Emma ‘Solid’ Blake is a DJ and producer who, originally from Glasgow, now plays a prominent role in the bustling electronic music scene emerging from Copenhagen. Having first appeared as a producer at Glasgow’s highly influential freeform radio station Subcity Radio, after moving to Denmark, Blake quietly built a glowing reputation among the underground techno community in Copenhagen as part of renowned DJ collective Apeiron Crew.
Never one to restrict herself, she’s embarked on a journey as a solo artist, turning her hand to production and adopting the moniker ‘Solid Blake’ – a playful nod to the lead character from video game classic Metal Gear Solid. She continues to build on the style and reputation nurtured by her earlier projects in her solo production work, her own sound dipping regularly into the grittier recesses of techno and electro, with healthy servings of acid.
Solid Blake’s DJ schedule increasingly takes her across Europe and beyond, playing austere, uncompromising techno and authentic electro, often interspersed with grittier, more industrial style tracks. As well as her fluid, seamless DJ sets, her initial forays into live performance of her own original material delivered an intriguing blend of pummelling techno and mangled grime vocals under shared alias Historical Repeater, with Token Records regular Ctrls. The project, with new material on the way, has brought with it the momentum required to take her deeper into the world of live performance.
Her first release came as part of a cult compilation on London imprint Brokntoys in early 2017. Blake followed it up with her debut solo EP release on fledgling label Outer Zone. The ‘Mario’ EP showcases her talent as a producer and features a remix from longstanding mentor and Underground Resistance and Drexciya affiliate DJ Stingray. More recently, Blake contributed ‘Masha’ to Modeselektor’s Modeselektion Vol. 4, performing at the LP’s tour at leading clubs Berghain, Fabric, Robert Johnson and BLITZ Club Munich. A busy summer and autumn 2018 touring schedule included performances in Australia, at Dekmantel Festival, Copenhagen’s Strøm Festival, and Amsterdam Dance Event.
In Autumn 2018, Solid Blake participated in the 20th anniversary edition of Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin.
In November 2018, Solid Blake released the ‘Warp Room’ EP on the recently revived Seilscheibenpfeiler Schallplatten Berlin (SSPB) label. The four-track EP has received widespread support, including from such leading artists as Laurent Garnier (who said the EP was “brilliant”), Randomer, Luke Slater, Nightwave, Marcel Dettmann and The Zenker Brothers.
An increasingly in demand artist, 2019 is set to be an even bigger year for Solid Blake.