BLITZ x HYPER JAPAN

We recently visited HYPER JAPAN Summer 2017 at Tobacco Dock. Celebrating Japanese culture and cuisine at it's best! 

From testing out the new NINTENDO SWITCH, to experiencing Chiptune Girl TORIENA play her own tunes using a GameBoy and desktop music (DTM) software (Yeah blew our minds too), to say we had a great time would be an understatement.

If you're a gamer, kawaii culture enthusiast or simply enjoy browsing and trying out new food at Japanese food stalls, HYPER JAPAN is definitely the event for you. See below for what we got up to... Oh and the best bit is, it's on twice a year!

Get your tickets now for >>>  HYPER JAPAN Christmas

BLITZ x STRAWBERRIES & CREEM FESTIVAL

We had an absolute blast at Strawberries & Creem Festival 2017 in Cambridge. Here's a round up of what we got up to. BIG BIG thanks to @strawberriesandcreem and @forever.pr! See below for everyone we saw at the Festival!

@donaeo @ajtrcy @theuglygram @_fabiennesworld @yinkabokinni @jamzsupernova @cardinalsound

 

STAFF PICKS

Meet our babe Guilia!

How long have you been working at BLITZ?

I’ve been working at blitz since April!

What’s your job role?

I’m a BLITZ team member.

What made you choose your fit?

I really like men’s trousers. I feel very comfortable in them and they are very easy to match with a white shirt for example.

Who or what currently inspires you and your style?

A combination between Diane Keaton (young and old) and the new fashion street style influence. I also really like handmade Italian jackets.

Fave pair of kicks right now?

Air max always and forever.

What’s the best thing about shopping vintage?

The best thing is the fact that you can always find unique pieces with a different style. I LOVE big/fun sunglasses and you can always find a unique pair when shopping vintage. Especially the cat-eye shape, my fave!

BLITZ x STRAWBERRIES & CREEM FESTIVAL

What: Strawberries & Creem Festival

Where: Haggis Farm, Cambridge 

When: Saturday 17th June

What’s the deal?

Strawberries & Creem festival started out as a garden party for merely 1,000 people and has now become Cambridge's biggest music festival.

Previous acts have included the likes of Kano, Skepta, Shy FX, Big Narstie and Sir David Rodigan. This year we will be raving with Shaggy, J Hus, AJ Tracey, Dimitri from Paris, Mike Skinner, Jamz Supernova, So Solid Crew plus loads more; we'll be partying till our hearts content!!!

What should I wear?

We've put together a few outfit choices for festival season. Mixing in some of our concessions Homage Tees, RNR shades and our in house reworked vintage brand BLITZ Remix.

www.strawberriesandcreem.com

SHOT BY MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon

STYLED BY MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon & LEANNE BEBBINGTON @_leannejapan

MODELS LAURIE JOSEPH TRISTAM @laurietristram & ELVIRA VEDELAGO @bdblggr

BLITZ X ONENINENINE

We caught up with producer oneninenine for a photoshoot and mini Q&A to discuss influences, how he got started and a glimpse into his "commuting music". If you're around this weekend be sure to listen out to his exclusive playlist for our store.

How did you get started?

I've been playing music my whole life, from a young age I was drumming and then progressed onto further instruments. So i was trying to decide what I specifically wanted to do in music and then about a year and half / 2 years ago I saw people around me making beats and thought I could do it. So I literally just downloaded the software and locked myself away to fully get my teeth into it and then it all just clicked if i'm honest.

What was the last song you listened to?

Kevin Taylor - Waves ft. Tokyo the Producer (which I produced lol)

If you weren’t a Producer what would you be doing?

I would love to push more into directing film.

What made you choose the songs on your playlist for us?

I would listen to it on a regular basis - So I guess you'll get a glimpse of my "commuting" music  

 

 

 

 

Who are your top 5 influences in life/art/music etc?

Hanz Zimmer

A lot of cartoons

Graphic novels

Eva Cassidy

My bros around me.

Do you usually shop vintage?

I would say more charity rather than vintage - go splurge in a BHF or Age UK

Tell us a childhood secret? 

I actually don't think I have any i'm boring i know - I just liked cartoons.

