Originally hatched in Montreal, but currently based in London, DJ’s Anstascia and Vivie-Ann have established their love child globally by proving that they don’t fit the quintessential stereotype. Fueled by their sharp taste-maker instincts and technical flair, Blond:ish has not only charmed the industry masses but set themselves to release on some of the most notable labels around.
In the last few years, Blond:ish has carved out a unique production recipe which focuses on the art of creating music that is organic and multi-dimensional. Provocative basslines contrasted with smooth textures and sticky vocals that blend into a genre of house that rebels against being pigeonholed to any specific category.
2012 releases include their psychedelic influenced ‘Lovers In Limbo’ EP out on Kompakt mid April inspired by Blond:ish’s curiosity of the late 60’s musical movement, as well as a determined release schedule for Noir Music, NM2, Get Physical.
Blond:ish’s innovative and quirky reputation wasn’t grown on a tree but materialized in the dark trenches of Cherry nightclub in Montreal. Anyone that has attended their parties can attest that there is something very special about this underground midweek mangle. It’s the winning formula of diverse freaks, organized chaos and Blond:ish’s genre defying sets that has them still holding their monthly residency since 2008.
This duo rides off each other’s hefty musical knowledge and flawless technique with their diverse personas only adding to the intrigue. Anstascia’s unruly demeanor and creative spark spirals against Vivie-Ann’s scientific and geek-chic flair in a whirlwind of inspiration and contrast. The result is a force to be reckoned with, a vibe that effortlessly transcends in the studio, behind the booth and more than anything, to the dancefloor.
- BAHRAMJI, singer of Iranian Kurdish origin, with a superb, mystical oriental voice, also player of the santoor (Iranian instrument with metal strings struck with hammers), the setâr (Iranian instrument with three strings) and the Ney flute (Persian)
Bahram was born in 1952 in the Kurdish city of Kermanshah in Persia.As a child he heard the ancient Sufi melodies, which are the inspiration for his music today. At the age of 13 he learned to play the Santoor and started to perform at several places in his hometown.
In 1977 he left Persia, studied and travelled in India and later on in Europe. Through playing whirling music for wanderers from different cultures, his style has changed from the traditional approach to his own. He melts old songs into a new form, creating a meditative
sphere, to uplift body and soul. Bahram’s instrument is the Persian Santoor, a traditional string instrument, which is said to create the sound of emptiness. Besides the Santoor, he started to play the Persian Settar and the Ney; a Persian bamboo flute. He also started to sing songs using the words of mystical poets like Rumi.
His first album “Sama” was released in 1997 in Holland. After living and performing in India for a long period, he discovered the island of Ibiza in Spain in 2003. There he met many other musicians, DJ’s and producers who inspired him to change his style.
In 2004 he made the album “Call of the Mystic” together with different musicians in an ethno/ambient style. The past 3 years he has been playing and recording in Ibiza during summer and spending the winters in India, performing, recording and getting inspired by Indian and other musicians.
His music is a special combination between the ancient and traditional, connecting with the modern and technical Most of the lyrics of his songs are based on Rumi’s and other mystical poetry, the tracks carry an urban vibe rooted in meditation.
Fusion is the word to describe this music, but actually a new word needs to be found, because he has taken it to a whole new level. It has the energy to carry a power flow. The length of the songs allows a deep, slow driving bass line to hypnotize you as melodic Santoor and other instruments carry you to other places. Yet this is not meditation music, it has incredible energy. Bahramji and friends have made not only a great listening experience but also have created something magical.
BAHRAMJI + BLOND:ISH
BLOND:ISH discovered Bahramji in 2014 at a tantra festival in Ibiza when he was performing during a sound meditation. Bahramji has had many accomplishments, including spending over 30 years in India as OSHO’s personal musician. His mesmerizing voice and santoor wizardry can be heard throughout Blond:ish's new album Welcome to the Present.