BLAKDENIM is a vanguard act that infuses hip-hop, funk, rock and soul with lyrical content that ranges from the serious to the absurd, the tone from sweet to heavy, all connected by head-nodding melodies. The line-up includes drums, bass guitar, keyboard, trumpet, saxophone, flute, female vocalist and an emcee.
The band has created serious buzz from live appearances at venues big and small including playing two consecutive summers at Ottawa Bluesfest, Festival dʼéte de Québec, two dates at Montreal International Jazz Festival and placing third at Indie Week Canada. The bandʼs current release “Complexus” as well as their debut offering “Vanguard(en)” have both been featured on CBC radio. Both releases have also received attention from commercial and college radio including appearances at the top of charts.
IndieBlender recently said of BLAKDENIM, “[they] are the complete package. If youʼre looking for passionate lyrics, infectious rhythms, expertly layered instrumentals, or simply something to move your feet to, this is a band you have to check out.” This is one indication that BLAKDENIM is realizing exactly what they set out to achieve when they came together in an Ottawa, ON basement in late 2012.