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I interviewed singer, producer and pianist Black Atlass for Mass Appeal.
As much as you might be quick to write Alex Fleming aka Black Atlass off as just another pretty face doing an R&B sound that’s so hot right now, there are deep permeating layers to the modelesque 20-year-old’s music.
After posting demos online and touring only a few months, Fleming’s music (and looks) caught the attention of Marc Jacobs, who used his single, “Paris” to score a film celebrating his Louis Vuitton exhibit at the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs. From Saint Laurent, Christian Dior and Kris Van Assche, the fashion world fell hard for the singer, which lead to a record deal with Fool’s Gold.
Last month Black Atlass released a five-track collection of distorted tugs on your heartstrings titled Young Bloods. Though cloaked in a high fashion aesthetic, there’s a pureness to Fleming’s deep billowy cuts. His sound is built on more than neo-soul underpinnings; timeless piano keystrokes meld effortlessly with textural bass and sultry vocals that are just begging to be broken free.
Wise beyond his years, Fleming exercises a great amount of restraint in both his music and his approach to the creative process lending to a signature sound that’s sexy and dark without being overdone. Drunk off his concoction of R&B, soul, and something we can’t say we’ve ever tasted before, Mass Appeal profiles the young singer, producer and pianist to find out what makes him tick. He talks influences, hip hop, his love of Kanye West and more. Get involved. Read my interview after the jump, or over at Mass Appeal.