Join us for an Audacy Check In with blackbear

Happening right here on Friday, September 17 at 2PMET / 11AMPT

It’s been a whirlwind period in blackbear’s career, but he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

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blackbear joined Audacy’s Julia for an Audacy Check In as they began their conversation recalling his big win at the 2021 MTV VMAs. “It’s so good to finally bring one home and not just be nominated. It feels good,” he says.

blackbear took home the Best Alternative VMA award alongside his pal Machine Gun Kelly for their collab "my exes best friend."

So what did he do when he finally got that VMA in the bag? “We went for a nice Italian dinner in the city,” he said, proving once again why we love him.

Of course, blackbear’s latest EP Misery Lake has been blasting on our speakers pretty much nonstop since it was released in August. “It feels good,” blackbear says of releasing the album. “It’s good to have that kind of release. It was a quarantine EP so it feels good to be kind of out of quarantine and have that album be out in the world. I don’t know how to put it, it just feels good.”

Listening to the EP, it may strike you how personal and in-depth blackbear gets. That’s intentional on his behalf and is something he strives for in his songwriting. “The more I get in there and I really open up my heart, the more I want to put it out and am happy to put it out,” he said.

“I get more stoked on things that are like, ‘oh I really poured my heart into this one.’ That’s what makes a good tweet, that’s what makes a good song, that’s what makes good art.”

After all that he’s accomplished lately, what’s next for blackbear? A return to his roots by making Alternative music.

“My biggest dream in life was not to sell out Fenway Park or to play Wrigley Field, like I just did,” he tells Julia.

“My biggest dream was to sell out House of Blues. Once I did that, I had to make new dreams. I really lived out all my childhood dreams at this point so now it’s time to go back to my roots and make some Alt music. That’s where I’m at right now.”

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