Patrick Blinkhorn isn't a household name in the dance music community, but he soon will be. As the new managing editor of Blisspop, one of Washington, D.C.'s premier music blogs which is currently in the midst of a major rebranding, Blinkhorn is curating a team dedicated to putting the music first and preconceived notions of electronic music last.
He's also a producer and DJ in his own right: choosing to go the more cerebral route versus the more pop-leaning trajectory of many of his peers. Consistently making the move against the tide, he's a tastemaker to watch in the months ahead as he continues to shift electronic music back to the underground.
He is our subject for this week's Music Mondays.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? Who are you? What do you do?
I'm from Woodley Park, D.C. I'm a computer science student at Georgetown. In my free time, I'm the Managing Editor at Blisspop and a DJ/Producer under the moniker [of my last name] "Blinkhorn."
The music industry can be a tough environment to break into. Do you feel like being involved in a blog like Blisspop has been helpful in opening up doors for you?
Definitely. With the exception of one person, Max Rewak, everyone I know in the D.C. music scene I've met was through my involvement with Blisspop.
Tell us about how you approach music differently since becoming involved in the "closed door" side of things.
Besides trying out production tips I received from other artists, my approach to making music hasn't changed. Or did you mean my approach to running Blisspop? If you are referring to how I run Blisspop differently, after I revamped the website, I set a very clear set of standards for the Blisspop contributors on everything from writing posts to how to approach interviews. I've made efforts to build camaraderie among the contributors through in-person meetups, and this has helped keep everyone enthusiastic and eager to put forth good content. Besides that, I make sure to stay on top of emails, website maintenance, and the influx of promos we receive daily. I also keep in close contact and meet regularly with Will Eastman, Blisspop's founder.
What goals do you have for the year ahead both personally and professionally?
This coming year, I hope to focus on and do well at school. And I hope to further expand the Blisspop team, our output, and the projects we have in store. Besides that, I'm hoping to put out more music and run a five minute mile before I turn 26.
What tips do you have for young professionals or artists who are interested in becoming involved with the music industry?
Join Blisspop! Go to as many shows as you can and introduce yourself to artists and other music enthusiasts. Knowing people in the scene is the key to breaking into the music industry.
Be sure to check out Patrick Blinkhorn on social media below and scope out his incredible line-up of tracks in his exclusive playlist for Ross Business Management below.