Blake Lewis, the beatboxer who came in 2nd behind Jordin Sparks on Season 6 of American Idol, has released a cover of White Stripes’ “7 Nation Army.” His version employs all the loops and tech wizardry we’ve come to associate with Blake’s music.
He explains how he produced the track below:
Live from The Playhouse – aka Elliott’s pad. This was done in one take at 2am in the morning. Nick came over, set up some lights, a projector and mapped out the room. He designed the visuals on the spot in Aftereffects and I worked on the loop arrangement. Once we had something that connected we started to film. Doing this live with the visuals was tricky. My timing of the arrangement had to flow smoothly and I couldn’t move around a lot and if you know me well, that is really tough.
This is just the first video of many. My goal for 2014 is to film 2 songs a month. An original song and a looped cover. Please subscribe and share. Thanks for watching! – BL
At one point, Blake announced he had a record deal and was set to release an album in spring 2013. It sounds like he’s on his own at this point. Good luck to him. I always liked his style.
Check it out below: