Now Available: Blueprint “Weightless Radio” Album

Last year when Adventures in Counter-Culture was released I created an exclusive instrumental album to be given away free with all pre-orders that were sold through Fifth Element.  The name of the album was Weightless Radio: A Collection of Blueprint Instrumentals and, outside of the people who pre-ordered the album on Fifth Element, it hasn’t been available anywhere else prior to today.  In fact, there’s a lot of people who had no idea that this record even existed.  Therefore, I have decided to make this album available here on Printmatic.net for the first time.   Check it out:

http://printmatic.bandcamp.com/album/weightless-radio-a-collection-of-blueprint-instrumentals

It it only available in digital format at this time and it is also available on Amazon.com

At an hour-long and 27 tracks in length, I believe Weightless Radio is a very dope record.

Thanks for the support!

How Do You Respond to Failure?

 

About six weeks ago, I was contacted about teaching two workshops on writing to a group of High School kids. The person who contacted me had originally reached out to me a couple years ago, but for whatever reason we weren’t able to make it happen.  It looked more likely this time around since my schedule was clear; I had been at home writing my book for several months straight and had no plans to be on the road for a while.

After giving it some careful thought, I confirmed the date and started to prepare.  Admittedly, I was nervous about teaching, but since I had more time to prepare I felt confident I could put something together that the students and I would be happy with. Continue reading

AUDIO: Chapter Three “Automatic” from The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture

Here’s the audio recording for chapter three “Automatic” from my upcoming book The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture, pre-ordering right now on http://printmatic.net

The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture: Chapter 03 “Automatic” by BLUEPRINT

 

Blueprint “Go Hard or Go Home” Music Video

The one year anniversary of Adventures in Counter-Culture is today.  In celebration we are releasing the official music video for “Go Hard or Go Home.”  The music video was shot on the south side of Columbus and directed by yours truly, Printmatic!  If you like it, please share it on your Facebook, Twitter, & Blog.  Pick up the album HERE

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AUDIO: Chapter 10 “Radio-Inactive” from “The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture” Book

Last week, when I mentioned I was going to post a chapter of my upcoming book The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture, there was a lot of interest in an audio version of it.  Well, the people have spoken!  Here's the audio-version of Chapter 10 “Radio-Inactive.”  The audiobook version will be available to download on Monday April 16th as well.  Pre-order the book HERE

The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture: Chapter 10 “Radio-Inactive” by BLUEPRINT

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Blueprint Announces the Release of New Book “The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture”

After a five-year musical journey, critically acclaimed mc/producer and Soul Position frontman Blueprint, returned in 2011 with his highly-anticipated sophomore solo album Adventures in Counter-Culture.  While praised by critics and considered his finest release to date, the story behind Blueprint’s musical departure went largely untold until now.  The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture sees Blueprint emerge as an author, vividly recounting the stories that inspired him to create such a unique piece of art.  His writing leaves nothing unanswered – taking the reader through the creative process behind every song on the album – and describing in rich detail the circumstances that lead to his social commentary, his personal transformation, and his genre-defying album, Adventures in Counter-Culture. Continue reading

The Struggle of Getting Music Out

2012 marks the tenth year that I’ve been a full-time artist. Without a doubt it’s the most rewarding career I’ve ever had.  It’s also the most challenging, although in completely different ways than my previous jobs.

I remember when I was considering resigning from my job back in 2001, I went around getting advice from other self-employed people, in hopes of getting encouragement or advice before I made the leap.  One of the people I spoke to was named Todd Buck and he ran an in-home studio on the west side of Cincinnati that I would routinely use for mastering the first few albums I ever released.  He had just made the decision to move his studio and business out of his basement and to a larger one on the opposite side of town.  He had only been self-employed for a year at the time so I asked him for some advice. Continue reading

Blueprint feature in the Orlando Weekly

Last week when i was in Orlando, their weekly paper The Orlando Weekly did a great feature on me and Adventures in Counter-Culture.

Please check it out here: http://orlandoweekly.com/music/under-the-radar-1.1245038

Here’s an exerpt:

In 2005, Al Shepard stopped by the headquarters of Power 107.5 FM, a radio station in his hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Shepard had ties to hip-hop, and so did the station, but each had a vastly different idea of what makes the genre great. Traditionally, Shepard raps over self-made beats as Blueprint, keeping his work low on coolness and flash, and heavy on honesty. Slang doesn’t play into his verses much and he’s consistently willing to experiment with different moods and sounds in his beats. (He’s had albums issued by stately indie hip-hop label Rhymesayers.) Continue reading

Blueprint announces the “Sunshine State of Mind” Tour

 

Hello Friends.  Although it’s officially winter I would like to announce the Sunshine State of Mind Tour, a week-long headlining tour that will be brought to the sunniest of sunny places, Florida.  If you live in the state of Florida, I would like to officially invite you out to one of the shows.


Blueprint Tour Dates:

Thursday December 15th – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum: details & RSVP
Friday, December 16th – Orlando, FL @ The Social: details & RSVP
Saturday, December 17th – Jacksonville, FL @ The Phoenix Taproom: details and RSVP
Sunday, December 18th – Orlando, FL @ Blank Space (Producer Showcase): details and RSVP
Tuesday, December 20th – Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda: details and RSVP

Thanks for the support,

Printmatic!

