We had the good fortune of connecting with Blaine Mazzetti and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Blaine, what inspires you?
I find inspiration in my surroundings. I am from Rincon Indian Reservation located at the foot of Palomar mountain in North County San Diego. It’s a beautiful place with amazing views, rich history and vibrant community. I am inspired to write songs based on the sights, the history, the community and the culture. I also love to incorporate the Native Language (Cham’Teela) into my themes. I find inspiration in stories of the past and the lessons they teach us as we move into the future. Reggae music of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s is also one of my greatest influences. In particular the sound of Channel One studio and the Roots Radics band.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Supul-Weh meaning One-Two in Cham’Teela or Luiseño is the artist name I go by as a Roots Reggae singer and Roots Reggae Drummer. I have been playing and performing in Reggae bands for the past 15 years as a singer/rhythm guitarist. Some of the highlights include supporting legends such as The Might Diamonds, Israel Vibration and the Roots Radics, The Wailing Souls, Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, Freddie McGregor and more. I have released a solo Reggae album-Blaine Mazzett – Sweeter Than Honey and an EP with another group The Originators – Every Time. I am most proud of and excited about my upcoming album being recorded at Zion Love Studios on Pala Indian Reservation. The album is entitled “Noon Nokiik Monaa” (I’m Going Home) artist name- Supul-Weh. I am proud of this work as it is completely original material with an authentic sound that is true to the reggae of the 80’s with a nostalgic feel, yet breathes freshness of a unique perspective as the only Reggae to ever come out of Rincon Indian Reservation. This album will consist of 10 tracks reminding us of the past while sharing a new sound and feel. I have worked extremely hard to get to where I am today and that work includes but is not limited to: practicing and rehearsing for endless hours, spending my own funds to record and share the music, designing websites, booking shows and trips, backing visiting artists and more. I would like the world to know that Supul-Weh is all original Reggae music that will remind you of the Channel One era while also sounding fresh and unique, like nothing you’ve heard before. This music is the first Reggae music to come out of this small Indian Reservation and shares messages and perspectives of life on the Rez and more including themes of love, heartbreak, money and separation/jail. I strive to spread awareness of our people Ataaxum and our home Wa$xa. The world needs to know we are still here and are a vibrant part of San Diego. The world needs to know that San Diego is filled with Indian Reservations and has more than any county in the country. We are here and we will continue to be here.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to hike up to the water tanks on the east side of the Reservation, climb to the top and overlook the entire valley. I would take them to have home cooked meals from indigenous families including Indian tacos. We would venture to Palomar mountain and see the beautiful open spaces and wooded areas of our ancestors. We could also drive to Julian for some fresh pie and coffee and on the way back grab the best burgers at Farmhouse 78 in Santa Ysabel. The San Diego area is amazing as we have access to the mountains, the ocean and the desert all within a short drive of each other. If we were out of quarantine a show at the BellyUp is a must. There are so many things to do in this area it is truly an amazing place to visit or call home.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank everyone on the Rincon Indian Reservation for the support and recognition. I would like to thank the players of instruments on my upcoming release “Noon Nokiik Monaa” Johnny Mendoza- Bass, Isaac Lewis- Piano, Micah Smoley- Organ and Percussions, Rob Zanchetta – Drums and Jojo Yspeerd- Guitar. My family for always being there for me along this journey and all my friends for showing up, buying music and sharing it with their friends and following. I appreciate each and every person who has ever came out to a show, purchased or shared my music and jammed with me.