SHOT BY MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon 

STYLED BY MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon & LEANNE BEBBINGTON @_leannejapan

BLITZ x KING KAY

Meet King Kay, North London Rapper and Producer. We recently got together and talked about all his influences to childhood secrets. Listen out in store for his hour playlist including new releases from him and see below for our mini shoot (styled in all BLITZ). 

STYLED & SHOT BY MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon 

 

How did you get started?

I started creating music after opening a packet of cookie crisp cereal and finding a demo version of 'ejay dance studio' which is a production software. Me and my big bro began trying our hand at beat making and I stared writing verses to rap over and ever since then I've just been continuously making music. 

What was the last song you listened to?

Kendrick Lamar - Feel

This song off his new album 'Damn' just shows that you can make amazing music without having to compromise lyrically.

If you weren't an artist what would you be doing?

If I wasn't an artist I'd probably be working a corporate job as an investment banker or something in the city lol. 

What made you choose the songs on your playlist for us?

The songs on the playlist are taken from my latest EP entitled Winner's Winter which was premiered by FADER magazine and was described by MTV as 'the perfect balance between hip hop and soul'. I've been shopping at BLITZ London for years and always have my Shazam app ready because you guys play the smoothest music from many different genres. To have my EP played in store is crazy and I think the chilled out feel of the EP definitely matches the vibe of the store.

Who are your top 5 influences in Art/Life/Music etc?

Lyrically my influences are Jay Z, Kendrick, Biggie, Dot Rotten.

Musically my influences range from Neo soul legends D'Angelo & Lauryn Hill to the jazz legend Kirk Whalum and jodeci producer devante Swing.

Do you usually shop vintage?

All the time! I'm a fan of all things old school (you can tell by my beat selection ) and I just love finding really dope pieces. I remember finding a vintage Versace denim jacket for £40, I was gassed lol. I also love the exclusivity of vintage pieces because the chances of someone else having the exact same item Is quite small. 

Tell us a childhood secret!

I took my dads Rolex watch to school to show off and cracked the face. He doesn't know which one of my siblings did it to this day. Sorry dad

STAFF PICKS

Meet Ricardo!

So how long have you been working at BLITZ?

About 9 months!

What’s your job role at BLITZ?

Sales assistant.

What made you choose these pieces?

I just wanted a pair of jeans and a new shirt haha.

Who or what currently inspires you and your style?

Music and skate culture, always.

Fave pair of kicks right now?

Vans era, you'll never see me in anything else.

What’s the best thing about shopping vintage?

That the clothes are less expensive than the other shops, but you still get something really relevant.

 

BLITZ STAFF PICKS

Meet our BLITZ babe Chloe.  We got her to pick an outfit from our store and here's what she chose!

So how long have you been working at BLITZ?

Around 3 months, well I think - I started when I first moved to London in January.

What’s your job role at BLITZ?

Part of the sales team which also includes flyering - cash me on the corner, how bah dah

What made you choose this piece?

I liked this BLITZ Remix shirt dress because I feel as though it’s a nice laid back and easy piece to throw on with not much else required - especially for going to the park with friends in the summer!

Who or what currently inspires you and your style?

Admittedly, I am pretty unadventurous with how I dress - it’s usually just black, white or grey. However, I do like Jane Birkin’s style - the white shirts and blue jeans.

Fave pair of kicks right now?

Black chunky heeled boots! Pretty much the shoes I live in.

What’s the best thing about shopping vintage?

Finding pieces that are original that you know no one else is likely to own.

Fave thing about working at BLITZ?

Definitely the people!

 

WHITE NEGATIVES x BLITZ

Get to know João Henriques (@whitenegatives) Photographer & DJ. See below for his exclusive mix, Q&A and mini shoot with our gal Maria Pearl (@mariapigeon). 

How did you get started?

I really like music, and I do feel, like many people I believe, that music gives me life and helps me to relax. I wanted to start Dj'ing for quite some time ago, about 2-3 years but never had the opportunity or the equipment. But last year (2016) on my birthday, I finally made the decision and had the money to buy a Dj Controller, so I gifted myself a Dj Controller and a pair of monitors. 

What was the last song you listened to?

The last song that I listened to was Kendrick Lamar - Humble. I have many songs in rotation and I’m always changing the type of music that I’m listening too. I do find myself most of the time listening to new artist on Soundcloud.

If you weren’t a Photographer & DJ what would you be doing?

Before Photography and Music I had a passion for Computers, and I was studying for it. So I think I would be doing that.  

What made you choose the songs on your mix for us?

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to create a mix with different flavours and types of music. Normally with my mix’s I start really slow and then build up the intensity. The fact that this mix was a collaboration with you guys, A brand/shop, I wanted to create a mix with the interpretation of a journey, where it had parts where the costumers could chill or actually dance while they’re shopping if they want to. A mix with different styles put together, to symbolise a journey so it could comprise different types of costumers and their taste.

Who are your top 5 influences in life/art/music etc?

My Grandfather/my Mum. Seeing my close friends doing what they love and being creative, Steve Jobs, Kanye West, Viviane Sassen.

Do you usually shop vintage?

Actually I don’t, but I do intend to start shopping more. You can truly find some gems at Vintage shops.

Tell us a childhood secret?

My childhood nickname is “Ary”.

Listen Here >>> http://bit.ly/2pBkKQ0

 

BLITZ MEETS x ANNABEL

We caught up with presenter and influencer ΛNNΛBEL (@annabelstopit) and asked her to make a playlist of her choice for our store! See below for our Q&A with the mega babe, listen to her playlist and find out why now after visiting BLITZ she'll definitely be shopping vintage. 

Hey Annabel, tell us a little about how you got started?

I originally moved to London to work on my own music, but when it came to submitting a final project for uni, I wasn’t ready to release anything. So instead I launched my own blog where I interviewed other artists about their journey in the industry and it ended up doing quite well. I was lucky enough to get a place on a mentorship programme with Sian Anderson and Julie Adenuga and a few months later, I landed my own radio show - and I’m loving it! But who knows? Maybe one day I’ll drop an album.

What was the last song you listened to?

Get Right Witcha - Migos

If you weren’t a presenter/influencer, what would you be doing?

I’d be a rapper with dreads and gold teeth and I’d probably have no fans.

What made you choose the songs on your playlist for us?

It’s everything I wanna hear while I’m shopping - fresh UK tunes, classic hip-hop joints and a dash of pop. People will be skanking in the changing rooms.

Who are your top 5 influences in life/art/music etc?

I stumble across new inspiration every single day but five people who consistently get me out of bed in the morning (not physically) are Yes Julz, Maya Jama, Julie Adenuga, Caroline SM & Young Thug.

Do you usually shop vintage?

I feel like it’s a whole world I knew nothing about - but now Blitz has shown me the ropes, I’m addicted.

Tell us a childhood secret?

I used to wear matching silk gloves with all of my outfits because I thought I was Lady GaGa… actually, that was quite recently.

Listen here >>> http://spoti.fi/2oeBsHb

BLITZ MEETS x SCOTT QUINN

We recently got together with Scott Quinn, Songwriter and Music Maker. See our Q&A with him below and heres the link to the playlist he put together for our store! >>> http://spoti.fi/2nDCpXk

How did you get started?

I've been playing music for as long as I can remember, and I cut my teeth playing in multiple bands and orchestras growing up. I've been fortunate to have always known that I wanted build a career out of music, but never knew exactly what I'd be doing. For a while I thought I'd write music for film and TV (something I'll definitely explore along the way) but then my solo project took off! I had played in a band for years and thought that might be my break. Not knowing that a project I didat uni would get me my first Radio 1 play as a solo artist.

What was the last song you listened to?

Tom Misch - Crazy Dream

If you weren’t a songwriter what would you be doing?

I like to think of myself a budding entrepreneur and I have a couple of side projects on the go at the moment. So most likely I'd focus more on building business's if I wasn't a musician. Whatever I was doing though, It would no doubt be something creative.

What made you choose the songs on your playlist for us?

All the songs on that playlist are tracks that I'm listening to daily. I take a lot of pleasure in sharing new music/artists with people and there are at least a couple of names on there that people won't have heard of, but should! 

Who are your top 5 influences in life/art/music etc?

A big influence in my writing is human relationships and interaction. Not just soppy love stories but songs challenging how we live our life and whether we're making the most of it. In Life I have vowed to never accept boredom or unhappiness, you'll never find me working a job I don't enjoy.

Do you usually shop vintage?

Shopping vintage is definitly a recent discovery for me but so far it's been great!

Tell us a childhood secret?

I must have been about 10 years old when I did stand up comedy for a talent shown at a Haven holiday park...I've always thought I was funny...shame no one else did!!