Eternal Euphoria is the debut song from Richie Blacker’s new label, “Mess Express Records”, which will be released on November 25th. The track lives up to his name, as it’s built with soaring pads, euphoric chord progressions, melancholic vocals, and an arpeggiated bassline over a broken 808 drum pattern. A perfect Richie Blacker melodic sound to launch the label! It’s already gaining a lot of support during the summer and festival season from some big names.
We have had the pleasure of interviewing and this has been the result.
How would you describe Mess Express to someone who doesn’t know you?
A: it is a label that is focused on acid house, 90s rave culture, Italo house and disco wave, 90s trance and melodic breakbeat.
How was the label born?
A: it’s been a vision of mine for a long time. I always wanted to create a brand that reflected my music. I have been planning it in my head for a long time.
What message would you like to give about the label to anyone wanting to send demos
A: Don’t send me 10 demos. Pick your best 3 tracks and send them. Make sure they are the right sound to what we will be releasing. Acid house, Italo, rave, melodic breakbeat! You will have more of a chance that way on me give them demos my full attention when listening,
Why eternal euphoria as the first release?
A: There was a lot of interest fromBig label to release it elsewhere. But I knew in my heart that I wanted to start the label strong and “Eternal Euphoria” was the track to do it with. It fits the label sound perfectly
As for your studio, what is it currently made up of?
A: I have a studio in Belfast City Center. My set up consists of a vintage Yamaha CS1X, Roland MX1, Roland TB3, Roland TB-03, Roland TR-09, Behringer RD8, Behringer MS1, Behringer TD3 and a Rare Vintage Yamaha VSS-30 Sampling Keyboard.
What is the one instrument you would never get rid of, no matter what?
A: I use the Behringer RD8 on everything. I really want a real Roland TR-808. I will get one someday. Just as soon as I have a extra 6 grand laying around lol.
What was the last record store you visited? And what did you salvage from there?
A: It was “Sound Advice” in Belfast and I went to pick up a copy of Bicep’s white label limited edition vinyl of their track Meli (ll).
Do you have hope for the future of music? How would you like the future of the music industry to be?
A: I would like to see the music industry going back to paying artists like it used to in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Artist now are fucked and struggle to make a living from it and it’s companies like Spotify and Apple Music that are fucking over the artists. That needs to change asap and they need to start playing the artists properly.
Can you reveal some future projects?
A: I have 6 massive collaborations on the cards next year with huge artists. Also I have some big plans for Mess Express. So keep an eye out.
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