Artist Spotlight | Blackmill [Chill-step Mastery]

A few days ago, a good friend of mine from pharmacy school introduced me to an artist that he said was ‘going to blow my fucking mind’. Let it be known that rarely will my world be shaken by an artist or producer my friend or acquaintance introduces me to.  It usually takes a couple of listens before a new artist or sound clicks with me. This, however, was one of those aberrant occasions.

How had I never heard of Blackmill?

I was in awe by this next artist’s ability to create what I call “movement”. Using chill-step as his vehicle, Blackmill produces music just as a farmer or construction worker would cultivate. His tracks resemble a three dimensional landscape, rather than a linear progression. As each song proceeds, the listener becomes enveloped in every single sound Blackmill intricately laces into the track. Each song tells a story. Each song portrays an epic. You know, those wordy poems you read in high school english class that depict “a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation” (Wikipedia for the win).

Hailing from Highlands in the UK, Robert Card puts any other melodic dubstep producers in the business to shame. We have to imagine that learning to play guitar at the age of eight and beginning to produce trance music at the age of 15 had something to do with the quality of his music. As for Robert’s influences, he simply credits “life” as his sole influence on Facebook.  It’s funny, his tracks resemble that simple word in the most complex way imaginable. For those who have never heard of or listened to Blackmill, it’s never too late to hear new, inventive music.

Disclaimer: These next songs are best experienced with a great pair of headphones and no distractions. Enjoy.


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