and ever since it just stuck. Blast was born.
MVRemix: Tell me about this consulting company you started to help writers…
Steve Blast: The consulting arm of my publishing is design to assist artists,organizations, and writers with setting up structure for their Company, urban marketing strategy, industry etiquette and overall navigation through the changing field of Music Business. I have a healthy collection of relationships and contacts that I make available to qualified clientèle. Objective is to ensure talent has a conduit to the “right” industry professional and organizations get maximum benefit from the marketing campaigns they do.
MVRemix: Are you working on an album?
Steve Blast: We control several producers catalog material, they are all working on multiple album projects. I am developing 3 artists for independent release; 9yne, Maji, Kwoods.
MVRemix: Any videos planned?
Steve Blast: We shot a video for artist “Pretty Willie” on 6/9/08 for his lead single “Good Thang.” Google search “Good Thang”
MVRemix: What are your thoughts about Barack Obama obtaining the democratic nomination?
Steve Blast: It is a major accomplishment. Hopefully the country supports him all the way to the Presidency. It is a very good look for America.
MVRemix: Have fun with this one, a la “Fight Club” – “If you could fight any celebrity, who would you fight”?
Steve Blast: Bruce Lee.
MVRemix: Would you win?
Steve Blast: Probably not, but the video would be worth trillions.
MVRemix: What next do we have to look forward to from you?
Steve Blast: International presence. Fall 2008 we are networking with overseas companies, management, promotional, labels, to introduce new energy into Urban Music in foreign markets. We have projected to sign 5 new acts to the Publishing Company, all non English speaking artists. French, German, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese.
MVRemix: Any last words?
Steve Blast: Organizations looking to get more info about Blast Music, Steve Blast Wills, feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org office: 314-218-5706 Thank You for the interview.