We had the good fortune of connecting with Blest Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Blest, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Fully pursuing any art of any kind is difficult and risky, for anyone who wants to, but for me personally I really wanted to escape all the time. I only found that in my art. I am still constantly looking for ways to diversify and do more within art but music has been that base my entire life. I needed a way to express and share with the world and I am grateful that I could turn my expression of feelings into a self sustaining business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art is so fluid and thats why I LOVE it. I really feel at peace when experiencing art, and yes I say experiencing because if done right it will make you feel something and kind of speak to you. That right there, that feeling of bliss, or those chills you get listening to a great song, those are the moments I want to recreate. Every artist will say that that is what they aim for in their art, to reach peoples souls or captivate them in different spaces for even just a second. What separates me is my style and execution. Being self taught, I really had to figure things out on my own. I always loved making complex chords at my piano at home, so I always had a knack for original composition and fresh ideas at least melodically. Something I am still working on is lyricism. As good as some of you may thing my lyrics are, I still feel like there is way deeper to go in that art. As far as difficulty, this music thing came pretty easy to me. I was caught onto early on and built a good solid base quick. Now I just have to build and expand my sound so more audiences can taste what I am all about. I believe that my harmonies and abilities to create different melodies that still hit in its own way is what separates me from the rest. There isn’t another Blest out there and that is reflected in the music. You will be able to hear it all in my debut album coming out in June, and my latest release “Nike” streaming on all platforms.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off I am in NY, so there is a plethora of things to do! when you land or come into town, I’d take you to my favorite coffee spot which is the Starbucks Reserve in Chelsea. The vibes there are immaculate and you already know i love conversing so we would talk, catch up, and plan what the rest of our day is gonna look like, we’d probably end up going to some places we find on TIkTok or Instagram to take some cool pictures and call it a day. Throughout the week I would definitely take you into the studio and hang out with my homie first, then engineer, Moses Freih, aka Musa. He is an amazing vibe and great energy to be around. Id show you the behind the scenes of how we go about making our tracks. Id take you thrifting at some of my favorite spots because thats where I get a lot of the cool pieces I wear. Thrifting is looked down upon by a lot of people, but that just means more of the good finds for me and those willing to get their hands dirty. Now that restaurants are opening back up Id take you to some of my favorite rooftop spots and have brunch one of the days you are in town. As for restaurants, I love the Lower East Side for fun cool food spots. Mixed in with all this madness I am sure my friends are also doing things we can partake in. My friends are super cool so going in, we already know its going to be a vibe. Hope that sounds like a good time. haha
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldnt be doing and surviving this journey without my parents Mr. and Mrs, Jones, my brother Justice, and of course my close friends I call my family. Other than them my journey has been fuel by straight up persistence and good energy.