Columbus Producer Community

To all my friends out there that do beats and are from the Columbus area, as the winter approaches we start to get close to that time that is typically the most depressing yet the most productive for us.  Since we can’t go out, we make beats.  If you are one of those people, and would like to get out of the house and share your work, I have an idea.  I would like to build a Columbus Producer Community.  Nothing even very formal, but just a place where we can all meet up and share our work (either weekly, biweekly, or monthly), at a spot with a nice PA, probably during happy hour or something.  If there’s enough interest I will get the spot.

I think it would help build community and inspire us all, two things that are always needed.  I’ve never been one for beat battles myself, because I always felt like the beats had to fit a certain type of sound or style for a producer to be successful in that format, and also because they don’t really build community.  So I would like to try something different.  I’ve got a lot of cats in mind already, and you probably already know who you are.   If I don’t know who you are and you’re interested in participating in this please e-mail me at info(at)printmatic.net and send me the links to your work.

Thanks in advance.

Adventures in Counter-Culture is in stores now!

Alright folks.  Today is the day.  My new album is in stores right now.  You can get it from itunes, pretty much any mom & pop store, on-line at fifthelementonline.com as well as chains like Best Buy.  I’m gonna spare you the sales pitch and just say that I’ve put a lot of time into it so obviously it would be great it you picked it up.  I’m going to be flying back to Columbus to do an in-store at Magnolia Thunderpussy at 7pm today, so I’m not going to be online a much until later, but feel free to hit this post up and let me know what you think of it if you’ve got it already.

Pre-order Adventures In Counter-Culture now from Fifth Element Online! You can still pre-order today and get the bonus materials! Every pre-order will receive a bonus Weightless Radio CD for FREE, a 27 track instrumental album of previously unreleased beats produced by Blueprint and only available at Fifth Element. The vinyl features a custom limited and numbered double LP picture disc in a full color printed jacket. It also includes an 8 page booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and digital download card. You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive deal, only from Fifth Element!

Pre-Order today: Fifth Element (with exclusive bonus instrumental disc) | iTunesAmazon

Here’s the information on the inst0re today: Continue reading

Blueprint, MTV, and “Selling Out”

The Adventure

I started working on Adventures in Counter-Culture 5 years ago.  At the time I started working on it I was fed up with everything around me; television and its stereotypical and harmful images, commercial radio, the stagnation of the music (even in the hip-hop scene that I’m a part of), and society in general.  To me, there had become too many rules, too much routine, too much recycling of ideas and concepts.  So as far as I was concerned I didn’t want to be a part of of that anymore, even if it meant that I had to challenge even the things that I’m known best for as an artist.

That’s what counter-culture is.

So as I took on this task of trying to destroy everything I knew musically and socially, I immediately realized that there would be risk involved, but I made the journey primarily for me so I didn’t care.  I had to do it for myself.  Make the music that I wanted to make, become the person I wanted to be, free of expectations and rules, so that I would know that I’m not just another artist playing it safe like everybody else, making the same boring record over and over again just because it makes them money.

When this entire scene that I’m a part of began to pop off in the early 2000s, it was because the music was different and progressive.  It expanded and inspired many.  Unfortunately, there came a point where it began to recycle itself and became stagnant, depending on the same ideas, styles, and concepts to stay successful, but not growing.  That’s what I’m fighting against.  I realize that everybody may not be with me on that, or even understand my desire to distance my music from what I consider to be formulaic and boring, but there’s no turning back for me. Continue reading

Blueprint “So Alive” music video

Director/Produced/Edited: Maria Juranic

DP: Trevor Tweener
Rent The Sky Films

Buy the single and remixes now: iTunes So Alive EP w/ Deluxe Digital Booklet | Amazon | Vinyl from Fifth Element (limited hand numbered red vinyl 12″)

Pre-order Adventures In Counter-Culture now from Fifth Element Online!

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Behind the camera: Cory Ring

As my curiosity about the field of film & video increases, I find myself crossing paths with people are are really good at what they do. I love to chop it up with people about their craft, especially those far more advanced with me, soI thought it could be cool to feature these conversations about Film & Video here on printmatic.net and call it Behind the Camera.

Well this first feature is on film student Cory Ring.  I found Cory through his fan-made video he made for a song of mine called “6 a.m” (from the Sign Language EP – buy it if you haven’t yet) and “Big Time” from the Latimore Platz Smokey Part Two EP.   There are a lot of fan-made videos out there, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that this might be the best one I’ve ever seen, and that it’s a huge compliment that my music was able to inspire such a creation.  Once I saw it I knew I had to interview Cory.

Check out the video:

Read the full interview with Cory here after the jump: Continue reading

“Keep Bouncing” single and video

 

1.25.11 Blueprint drops “Keep Bouncing” single and video, and album pre-order information!

Here’s the second single off of Adventures In Counter-Culture! Watch the video below, buy the song!

Shot, edited, & directed by Optical Alchemists

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bnR6qEPVDE

Buy “Keep Bouncing” now! iTunes: Explicit | Clean | Instrumental or from Amazon