Citizenn is the moniker of London (via Nottingham) based artist Laurence Blake. Taking his name from a passing visual reference in the Manga film Akira Citizenn originally arrived via releases on MadTech, the label owned by New Jersey house don Kerri Chandler.
Within a year, after singles on Waze & Odyssey’s Street Tracks, as well as on the label extension of Love Fever, his favourite underground party, Citizenn had been named DJ Magazine’s Breakthrough DJ of 2013.
As the musical journey continued, 6 am stints at Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar and a globe-trotting diary taking him from Japan to Kiev and everywhere in between, he distilled all these new experiences into his debut LP on Damian Lazarus’s ever-influential Crosstown Rebels imprint. The album entitled ‘Human Interface’ dealt with themes of human intersectionality with our mechanical counterparts through a tapestry of the tightly wound house and techno influenced tracks, the records receiving national radio play and praise from his peers. Citizenn has been a mainstay at popular Ibiza hotspots such as DC10 and Sankeys for the quickly growing Abode brand of which he has also released with.
Citizenn has found a clarity of vision within the circus that is life as a successful musician.