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“Blake Jarrell is definitely someone to look out for in the future.”
Blake took John’s remarks seriously and made sure those words would ring true. With talent, determination, and sheer will through even the most testing of times, Blake has become a fully emerged and world renown producer and DJ. At the age of 22, he’s achieved more than most others do in their entire career, but Blake still takes on every day with the same yearning and determination of his first.
Blake’s love for electronic dance music began in New Orleans. At the age of 15, he would sneak into the cities freshest clubs to see such influencing acts as Sasha, Armin Van Buuren, and Sander Kleinenberg. Almost immediately, Blake started making his own contributions to the underground dance music world, firstly in the form of a floaty progressive breakbeat single “Apricot” with former production partner, the late Starkid. From here he helped define the atmospheric and progressive breakbeat movement at the time with singles such as “Destin Beach” and “Okoboji”. His production efforts not only got him acclaim in the dance music community, but academically as well, having received a full scholarship to Loyola University New Orleans College of Music Business.
Just as Blake began to get comfortable, tragedy struck. On August 29th, 2005, Blake’s hometown of New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, leaving his life totally uprooted. This disaster prompted a move to Chicago where Blake quickly immersed himself in the booming house, techno, and trance scenes of the historic city. With this new influence, Blake began to develop his current sound that is undefinable. You can’t call it house. You can’t call it techno. You can’t call it trance. One thing is for sure though, you can count on every major DJ from all areas of electronic dance music to praise and hammer Blake’s work. Armin Van Buuren and Gabriel & Dresden listed Blake as their “Hope for 2007” in DJ Magazine’s Top 100 Poll. Tiesto even stuck Blake in his personal voting ballot. Blake is also getting repeated plays and support by the likes of Pete Tong, Matthew Dekay, Sandra Collins, Paul Oakenfold, Markus Schulz, and many others all across the board for tracks like his remixes of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” (w/ Topher Jones), Anna Nalick’s “Breathe”, the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb”, Blake’s own “Glitter Gun”, and Blake’s Dane Cook sampling “Dood I Just Wanna Dance”.
As the current dance music elite suggest, 2007 is definitely Blake’s year. With an onslaught of new production work and remixes on their way early in the spring, Blake is surely to not only add signifigantly to his already glowing buzz and acclaim, but also to his gig calender and frequent flyer miles.