If you dont know Kristo Blanc, get to know him

Q & A with Kristo Blanc:

Q: Your music has a unique sound. What do you think sets you apart from other artists out there?

A: Well, I like to say I have a high level of appreciation for music and the art of creation. Since I was young I have always studied artists before me to learn the way they think about the world and the way their artistry works for them. From there I feel like I have taken what they have done and molded it into what I believe is my current sound. These two songs being my first singles I feel like I haven’t gotten the chance to fully show what I’m capable of but these first singles are a good showcase of the diversity I wish to embody in my music. Shoutout to my partner in crime, FORM, we work on all of my releases together and there’s a lot of brainpower that goes into the music so big ups to him.

Q: Who are three mainstream rappers you’ve always enjoyed listening to? Doesn’t matter the genre.

A: Kid Cudi. Scott is a savior and a true legend. There’s no artist who has shaped me more than he has so big love his way. Travis Scott is another one. He’s an artist who has a big influence from Kid Cudi and I’ve been listening to him since his jump. His energy is untouchable and the way he can get a crowd going is something special. Andre 3 stacks and Big Boi were a household duo growing up so I’d have to put them up. Their flows, unity as artists and message was always something that stuck out to me. I will always appreciate them for stepping outside the musical boundary and putting their soul into everything they created. We NEED another album, for real.

Q: What led you to music? How did that end up sparking your interest?

A: Ever since I could remember I had a love for music. I could recall always wanting to sing when I was younger and people always told me I had a good voice. I always had an appreciation for the way other artists portrayed themselves in a song and the way they could express the way they felt. I would get bored on car rides and read the inside sleeves of cd’s. I would look at the artwork inside for different people’s names I recognized and different lyrics to songs I knew. I think this is another reason I appreciate music on such an intense level and I’m so primed to pay attention to the details.

Q: Where did you get the name Kristo Blanc from?

A: My birth name is Kaleb Christopher White. Growing up people always spelled my name wrong with a C instead of a K. When I first wanted to become an artist I tried lots of different names and they never really worked out. But Christopher the middle name always seemed to interest me. I figured to avoid the problem of misspelling in the future I would put together my two first names. Kaleb + Christopher then became Kristopher, Kristo for short. The word Blanc has the meaning of white in a few different languages so I figured to keep my name I would change it to Blanc.

Q: The music you put out seems to be very deep…where does it come from internally? Is it from a dark place or a happy place or a little of both?

A: Emotion and real-life experience. All of my music comes from emotion and experience. Whether that be from my own personal, or others I have come to know and observe. The world we live in is a good balance of both darkness and happiness, some in more places than others. Music is an excellent portrayal of both the light and darkness.


Q: What is your goal for your music? Fame, or fortune?

A: Ahhhh…. my goal with music is to simply reach as many people as possible. I would love to tour the world and share my message with all who wish to receive. I think as long as I keep my head in the right mind and make sure to keep my goals in frontal sight; fame and fortune will proceed with it. I got into music with love/passion first and I know it will take me where I need to be as long as I remain passionate.

Q: Are you in college? If so, what’s your major and what do you plan to do with it?

A: I’m currently attending the World Wide Web university. I’m studying a degree in creative artistry and I plan to graduate next fall. I just wanna keep learning and picking up on bits and pieces of things as long as I can. Hahahahaha shoutout to my team and my people for keeping me uplifting and on the right track, much love.

Follow Kristo Blanc on Twitter, Instagram, and SoundCloud.

Addam M. Francisco

Founder & Editor-in-Chief. National Association of Black Journalists. University of Central Oklahoma.

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