The Mad Hatter of Music has done it again! Last night at the 3rd anniversary of Thursday Bliss[Separate article forthcoming], B. Slade who was the guest feature artist, showed up and true to his namesake, the audience was slain. Thursday Bliss is an open mic styled artist showcase that often features the area’s most talented musical acts. It takes place monthly on every 3rd Thursday at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, DC. It is Hosted by Independent Recording artist, Shaun H. Mykals who could not have been more pleased with the turn out, participation and performances of the night. After the celebration B. Slade graciously made himself available for a quick interview which went as follows:
So how do you feel about your performance tonight?
Tonight was much different than the last time I was here. A different type of awareness and being unaware.
All Of us.
Originally Tweet, that’s who I was channeling was Tweet. I don’t know sometimes we think it’s 'goodbye', but it’s really just 'until we have both done the personal work separately and we go to our respective corners and work our sh*t separately before we try to get up and wipe each others’ ass'. That’s why relationships go astray because we want the other person to wash and clean the things we should be taking care of ourselves and that gets exhausting especially between two adults. So not goodbye, but just until we are both in a place to appreciate and respect each other individual pursuits and personal wholeness. You don’t complete me, I complete me.
What can we expect from the 'My September Issue'?
It’s the Quentin Tarantino directed, musical audio book of my catalog. It’s like 'A Brilliant Catastrophe' gamma. It’s like the third sequel. So A Brilliant Catastrophe Alpha, Beta, this would be Gamma it’s just a different title. Anytime there’s a brilliant catastrophe involved you know that it’s something explicit, raw,almost nauseating. When it’s that truthful it can make you uncomfotible
Did you have a lot of uncomfortable moments while recording 'My September Issue'?
Particularly on Six Years Old. I had just got dumped the day that I recorded that song and I was at the height of the pain, so I was trying to figure out what was going on in my 6 year old life that had surfaced in my adulthood, that’s affecting my current relationships. And when I actually researched that year, because my ex boyfriend told me there were attributes about me that reminded him of a 6 year old. And a lot of it had to to do with whenever I felt like I was being abandoned I was very possessive and clingy and I would get panicky because I’d already lost so much that it was like I would throw a tantrum at the thought of someone not being their for me. And now I realize that that had stemmed from childhood. There some issues that I had not dealt with that cause me to be so possessive of my gift, my things, my talent, my friends, my stuff. And now I’m just on my own ya know, I’m on my own two feet and I’m coming into adulthood. And part of that arrested development came from being raised in a bubble. When you’re raised in church, in the church world it’s like the Truman Show ya know, it’s like a world that’s created, but then when you live a real life, you don’t know how it feel to survive in society, because you see society as this one way or one paradigm. So this whole album forced me to grow up. This is the first time I've ever been on my own, dating myself, single; taking in all prospects, men and women you know what I’m saying? I think I still connect emotionally more with men but there’s some women ya know I’m open to whatever ya know. I’m open to talking, but I’m definitely not ready for another relationship. This is the first time I’m okay with just being with me, that’s a first!
Which leads to my next question, What have you learned about yourself that you didn't fully know before in recording 'My September Issue'?
I was very passive aggressive... certain levels of narcissism, I was incredibly self righteous and arrogant in my salvation until I became a civilian and experienced real life and now I see what it feels like to be judged by someone like myself. So I realized that my witness wasn't really that effective because I already thought I had the right of passage calling them heathens when I did the same things that heathens did behind closed doors., but I had that cloak of pseudo righteousness and religion to deflect when those people would point out that realness I would come out with , “Well I got the truth!” OK well if you got the truth then live it. So it humble me. Now I’m peaceable with all men, not just Christians.
What’s your favorite track on 'My September Issue'?
The Transitional Rug
Because my dog Chance was featured in it, barking and Shanice Wilson my favorite vocalist is featured on there.
When is that coming out?
Next year. I’m just glad to be involved. It was truly an honor, she reached out to me so that’s… I’m already good, I’m on velvet.
How many songs did you produce on her album?
We worked on 7 songs, I think 4 made the album, and I was featured on a new version of Ain’t Nobody, an acoustic version. So it’s she and I, I’m very excited. And Rashaan Patterson and I did background on a couple songs on the album too. So imagine that, but her on leads. Oh, and I am also about to get in with Anita Baker and Stephanie Mills.
How is the reality show going?
Going very well actually, I can’t speak on everything right now, but Faith Evans and I are working on a few things together and she’s moved into executive producing in television, and is branching out so we’re in negotiations. I have three different potential reality show projects. One was already in motion, but then the breakup changed the dynamic of that one so we’ll see what happens. One of them will be out this spring, I just don’t know which one, but that’s gonna be perfect for me. That’s all I need is a television show. That’s the last component I needed.
To keep up with B. Slade follow him on Twitter @bslade