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Glendale, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Glendale, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
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"Meet Yousef Bassirpour of Big Blind in Atwater"

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yousef Bassirpour.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My interest in music started when I was in middle school. I started playing guitar and by high school, I had started singing and then playing drums. Although I was in the high school jazz band, I was always far more interested in songwriting. I was in a few bands in high school as well as in my early 20’s (Astrochasm and TUFŌN). I went through phases with every genre imaginable (grunge, prog metal, math rock, post-hardcore, etc.).

Although I wrote songs in most of the bands I was in, I was never the sole songwriter in anything. The first time I did music that was 100% my own was in my current project Big Blind. About two years ago, I started writing songs on my own using nothing but my laptop and my guitar. I had never done electronic music before, but I was really into the idea. I had been listening to a lot of Industrial and Darkwave music so I felt it was time to take a crack at it.

In addition to the electronic element, I wanted to incorporate influences from my culture. Being half Iranian, I had always had a deep love for traditional Middle Eastern music and I wanted the music in this project to reflect that. Thus Big Blind ultimately became an amalgamation of Rock, Electronic and Middle Eastern sounds.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I don’t think it’s easy for any artist. There are so many different bases you have to cover as a working musician and it can get really draining.

Back when I was in my band TUFŌN it was a tough just to book gigs. We were playing Prog-Punk music while most venues were booking Indie Rock and Surf Punk bands.

With my current project Big Blind I have faced similar challenges. I’ve struggled to have faith that there is an audience for my music out there despite the fact that there’s no precedent for it. The music I’m doing is a little too heavy for electronic audiences, a little too dancy for metal audiences and a little too foreign for people that don’t like World music. Nevertheless, I have found a niche both online and with people in LA and I’m excited to see it expand.

Please tell us about Big Blind.
I just released my first EP last month. It’s called ‘Besa’ and you can hear it on all streaming services.

I guess I’ll say that I’m inspired by a lot of good art. There have been times in my life where I really wanted to die (the feeling still comes up once in a while). If it wasn’t for other people’s art, I might not have survived those periods of time. If it wasn’t for the desire to create my own art, I wouldn’t have been able to pull myself out of that headspace.

I want to give people the same things that I’ve received from artists like Björk, Neil Gaiman, Fugazi, David Fincher, Jeff Buckley, Jeph Loeb, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, David Simon, King Woman, Warren Ellis, Tool, etc.

I try to be as honest as possible in my work and let my feelings guide my decisions. The more cathartic I am the better I can connect with other people (both in music and in my personal life).

The greatest joy I get is from people telling me that they like my music. I know that’s rather obvious, but I think it’s really important for me because my songs are very personal. If someone gets something out of them, it means I’ve effectively communicated what I set out to communicate.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t regret anything. Everything is where it should be. - Voyage LA


"Feel Cool and Collected With Big Blind's "Bãrãn""

Big Blind consists of solo artist Yousef Bassirpour, here to bring a luscious yet somber sound to listeners alike. Big Blind has the goal in mind of combining traditional Middle Eastern music with the modern stylings of the Western World today. Big Blind has already released his 5-track EP, titled "Besa". The EP opens up the integrative stylings of Big Blind, establishing the essence of his sound well. Looking at his most recent work, Big Blind has released another contemporary track, filled with many intricacies that define the eccentrics of Big Blind. "Bãrãn" is the latest offering from Post-Rock band Big Blind. The track itself sees tons of prominent and heavy instrumentals, such as strong performance of guitar riffs, as well as aggressive drums.


Their echoing effect maintained throughout the track gives it an atmospheric touch. Once this is combined with the striking vocalism, the product becomes very balanced, hitting almost an equilibrium in sound. "Bãrãn" will take you on a true adventure with its centripetal effect, allowing listeners to feel a variety of emotions with each sound we're introduced with. We appreciate "Bãrãn" mainly for its composed style, and how harmonious the entire track comes to be. From a lyrical standpoint, "Bãrãn" holds a melancholic essence, taking listeners on an impactful journey. You can always count on Big Blind to bring a thoughtful and misty sounding!

Hey there, Big Blind! Thanks for coming to BuzzMusic, and congratulations on the release of "Bãrãn"! Can you walk us through your vision for this track, and more specifically, the kind of message you wanted to relay to listeners?

Bārān is a song that I wrote two years ago. It was inspired by Sufi music. The song has two meanings. The first is about being obsessed with controlling things and learning to step aside and let the universe take over. The second one is about the people of Iran and hoping that something will come along and be a catalyst for change (both regime change and societal change). The lyrics are half Farsi and half English.


Your music is known to contain an integrative effect, featuring a surplus of soundings that stimulate listeners. Where do you get the inspiration to create the production of tracks such as "Bãrãn"?

I listen to a lot of different music. When I started writing Bārān (and the other songs on my EP) I was enamored with the idea of mixing 80's Darkwave synths with Industrial drums and Doom Metal guitars. At the time I was also listening to a lot of traditional Iranian music and Lebanese Dabke. Bārān was the culmination of that dream; it has a dark synth, big tribal drums, a heavy bridge and melodies inspired by Iranian music.


As a singer/songwriter, how do you go about the process of creating a new track?

Most of my ideas start in my head. I'm a drummer so beats come to mind out of nowhere. Most of them are just forgettable motifs, but once in a while something will stand out and I'll jump on it and say 'this is a song'. From there I'll either go to my computer and re-create the beat or go to my guitar and come up with a part. At that point, I'll start singing stuff until a melody comes along that feels right for it. The lyrics...take forever. Bārān really transformed over time. Initially, it was just going to be a dancy song with a Middle Eastern vocal, but soon other elements came along that I never foresaw: the heavy chorus, the bridge with the prog rhythm, the double-time outro with twinkly synths, etc. Jason Lowrie (the man responsible for all of the mixing and vocal production) and Jared Hirshland (the man behind the mastering) really played a big role in giving the song its dynamics as well.


When you were in the curating stages of "Bãrãn", did you feel that you maintained the same vision from start to finish?

The EP that I just released (Besa) was really my first venture into Electronic music. I've always been an analog musician; I've played everything from Jazz to Post-Hardcore. Making Industrial music is an entirely different venture and I hope to learn more as I go forward. I want to find more sounds to incorporate into the music and explore all the different styles that I've dreamt of exploring. I also want to stay on my path and make sure that I don't veer from it. I think it's really easy to slip into making pop music or something that will get you a bit more attention. I want to keep making Middle Eastern / Industrial / Darkwave / Post-Rock for as long as I can.


What are some of the bigger goals you hold as an Industrial/Post-Rock artist? It was great to have you here to chat about the release of "Bãrãn"! Where do you think the music world will take you and your artistry next?

Thank you! I honestly can't even begin to speculate about that. All I can say is that I hope it takes me beyond the borders of this country as I would really like to tour the world. I've always seen this project as being something international and I'm doing everything I can to take it to that level. - Buzz Music LA


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Big Blind - Besa 

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Big Blind is the Industrial / Post-Rock project of Los Angeles native Yousef Bassirpour. Being of half Iranian and half Irish descent, Yousef has always looked towards his heritage for inspiration in his music. 
Influenced by the likes of Björk, Chelsea Wolfe and Depeche Mode, Big Blind bridges the gap between traditional Middle Eastern and contemporary Western music. 
His most recent release "Besa' is a 5-song EP that was mixed by Jason Lowrie and mastered by Jared Hirshland (the lyrics of which are mostly English and occasionally Farsi). 

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