Interview: Eastern European rapper $auce Blanc

Hello everyone, when we went to take behind the scenes photos of filming $auce Blanc’s new music video, i thought what’s the deal with him and i believe many of us have the same question. So, we sat down with him and asked couple of questions! Sit back, relax and enjoy the first ever interview with $auce Blanc!

First things first – who are you?

Ay yo what’s up my name is $auce Blanc and I’m an Eastern European rapper from Estonia.

Where are you from and where did your name come from?

I’m originally from Germany. I was born and raised up in the southern part of Germany where I lived for almost 9 years until our family dediced to move to Estonia. My mother is from Estonia and that’s pretty much how I ended up moving out here since she started missing her home country a lot. My parents said it was hard for me and my sister to adapt at first point but I’m not sure I’d remember much of it since it happened 15 years ago.

My artist name has a bit of a weird but funny story with multiple different meanings. After taking a look on the world map you can see that Germany & France are neighbours. I’ve always been a fan of French people, the country & the culture. That’s one reason why I chose the French word “Blanc” to be in my artist name which means “white” in english. My favorite clothes are mostly white – that’s why. I added “Sauce” to my name because I felt like I’ve always got a fresh style no matter where I go. So my artist name is pretty much influenced by the drip. A couple weeks after choosing my artist name I realized that the short version of my name “$B” also fits the extreme sport scene where most of my friends come from. At this point “$B” means Skateboard which is a part of the scene.

We see that you have dropped your music video couple days ago, the video is amazing man, how long did it take you to film it?

Yesssirski. We filmed this video within two days and I’d say it was a whole vibe. Catsoup aka Kassu Pàlen is the GOAT. I’ve never had a video this nice – which means I can’t wait to work with him again. My fella got mad skills with that filming part, editing & them transitions.
I’d also like to thank my brothers Marko, Yuki & Tix for the company that day. We got hella smoove pictures and behind the scenes clips.

When and how you came to a conclusion that you are gonna be a rapper? Who inspired you back then and who now?

Oh yes, this question is nuts. I’ve been thinking about this a lot. Just a couple weeks ago I figured out that if I didn’t move to Estonia I would probably not be making music right now. I grew up listening to a lot of 80s & 90s songs because my parents loved this kind of music.
One of my long time friends from elementary school (s/o Karl-Henri Akimov) got me into rap music at first point as I moved to Estonia. This was the moment where I knew I’ll be blasting this type of music til I die. I was pretty much the person to always find some fresh new releases
that I used to send out to all my rap-music loving friends until this one moment where I didn’t really find anything new and decided to make a song by myself. I was always trying to freestyle over all kind of beats which inspired me to take it more seriously and actually make something
for the world to hear. 2017 was the year when I copped myself a Rode NT1-A microphone and recorded my first ever song “Foreign Exploring”. Back then I mainly used to listen to a lot of Famous Dex, Rich The Kid, Young Dolph, Key Glock, 2Chainz, Gucci Mane & Oliver Francis. These artists inspired me a lot these past years but nowadays I’ve been just listening to a lot of different music such as Indie, RnB, Jazz & Rock’n’Roll. It’s weird to think that you could get inspired by a Rock’n’Roll jam while writing your rap song, but nothing is impossible.

Would you rather get stoned or get drunk?

I’d get stoned 100%. Getting drunk has got me into more trouble than smoking ever will. Roll it up, light it up, smoke it up – INHALE & EXHALE! These fellas should legalize it already.. Our whole country could be fixed up within a couple weeks from that profit they could make.

What kind of music do you listen on a daily basis?

On a daily basis I listen to a lot of rap, RnB, jazz, rock’n’roll & indie music. Since I’m a rapper myself I’d still choose rap music over everything else as my favorite genre. Right now at this point I’ve been listening to a lot of JayDaYoungan, Rizzoo Rizzoo & Comethazine. I think these 3 names are currently my most played artists. I’d also suggest people to listen to Dee Watkins, Yungen Ace, Polo G and Don Toliver.

What is your dream?

Well this one is kind of hard to tell.. I’ve been thinking about it a lot and honestly deep down I’d be satisfied enough with my life if I could earn my living from just music. Also it’d be a goal if me and my squad wouldn’t have to worry about a thing and that everything
works out the way we plan it. Me and my bruddas gotta eat. Lot they don’t know I’d do everything to get myself a Range Rover Sport or an AMG C63 Mercedes. Since I love cars I’d say it’s a good thing to dream about + I’ve always had this dream to own a top floor flat in the
city centre of Tallinn with a huge terracce. But I’d say that’s enough for dreaming – gotta go and make shit happen!

How do you feel yourself making english music in Estonia?

I’ve recieved a lot of hate because of my “accent”. There’s a lot of people who have straight up told me to stop rapping because my so to say “accent” is terrible. I ain’t telling no names but these people already now I’ll never show them any support, especially this one guy who I was looking up to. Well I told ’em to shut the f*ck up and mind their own business because I ain’t talking with no hating ass boi. I had a little beef going on with one Estonian rapper who shortly after the beef tweeted: “If you’re Estonian and you rap in English then you should stop right away”.. Well I was more than sure that this was pointed at me, but I couldn’t really be offended that much because he stole a whole song from Famous Dex. It’s a problem out here with a lot of Estonian artists – they’re just not able to be creative themselves and then it’s easier for them to steal ideas or re-make something word by word. I’ve also noticed that some artists out here get mad quick if my fanbase is growing day by day but they’re stuck at the same point for weeks or months. That’s the moment
when they start to talk shit about you because they’re jealous. To be honest I don’t care about that at all because this ain’t no damn competition – I just love to make music & share it with the world.

