Blackburner's Skyla Talon Gets Digital with Us!

BLACKBURNER, a bold new force in electronic music masterminded by multi-talented producer/musician Skyla Talon. Since it's creation Blackburner has never looked back upon what they have done or how things went down they just looked ahead to the bigger, brighter, and better future. Now everything is open ready to be engulfed ever so further, Skyla Talon discusses Blackburner in every way, shape, and form possible....

1. Where are you from?

Skyla: Los Angeles, CA.

2. How did you come together?

Skyla: Actually the two of us met at a house party.  A week later we were sending each other ideas. It developed from there. Blackburner was born.

3. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Skyla: Blackburner actually started out as being called Backburner because electronic music was always put on the “backburner”.  That name was too boring.  The songs we were writing at the time were really dark so it was an easy decision to add ”black” to the name.

4. Can you tell me about the whole bunny set up costume, masks, what’s that all about? Did those masks cost a lot of money to buy or make?

Skyla: We got the idea for the bunny masks from the logo a friend of ours made for us. We were like wouldn't it be crazy if we could look like this evil bunny logo. So initially we played out in gas masks with bunny ears and shortly after we met with this movie FX guy and designed these more alien looking bunny masks.

5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Skyla: We come from a Rock/Metal background but I think it’s been our openness to a variety of genres that’s made us more creative. We listen to almost anything.

6. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Skyla: It depends on our mood.  If you listen to our albums you can kind of get an idea how we feel at that moment. We tend to jump around on emotions.  The message on our new album is appropriately the title “Drop Bass Not Bombs.”

7. What made you guys decide to form a band?

Skyla: That was never the idea at first. We released a few songs online and the reaction was amazing. The amount of downloads from iTunes easily pushed us in the direction to take this live and start Blackburner.

8. What equipment do you guys use when it comes to your showcase set-ups?

Skyla: Lately it’s been some Pioneer CDJ’s and DJM-900 mixer.  If we are doing more than just a DJ set then we will run a couple guitars direct and maybe hook up a couple Theremins for fun.

9. What is the Beatport charts?

Skyla: is the world's largest DJ and electronic music community. Charting on there is an honor. There are so many great artists on that site. We spend a lot of time on that site.

10. You have a song called "Anxiety" do you personally have to deal with anxiety?

Skyla: Tons! Way too much which is why we stay intoxicated a lot of the time.  Anxiety seems to be getting more common for people these days.  At least that’s what we keep telling ourselves so we seem sane.

11. On the "Drop Bass Not Bombs" album cover you have several characters pop up including My Little Pony Friendship is Magic's character DJ Pon-3 - are you a fan of the My Little Pony series and is DJ Pon-3 your favorite pony?

Skyla: Of course …haha. That album was some fan art and it wasn't till recently we knew who that was. We love it!

12. How does the EP "In Love with the City" and "Drop Bass Not Bombs" differ and compare to one another?

Skyla: “In Love With the City” was one of our singles off our second album “Planet Earth Attack”. We had some friends remix it and the versions came out so great we decided to release the EP featuring these artists.

13. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album?

Skyla: With “Drop Bass Not Bombs” we go back to the big drops and energy of our debut album “Feel the Burn.”

14. Did the band have any definitive goals they were shooting for before the recording process began for this album?

Skyla: We never seem to have any kind of game plan.  One thing for sure we wanted to do was to raise the energy on this release.

15. Are you using any new instrumentation you've never used in the recording process before?

Skyla: We have a few top secret things we do. Sometimes we will throw in some crazy samples we make. One thing that we like doing but definitely isn't new is putting some electric guitar on the album somewhere.

16. When did you start writing for this album? How was the songwriting process different/similar to previous Blackburner albums?

Skyla: Well some of these tracks were from the last album but they didn't fit the feel of the “Planet Earth Attack”. We are constantly writing and throwing out ideas to each other. Our song writing process has seemed rather consistent throughout.

17. What are your expectations for the CD?

Skyla: Sell millions and tour nonstop!

18. What are your upcoming touring and show plans?

Skyla: Our next show is April 6th in Philadelphia. We are currently booking some summer dates and are looking to get on the road for a good length of time.

19. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Skyla: The one thing we do know is we WILL be in your future. We are always up to something.

20. Is that your final answer?

Skyla: Yes, we feel very confident. That is our final answer.

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