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Conversations with Blake Fontinel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blake Fontinel.

Hi Blake, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Being surrounded by music my whole life, I knew from a young age that this is what I wanted to do. I played in bands throughout high school, I wrote songs and found a deep love for performing and communicating with people about topics we all can relate to. After much reflection and advice from people I trust, I decided not to go to college and instead pursue a career in music. While a decision like that isn’t for everyone, it was the right one for me. I dove headfirst into setting goals, practicing, writing, singing, playing and sharing online. It was and is difficult and sometimes lonely work.

Within my first year, I gained over 10 thousand followers on Instagram, @blakesmusic, and released my debut single, “Rewind” in February, 2021. Today, 3 singles later, I’m still hard at work continuing to grow and connect to my audience. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented people both in and out the music industry and I’m excited to see where this crazy dream will take me.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve been blessed to have very supportive friends and family. With that said, one of the biggest struggles has been building a brand and career from scratch. While information about creating an entertainment career exists, the challenge really comes in the form of networking with the right people who believe in your art and dream. No one builds a career like this alone and putting that team of people together take time and patience.. When I do find members of the team that fit it is a special moment. Although it remain a goal, I’ve never had a label or a manager. Also, and this is true for every artist not born into the entertainment world, finances can also be a challenge. And so I’ve had to do side hustles while staying singularly focused on my craft.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
For my day job, I’m a professional filmmaker and video editor. I’ve done weddings, commercials, video podcasts, web shows, vlogs, music videos, and product videos. It’s a skill that really comes in handy on social media! I’m really proud anytime I can help an individual or a business succeed online by delivering professional looking videos. I try my best to create the same result you’d expect from a big production company.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The importance of establishing yourself as more than just a recording artist will continue to grow. Social media is forcing artists to become way more personal with their fans. You can’t just be a singer/songwriter anymore. People want to see you and your personality! People want to go on the journey with you.

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Kylie Shaw Williams
Mat Matlack

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