That’s the attidude! But what do you think about Estonian rap scene overall?

Estonian rap scene is evolving day by day and it’s very good to see. Yet there’s too many people trying to sound-a-like. Seems like everyone is trying to copy or ride the wave of the most popular Estonian rapper Nublu. Well that’s not bad at all since some artists actually find their own style while experimenting like that. If I had to choose my favorite Estonian rapper I’d go with Utoopia. A lot of people haven’t heard about him because his style is pretty much old-school rap – but I have to say that all these people definitely need to wake up and check him out. His flows are hella smooth and his lyrical skills impress every person who has seen him rapping. I’d also suggest to keep an eye open for artists like Lepaste, YUKI & Ckeletov – everyone got their own kind of amazing style & creativity. I’ll not tell any names but there’s two of my least favorite rappers. Those who know, they know!

How does $auce Kreator Blanc write music?

I write all my lyrics down on a piece of paper. My friends “Küberünnak & Karmo” were wondering that someone still writes down lyrics the old styled way til this day. I actually never knew that the majority of artists do that on their PC or on a smartphone. For me it’s much more comfortable to use the old-school way while writing lyrics. If I had a nice verse written on my phone and I’d lose my phone or delete the file by accident then I’d be hella pissed. The atmosphere & my surrounding should also be on point when I write my songs. I get inspired a lot when I take my JBL speaker and a piece of paper with me to the seaside. It’s so relaxing and soothing – mostly I get some hella nice lyrics written with a vibe like this.

What is your usual daily routine?

My usual daily routine looks something like this – I wake up in the morning, make myself a coffee and put on a random beat that I just freestyle to. Doing this helps me to progress flow wise and also on the lyrical side. Since I’m currently working at Bolt then I do a lot of taxi driving as well
to earn that peso for rent, food, studio time & everything else that’s connected with music. I’ve learned that it’s important to invest in yourself. Other than that I just try to stay as active as possible all day long to not overthink situations. Also a bit of riding at the skatepark is always
a way to free my mind.

What’s your favorite food? Do u usually cook yourself or order food?

My favorite food is some sort of chicken/mushroom pasta. I’ve pretty much got an addiction to order food since Bolt Food started their service but recently I’ve been trying to take my time and cook by myself. It’s actually hella much fun & you can be the one who chooses the way it tastes. I’d
like to give an huge shoutout to 818 Street Food, Viljandi Burger & Viru Burger where the handmade burgers are just so delicious.

Are you working on something new right now?

I’m currently working on a track called “Traumatized” which is produced by the one and only homie who got me into rap music at the first point. This one is going to be one of the nicest tracks I’ve ever made. It’s inspired a lot by Polo G. Other than that I’m also working on a feature with one of my long time friends K Drip. Our collab track is going to be called “Block Is Hot”. Those two are the main projects i’m working on right now but I have a lot more coming up in just a matter of time.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Well I’ve always set goals for myself but those are mostly just for a week/month/year. I’m not quite sure about 5 years time but I know that I’ll never quit making music and I’m really trying to put all my heart in it to progress even further. The key is to believe in yourself. I guess within that amount of time I’ll have a lot more listeners and my fanbase will potentially be much bigger. Deep down I wish that I’d have the chance to perform in USA and make a lot of connections over there since the majority of the people who inspire me live over there.

Where was your first live performance and how was it?

My very first live performance was at a random school party where my bro managed to get me half an hour to perform. There was no stage or any proffesional gear but I can’t blame since it was the first time I ever performed in my life. The people wasn’t quite feeling it at this point since they were all drunk and waited for some club music to come up again. I’d say this is like a classic estonian school party. A lot has changed with time – I guess if I’d perfom now at any similar party the vibe would be much better since rap music has recently been taking off in Estonia. The most important thing I learned was self confidence & patience. I was quite scared to perform for the very first time but it has gotten much better with every live performance after that.

What would you say to young artists who are making music or some other form of art and are struggling with creating?

I’d suggest all the artists to keep a clean vision. It’s always easier to get something done without overthinking too much. Your surrounding should be as good as possible and the atmosphere should be nice too. Don’t let any toxic people into your life who only want to teach you how you have to do something. Do it your way. Because your way is probably something the world hasn’t seen yet. Don’t be scared to release something you ain’t satisfied with 100%. If you don’t like it yourself then other people might still vibe with it. Be confident, have patience and most important: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!

What is your favorite clothing brand?

If I’d have to choose my favorite clothing brand it would probably be Adidas since I’m a big fan of all the vintage jackets and tracksuits. Other than that I love to support my friends clothing brands such as: Stoned Street, Wavygrace & Mandem. Almost forgot to mention Vans – they make the most comfortable shoes. By the way if you’re trying to get a nice vintage Adidas tracktop or a NFL Jersey you should head over to my second IG account @sauceyvintage! Got a whole
lotta cool stuff posted on there and I’m always adding something fresh every now and then.

Would u like to give a shoutout to someone?

Biggest shoutout goes out to the Stoned Street boys who made it possible for me to have my first ever interview published. I’d swell like to give a huge shoutout to Catsoup, Mandem Family & Wavygrace. Also can’t forget to mention my lil bro Kert Salve who knows the lyrics to almost every single song I’ve released. Big shoutout to everyone who has listened to my music, shared my music & has given me all the positive feedback. I wouldn’t be at the place I’m right now without all my fans. Thank you!

Thank you so much for the time $auce Blanc. Be sure to follow him on everywhere and if you haven’t seen his latest music video – check this out!!!!





Photos taken by Marko Tomik.
Questions by Marko Tomik and Sven Lepasaar.
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