Meet USA-born UK Open Mic performer, Blake Rave:
Hi Blake Rave, thanks for joining us! Let’s get into it:
Do you play solo only, or also in a group?
What’s the name of the group?
Blake Rave and the Unmentionables
How old are you?
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
How did that place influence your music? (if at all!)
Definitely gave me roots in country music. It also helped propel my writing, as there was little else to do
Where are you based now, and why?
I’m relocating to London this summer and will attend ICMP in the fall
What got you into making music in the first place?
I was listening to music in the womb. I’ve been making songs since before I could write
What instrument/s do you play?
Who would be in your top 10 musical influences, and why?
Jewel- writes original music. Plays guitar and sings. Can play solo/acoustic for hours.
Do you write your own songs?
How many years have you been writing songs for?
10 years (complete writing ie, lyrics plus music)
What process, or processes, do you often find yourself using when you write songs?
Most of my songs are inspired by a lyric. Then I find the melody. Then add music and let the different parts help write each other and finish the song.
Why did you get into playing them in the first place?
My roommate brought me to one and tricked me into performing. It was awful lol… but afterward I thought- it could never be worse than this… so I kept at it.
What advice would you give new performers who are just starting out playing their first open mics?
Take a deep breath… have confidence in your material. Talk to the audience like a bff…not a bunch of strangers. Never stop mid song… push through!
What’s the hardest thing, for you, about playing open mics?
If it’s not already, are you hoping to make music your full-time career?
What do you currently find the hardest and biggest obstacles to moving your music career forward?
Finding a team to help me out
What’s the one truth about you that people often find surprising?
I’m gay lol
What’s the most exciting project you’re working on at the moment?
Just finished shooting a music video in London for my upcoming album
Do you have your own music video, channel or playlist you’d like to share?
Do you have music on streaming? What’s you main streaming channel to send people to?
Where is the main place should people go to find out more about you?
What other sites/profiles should people go to to find out more about you?
We’re done! Anything else you want to share before we go?