I am always in search of new Christian music of all genres that glorify God and use music to worship from sunrise to sundown every day. I seek out lyrics that dispel my fears, and doubts or even exhort me to do what I am not doing. During the pandemic, for the first time in my life, I started experiencing terrible insomnia, anger, and anxiety and through answered prayers, I found the music of Lance Blake and praised my way through it.
Now three years into the pandemic and representing Rapzilla, I get the pleasure to interview Lance Blake about his musical career and what he has in store for the future with us out of my appreciation for what he has done for me.
How long have you been making music?
My grandma bought me a guitar when I was 13. I’ve always had a love for music but didn’t get serious about creating my own music until 2007. I released my first album in 2012, No Ear Candy.
Your music genres vary from acoustic to rock to hip-hop and even fusing them, in addition, you sing and rap so what factors determine what kind of music you are going to make?
It’s never really ever determined beforehand. I create as I’m being led to at that moment. I never have a set idea, I just let whatever is inside of me come out, unless I’m working on a certain project.
Your entire album As for Me and My House featured your wife and/or children as well as featuring on your songs “My Child,” “All I Need” and “Sticks and Stones.” Can you share that creative process?
We always prayed before coming together as a family so they can also find their inspiration and be used in the way God needed them. It could start with me having an idea and my wife and the kids would rehearse and go over the lyrics. With the children, it took more practice and rehearsing. We had to come to an understanding that it was also something that was relatable to them so they can express themselves with the lyrics. As far as the vocal and song melodies, that is more of what I enjoy, and for the lyrics, my wife and I, sometimes the kids, would inspire that as well.
Who were your musical Influences growing up and now?
My biggest influence growing up was a band named Korn and hearing them changed so much of my life altogether. It changed the way I spoke and dressed, the way I responded in life, and in many different ways. A bigger part of my inspiration came from rock and metal bands from the Nu-Metal era. I was also inspired and raised on a wide variety of hip-hop, pop, and rap, from Bone Thugz-N-Harmony, and Dr. Dre, to Michael Jackson and many bands from the ’80s. Now in the present time, my greatest musical influences are Marquese Saenz, Datin, and a whole selection of contemporary worship.
Music can be very cathartic; it seems very common that musicians express themselves and process feelings quicker through creating music. Would you say that is the same for you?
Yes, absolutely. I think creating is something very powerful. Being able to create, whether we are creating music or any other form of art, is a gift. Having this outlet is a blessing, especially when the main focus is God. I can personally relate to this statement.
Where do you see your musical ventures five years from now?
In five years, I hope to still be creating and releasing more music. I feel like I will always be invested in music in some way or another, whether it is worshipping in church, with my family, or creating more albums. I absolutely will be touching different genres and have other creative ways to display what God has placed inside me. The message will always remain the same but I think being versatile has been such a huge blessing and it has given me a sense of freedom to be and create the way God needs me to.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
My son, absolutely. He’s becoming an artist and worshipper of God. He’s currently two years old but as he grows, I plan to surround him and teach him, lead him to be everything God wants for his life, He’s it, man!
You have been dropping singles steadily after your last album Light Up the World, can you share some info about what you’re currently working on and what genres may be included?
Currently, I’m actually working on an album. This new album will include a mix of genres with elements from synth wave, hip hop, EDM, and worship. I’ve recently grown very fond of analog synthesizers and electronic-style music. I plan on incorporating these different styles and elements to create something I have never had before.
During the thick of the pandemic, did it drive you to make more music or listen to more music? Or both?
I think at that time I was tracking a lot of guitar and bass so I think more than anything, I was definitely creating more than listening.
I am super grateful for Lance Blake for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions and help me praise through the pandemic and I can’t wait to hear the new album.
Who helped you praise through the pandemic? Let us know in the comments!