Debian Blak

Debian Blak is the latest electronic whiz to emerge from the swinging Leeds music scene, bringing with him a diverse audio spectrum and a new take on the city’s sound.

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 18 Jul 2014
  • min read
Debian Blak is the latest electronic whiz to emerge from the swinging Leeds music scene, bringing with him a diverse audio spectrum and a new take on the city’s sound.

Whether it’s his scattergun beats, his garage inspired vocal samples or delicate post dubstep shuffle, Debian has marked himself out as a crisp master of house-inflicted electronica and one that can push the boundaries between the club and the after-party.

First popping up in 2009 with his remix of Kidkanevil’s Tokyorkshire, alongside Airhead, he’s since developed his sound through a glut of high-profile remixes for the likes of Laura Mvula and Rainy Milo.

Parallel to his remixing stints, Debian has been developing his own sonic template, drawing on the sounds of Mount Kimbie and Jai Paul for inspiration.

His first critically-acclaimed debut EP, A Hint of Menace, catapulted him to the forefront of the underground electronic scene and he’s since been championed by BBC Radio 1’s Mary Ann Hobbs, BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne and ethereal electronic producer Nicolas Jaar.

Last month he was awarded a PRS for Music Foundation Momentum Fund grant to help with the production and promotion of his debut album.

We spent 30 seconds with him to find out more….

I first started writing music because…

I wanted to be in a boy band.

I have been making music since…
I was about 13. 

My music is…
Eclectic and electronic. Essentially it's dance music.  

You'll like me if you listen to...  
It loudly on headphones. 

My favourite venue is…
Sub Dub at the West Indian Centre, Leeds.

Music is important because…
It gives us something to listen to.         

My biggest inspiration is…
People.

My dream collaboration would be…
Dr Dre circa 1999. 

To try me out, listen to my song…
Push It or Say You.

If I wasn't making music I'd be…
Sitting on a beach somewhere hot.

In 10 years time I want to be...
Sitting on a beach somewhere hot.

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