Interview with Blayer Pointdujour

Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore are a band of many musical genres. Their main sound is Hip Hop with a hint of Jazz. Having just released their third album “The Villian” this past week, I got to sit down with Blayer Pointdujour. I had the pleasure of getting some insight on who Blayer is and how the band creates their music!

 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Well, I’m Blayer, I have had a band in Philly for about 4 years. We play a mix of Hip Hop, Reggae, Soul Music, and Funk!

 

How did you get into making music?

I come from a very musical family. My older brother played guitar, my other brother  was a rapper, and my sister was a singer. I kind of picked up on it and wanted to be a part of it.

 

How long have you personally been playing music?

I have been playing music since the 4th grade. I started out on Jazz Trumpet. I learned base guitar and drums in 8th grade… I learned guitar and then piano in college.. I’ve been picking things up along the way.

 

Who are you’re biggest influences?

I like a lot of Kanye West, I like the way he approaches music. I like a producer called Alchemist. I started in Jazz… I am really big into Afro Cuban music and all your standard Jazz people.

 

How does it feel to have an album out?

It feels good. Definitely a lot of hard work, it takes time. It’s always good to finish it up.

 

How did your first album come together?

It was kind of like a three year process. Pretty much every song from the EP is on the album. In 2009 I started writing demos. So when the EP came out, I kept writing. There was a point when we had a lot of good fast dance songs, then I started writing slower songs to sort of contrast the album and have different songs to put together. We recorded that in North Philly at a real small studio where we did the drums. We then took those files and went to my friends apartment, did it piece by piece, added in drums… trumpet. It was a two week process. After that was all done we took it to MilkBoy Philly and that is where it was mixed and mastered by Tommy Joyner (Founder of MilkBoy). As for the new album, I made it in my own studio over the course of a year.

 

I noticed you guys have a large amount of musical influences listed, how does this impact your music?

I personally listen to a ton of different stuff. My drummer and I wanted to make music drummers would like basically. We used all those genres where the drummer is the star. With every song we write we start with a good drumbeat and baseline first. Those kinds of genres would be Reggae and Hip Hop. Then I play my idea for the band and everyone else piles in what they want.

 

How many people are in the band?

At one show we had 11…

 

What does that mean, at one show?

Well when we are on the road it will be 5 people basically, but when we are playing Philly everyone is around here so they can come!  When it comes to recordings and stuff, everyone will play but when we go out and play, not everyone can come… it’s just not economical.

 

How does your band collaborate to make music with so many people?

The way it works is I will make a demo in my own studio, I will compose a song and then write my lyrics. I’ll give it to the band and we will jam on it and they will put in their input and different things to add to the songs. We see what works and see what doesn’t, then it starts to take shape.

 

Can you talk a bit about “Gunz of Philly“?

Gunz of Philly” was one of the first songs I wrote back in ’09. The main music part was from a song “Guns of Navarone” by the Skatalites. We rerecorded the music and put it together. The lyrics are sort of my ode to Philly.

 

What is your favorite venue to play in Philly?

Probably the Troc, last year we played with GZA and Killer Mike, that was awesome. Starlight Ballroom is pretty cool to, but I think the Troc sounds the best.

 

Be sure to be on the look out for Blayer Pointdujour & The Rockers Galore  around Philadelphia in the upcoming future. They will be at Johnny Brenda’s on August 3rd and playing Second Street Festival on the 4th. In September they will be departing to tour New York and possibly Boston.

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