Blankstairs began as a series of all-ages DIY parties spawning from visual artists Nathaniel Young and Warren Mark Way. The events possessed a certain renegade and unhinged energy and, at the time, fulfilled their desire to engage with Portland’s music community.
The events were hosted in art galleries and whatever various alternative spaces were at the two’s disposal at the age of 19. Local visual artists were often presented on the same plane as the musical performances driving the events. In time, the pair found themselves surrounded by friends seeking a suitable platform for their visual and musical output, and thus the label was born.
The first release and compilation in July of 2013 presented a triad of subdued, stoned-out jams and somber ambient music, alongside club constructions of various shapes and sizes. Fast forwarding to the present finds Nathaniel and Warren both based out of New York and continuing to release music that represents the artists that are immediately involved in their lives –– the label being an expression of that which surrounds them.
In celebration of six years of operations Blankstairs is excited to issue a three part compilation featuring work from artists based in both spiritual homes for the label –– Cascadia and New York City, a selection that we feel is an accurate representation from Blankstairs friends and family both near and far.
released January 15, 2019
Illustration by Warren Mark Way & Nathaniel Young
Design + Layout by Nathaniel Young
Mastered by Matt Parent