Five Years of Blogging!!!!!


My blog is five years old!
5 years. 232 blog articles.
And plenty more to come!
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New Music: An Update!

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Hello! Hello! Hello!

Since I’ve been dropping videos and updates all over the place for the past wee while about new music and all that, I thought I’d bring everything together in this lil’ blog post!

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I’ve worked in music for a long, long, long time and after a break from DJing and songwriting and producing, I finally got back into having fun writing and producing for myself and now have a small collection almost ready to share with the world!

My sound will be a blend of genres, influenced by artists and bands and sounds that I hold dear and love, and will be my own self-produced and self-written tracks, featuring yours truly on vocals, piano, saxophone and more!

I’m quite proud to officially say that my music will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and other places where good music can be found very, very soon!

Things will be kicking off with one of the tracks as featured in these short promo videos that I’ve pulled from my Instagram feed and that feature in various posts on my blog!

I’ll be posting more info on this track- the release date, the name and artwork, and where and when to listen to it in full over the next few weeks and months!

I’m having some fun with it and hope to get some support and feedback along the way, so please share, like, retweet and comment!

Keep up to date with me on Instagram and Twitter and of course, here on my blog!

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Another Lil’ Preview…

New Music From John McBlain

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Here’s another little preview of some new music!

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New Music Coming Soon!

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Well. This is exciting!

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2016 A Year In Photographs

❤ My final blog of 2016! ❤

We had some good times…

With some good people…

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QUEENS!

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Now THAT is what you call a show!!!

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Hosted by Michelle Visage and starring Courtney Act, Sharon Needles, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Katya, Pandora Boxx and Adore Delano, RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of The Seasons was the Ultimate All Stars Drag Race!

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Every Queen was on point: Courtney’s ‘Wings’ from season 6, Sharon’s solo spookiness, Jinkx’s vaudeville charade, Violet’s mesmerizing burlesque, Pandora’s kitchy comedy, Adore’s stunning vocals and Katya’s fucking brilliant Titanic performance art piece sung in Russian… Snatch Game, Rocky Horror, Michelle Visage singing Madonna’s Take A Bow… The entire thing was a masterstroke of genius!

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I can’t WAIT to see who is on the line up for next year!

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Christmas Queens

Oh Christmas Queens…
Oh Christmas Queens…
How lovely are your baubles!

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Christmas Queens rocked up into the O2 Academy in Glasgow on Dedember 3rd as part of the UK leg of the tour.
Featuring Michelle Visage, Katya, Detoxx, Alaska, Manila Luzon and Phi Phi O’Hara in a festive themed evening of decadence, humor and fuckery, the entire show was as bizarre and brilliant as anyone could imagine! Showcasing the recent Christmas Queens 2 album (available on iTunes…) The cast on the Glasgow gig were hilariously brilliantand kudos to Katya, Detoxx and Alaska for their unexpected performance of Read U Wrote U from the All Stars 2 finale!

Michelle Visage singing O Holy Night was a lighters in the air (or iPhone flashlight in the air for the shady fuckers) moment that brought the evening to a poignant could-actually-hear-a-pin-drop for a few moments segment. She really is a fantastic singer with a brilliant voice.

It was all Queens together as the night ended with a group sing a long to Auld Lang Syne!

And check out the utterly amazing Katya at the end of We Wish You A Merry Christmas! I cannot wait to see her live in Glasgow next year at AXM! She’s an absolute All Star in my eyes!

I hope a Christmas Queens Tour becomes an annual tradition!

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John McBlain: Master of Arts

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John McBlain
Master of Arts
Music Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Having studied music at undergraduate and postgraduate level before this degree, and having worked in the creative and educational industries for all of my professional career, I started the postgraduate course at UWS way back in 2012 when a burst appendix and a mini stroke derailed my graduation back when I finished studying!

Fast forward to 2016 and Ive FINALLY graduated my my Masters Degree from University of the West of Scotland in Music Innovation and Entrepreneurship and I’m so happy and pleased and proud of myself!

A congratulations from Zane Lowe was awesome!

As was a congratulations from Colby Keller!

Onwards and further upwards I go!

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Mø

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There’s no denying that Mø has been one of the breakthrough vocalists and songwriters of the past few years. The voice of the most streamed track ever on Major Lazer’s massive worldwide smash hit Lean On showcased her impressive repertoire from debut album No Mythologies and also the huge songs she’s been part of and much more.

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The Danish artist’s vocals are extraordinary- Mø has a truly unique tone and quality that I personally adore and her ethereal and piercing voice lends itself flawlessly to the sleek, cool electropop music that she creates.

Mø had the sold out crown in the palm of her had with every note and word and move and all eyes were on her as she stalked the space between her three piece band with her loose limbed and non stop choreography.

With a new album on the horizon, it was impressive to see and hear Mø’s music played live. I’ve followed her and listened to her music for some time now and was thoroughly impressed at how well the somewhat cool and clinical electropop translated into a live situation.

Closing the gig on the summer hit Final Song would have been to obvious a choice, instead going for her signature anthem, Lean On, where she was elevated by the crowd, doing some fairly impressive yoga style moves!

I’m looking forward to hearing more from Mø in the future!

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