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by Amir Hussan & Aneta Tadeusiak
They're an up-and-coming collective of ten 16-year-old MCs and DJs. They've been friends for five years, and have already enjoyed underground success with a limited edition release of "Standard Flow". Favoured by many of their peers, among them the Dreem Teem, Blazin' Squad are on the verge of a huge chart hit with their official debut release "Crossroads", a cover of the 1996 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony classic. Their unique musical style has given rise to comparisons with the So Solid Crew - not to mention that they both have several members!
UKMIX was lucky enough to meet five of the group to find out more about them.
UKMIX: To begin with, how would each of you describe yourselves in one
UKMIX: OK, so there are ten of you in total. Do you really think you
need ten members?
UKMIX: Who's the "boss" then? Or is there more than one leader in the
UKMIX: Your GCSE results are published on the same week as the release
of your single. Which result are you looking forward to the most, the
single's chart position or your GCSE results?
UKMIX: Your first single "Crossroads" is an R&B classic. Are you
nervous of how your version will be received?
UKMIX: So that's the first single from your album. What will the rest
of your material be like? Have you done any other covers?
UKMIX: People have compared you to the likes of the So Solid Crew and
the More Fire Crew... is that a fair comparison?
UKMIX: Speaking of the So Solid Crew, a few of them have broken off and
done solo projects like Asher D, Harvey and Romeo. If the opportunity
came up for some of you to do solo work, would you be interested?
UKMIX: If you weren't in music, what would you like to be doing?
UKMIX: Obviously you're not a manufactured group. What advantages do
you think this gives you over manufactured ones?
UKMIX: So what do you think of Pop Idol? Is it good for British music?
UKMIX: OK, it's not your kind of thing. So what is your thing, what
songs do you like at the moment?
UKMIX: Which artists inspire you the most?
UKMIX: And which artists would you like to work with?
UKMIX: Slightly controversial question now. A lot of young people like
yourselves try to start out in music by messing around with their CDs
and creating samples on their computers. Would you mind if your record
company released your CDs in a restricted format so your fans wouldn't
be able to do this sort of thing?
UKMIX: What's the best thing about being in Blazin' Squad?
UKMIX: Try and picture yourself in a year's time. What do you see for
UKMIX: Do you think you'll manage to break other markets?
UKMIX: Good luck guys!
"Crossroads" is released on 19th August on EastWest Records.