One of the early benefits of attempting to change my home production setup into a more mobile one is that it has made me question all parts of my creative process. I’ve realized that there are certain points in my process where the momentum I have in creating art comes to a standstill. In most instances, this is caused by a technical flaw in my workflow. A example of something like this would be not having enough midi inputs or cables to connect a drum machine that I really like. The fact that the drum machine isn’t connected all the time makes connecting it an inconvenience, and therefore reduces the likelihood I’ll use it.
I’m proud to finally release this animated music video for the latest single from the album Adventures in Counter-Culture, “Wanna Be Like You.” The video was create by the talented artist Dax Norman. Please check it out and share it on your blog/facebook/twitter if you like it.
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Brand new episode of The Adventures of Blueprint called “The Sample Police”
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 https://printmatic.net
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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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
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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.
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.
Great interview with germanrhymes.de that I did while I was in Europe on the Rhymesayers tour. This one came out really well. Check your boy out.
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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.
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,
A fresh “keep bouncing” remix done several months ago. If you’re on Soundcloud, follow the kid. Enjoy.
Alternate link: http://soundcloud.com/printmatic/keep-bouncing-remix
Hey Friends. It’s been a while since I’ve written so I figured I would write one post that summarizes all the stuff that’s been going on. This will also be my first newsletter that I’m sending to those that subscribe to my mailing list as well.
Live footage from the Canadian leg of The Family Tour.
Adventures in Counter-Culture is out NOW!
I’ve always had a weird relationship with the press. For the early part of my career, from 1999-2003 when I was first putting out Greenhouse material on Weightless Recordings, they would either ignore us completely or clown us in the local weekly papers. Then once Soul Position came out things improved, but its always been weird. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, you take it with a grain of salt and you move on. Along the way I stopped giving a fuck and realized that while the press can to some extent make a star out of somebody that shouldn’t be, they also can’t really do much for artists that are bi-products of a more grassroots approach–which I am. I’m not sure if that realization means I gave up on their importance, or that I gave up on my potential to be a critics favorite, but I do know that things definitely changed for me.
But specifically, here’s my problem with press:
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!
Here’s the information on the inst0re today: