Nicolas Nayaert

Short Bio

Blaede is a Belgian musician, singer and songwriter. Along with some childhood friends, he forms the alternative rock band Auramancer in 2000, performs a few gigs, and records a 4 track demo before putting the band on hold in 2005. In 2007, searching for a more aggressive yet groovy rock style, he forms the stoner rock band the1984, influenced by Alice in Chains, Down and Silverchair. Their first album, 'Room 101', is written, recorded and produced by Blaede at studio Sainte-Marthe in Paris. 'Room 101' is well received by critics and is the catalyst for the1984’s success in playing shows and performing strongly in music competitions all over Belgium. After creative differences in February 2013, Blaede leaves the band to go back to his roots. He revives the Auramancer persona and continues as a solo artist with the participation of professional musicians. Auramancer's first solo album, 'Golconda', comes out on October 1st, 2014 and is influenced by the grunge and alternative scene of the early '90s. Clear references to bands like The Smashing Pumpkins, A Perfect Circle or Queens Of The Stone Age are blended with a modern sound and production. On January 18th 2018, Auramancer releases a new EP titled “The only way to fail...” featuring some of Blaede's best work to date. Almost 18 years after taking his first steps in the scene, Blaede has found his sound, and is ready to take the world by storm!







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is everything to me. It's the reason I get up in the morning. It is my religion. It gives me purpose, it frees me from my anger and fills me with emotions.

What is your music dream?

Open for the Smashing Pumpkins at the "Ancienne Belgique" in Brussels.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would bring down the Stock Exchange.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Pixies - Gigantic

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age), Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, The Cure, Metallica, Machine Head, Deftones...

What inspires you to make music?

I make music because I have to. Once I have a song in my head, it has to come out, I have to record me. It's the only way I can get it out.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I am not trying to send any message with my music. I am trying to generate emotions. If the listener sees a message in my lyrics that appeal to him, it's a bonus.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Playing live on stage (in good conditions) is the best feeling in the world. Once you start playing, everything else disappears, it's just you, the audience and the beauty of Art.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Being an artist has always been difficult. The good thing with the new technologies and social medias is that anyone can now afford to make a decent record without help from a record company. The downside is that it's exactly what everybody does and the competition became insane. There thousands of songs released every year and no matter how good is your song, it's just a drop in the ocean.

What do you think of Drooble?

Looks good so far. I like the Karma points system and the user interface in general. Time will tell if it is useful.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Rock popularity is at its lowest point ever in music history. Now it's all about hip-hop and EDM. For a rock fan and a guitar player like me it's very sad to hear so many people say rock is dead.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I am going to see local bands play as much as I can and I always buy their CD or whatever they have to sell. I also share a lot of what they post on social medias.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

If I knew, I would not be answering these questions right now, I would be enjoying fame and success.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Beware of Darkness, The Throwing Muses, Melissa Auf der Maur, Eagles of Death Metal...