Talon Bazille Ducheneaux: Reservation Pavement
My name is Talon Bazille Ducheneaux, and I go by the alias "Bazille". It is my middle name, which I am very proud to have been gifted with - to be named after a person who I sort-of strive to be like within my honesty and kindness in the content I create.
Firstly, I apologize for any formality-mishaps or non-professionalism in this site. I honestly feel somewhat uncomfortable with promoting myself to this extent, but I also want to give my content and what I know I can do an honest chance in being recognized properly and adequately. I love creating and performing and connecting, so this site aims to do a bit of that.
For as long as I can remember I've been addicted to music. Growing up, my father used to show me songs like "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin and "One" by Metallica - literally explaining to a young me the various deep, dark, and vivid stories told in lyrics - the stories and experiences he had when jamming to heavy guitar riffs, crisp vocals, and fast drums. My mother would show me how to groove out to songs like "Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart and any song by Keith Sweat. I would soon discover (to some dismay by them at the time) my parents' CD and tape collections of Rap; "The Chronic" by Dr. Dre and "All Eyez On Me" by 2Pac to name a few. As I got older, other attractions to Death Metal, Black Metal, Horrorcore, WitchHouse, EDM, Jazz, Bebop, Swing, Easy Listening, Funk, Soul, Video Game Soundtracks, Movie Soundtracks, and other genres began to heavily flourish, but to me, there was nothing quite like the fusioning of Hip Hop.
Now, while I love my family very much, my community very much, my places of origin very much, it would be disrespectful to ignore the many issues and obstacles myself and peers faced back then and today. As members of my family dealt with consumption and addiction, youth like me faced many of these consequences. Some of us even began to dabble in the same self-defeating behaviors and actions ourselves. With too many people and societies in our lives training us to be self-loathing and pride-extinguishing, suicide and depression ran wild. It seemed early death became all too common, endorsing a hopeless attitude on daily life. As Indigenous peoples, our histories were taught colonially, mainly by our own oppressors and oppressive symptoms that showed no true care for us.
However, with the help of ourselves, our relatives, our allies, and Creator, many of us managed to overcome and succeed - some of us (including myself) still being in that process today. Our voices grow stronger each day, and the youth continue to impress, improve, and heal increasingly with each coming generation. Through expression, my ventures in Hip Hop and Poetry, I have been able to open my eyes more to this and to try to better myself and express my true self within the art. I am no saint. I am no savior. I am no better than the person I just saw walking down the street, but through being honest and genuine in my material, I hope I can spread the same love and goodness that I receive and work for every day. That is all.
For me, it was in reading poetry, listening to music, creating that I found myself working through high school on the reservation, graduating college at the University of Pennsylvania (c/o 2015 dept. of psychology), and now working to continue life and production.
My life and reasons for doing what I do hold so much more space for writing, but I'll save that for the content that I hope you check out, listen to, watch, and read! I hope this introduction/bio has served some purpose, and hasn't come off as too egotistical. I genuinely hope you enjoy my content and contact me with any reaction you may have had while visiting!
Pila/Pida for your support and for the time taken to electronically travel here,
Talon Bazille Ducheneaux
August 23rd, 2015