BLAKTYPE: I was born in Tucson, Arizona, but due to my mom being in the military I kind of grew up a “Rolling Stone.” Home was wherever we were at for the time.
IAA: What is your music background?
BLAKTYPE: I was inspired at an early age to become an entertainer. I’m an 80’s baby so I was really into Michael Jackson back then. I remember watching his videos and trying to imitate all his dance moves as a youngster. I was a moon-walking fool in my socks on the kitchen floor and even had a sliver glove like he wore in his “Billie Jean” performance for Motown. My favorite of all time is “Smooth Criminal” hands down.
The early 90’s is when I really got introduced to hip hop. In 1992, the duo Kriss Kross hit the scene with their single “Jump,” which was #1 on the billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks straight and was a certified double platinum single. I remember the first time I saw the video; I was in awe the whole time like, “What is this?” I wrote my first rhyme shortly after and been running with it ever since.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
BLAKTYPE: All I can say is I have good court vision. My music is very personal so I feel putting aspects of it in the hands of others will lose its feel. In other words I’m a point guard by nature, so letting the center handle the ball is probably going to cause a turnover. I know what I like to hear and how I think I should sound. My music is my brand, something that took years to develop. I’ll be keeping my creative control.
IAA: What are your songs about?
BLAKTYPE: My songs are the soundtrack to the movie of my life. I don’t do too many fictitious songs, so if you heard it in a song it’s probably true. I also try to stay clear from negativity in my lyrics as well. You might find some hidden politics in there too. I’m all about the hooks though. You can have a good verse, but if your hook sucks it depreciates the whole song. The hook is the topic and the verses are the explanation.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
BLAKTYPE: I have 2 young boys who look up to me so first and foremost my music has to appeal to my 2 biggest fans and still keep the interests of adults. I’m aiming all the way across the board on this and directing my music to anyone who understands English. I have that kind of effect on people. My music kind of mirrors me and people of all ages and ethnicities accept me so I think those same people will be accepting to the music I put out and become fans.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
BLAKTYPE: My musical influences are Michael Jackson, Kriss Kross, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Hot Boyz, Lil Wayne, TI, Drake, Webbie, Juicy J, Big Krit, Notorious Big, 2 PAC, NEYO, Donnell Jones, Avant, Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
BLAKTYPE: I would describe it as very commercial. It’s something you may hear in the club, or on the radio for sure. It’s always going to be something that bang in the trunk too. I’m real big on the drums and drum patterns, no samples, all me from scratch. All my own drum loops kicking over crazy bass with catchy hooks.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artists?
BLAKTYPE: No one is better than me at being me. I do me and stay clear from negativity. My work ethic mixed with knowledge and know how kind of helps me set the bar too. I really do shoot and edit my own music videos as well as for others. I record and mix all my vocals and produce my own beats and when that’s done I put the camera on the tripod and play photographer and artist at the same time. I think that should be the standard when you think of independent artists. I took what I learned while on active duty and applied it, and so far it’s been working. Last but not least, any great artist has to have a look right? Let’s just say when it comes to the ladies, I don’t do much chasing.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
BLAKTYPE: I’m shopping around a few reality TV ideas looking for bigger production. I have my Album titled Return of the B.LA.K, set to drop 2013. When I’m not working on music, I work as a photographer and videographer for concert events. I am currently working on a project for Cypress Hill.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BLAKTYPE: My goal is to build my brand and establish myself as an entrepreneur. I see myself reaping the benefits of all my hard work over the years. 10 years from now, I’ll definitely be the employer by that time.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
YouTube channel: @TerricBennett