Blunt Force is the musical vision of Austin, Texas locals Brian Gustafson & Deniz Baykal. Mixing elements of funk, hip-hop, dubstep, and livetronica, Blunt Force has quickly gained notoriety throughout the scene with their unique blend of styles.
Heavily influenced by the rise of sample-driven electronic music, Gustafson sought to add his own touch to this newly emerging genre. After moving to Austin, Texas in 2011 to attend St. Edward’s University, Gustafson began producing music out of his freshman dorm room. Gustafson strived to create a unique style of his own by blending sample-based productions with rhythmic guitar riffs.
Blunt Force began performing live in the fall of 2012. With the addition of live guitar in his sets, he began to stir up quite the buzz around the Austin scene. After playing extensively in Austin, Gustafson slowed down in 2013 to focus more on his productions. This resulted in the release of his first EP, “A Brighter Tomorrow”, in February of 2014. Soon after, Gustafson paired up with producer and drummer, Deniz Baykal, whom he had met while attending St. Edward’s University. Deniz’s drumming brought even more of a live dynamic to the already high energy Blunt Force live set. The two debuted the new live show at Euphoria Music Festival in April of 2014, and continued performing in cities close to home in order to finish college.
In January 2016, just one month after finishing college, not only did the duo embark on their first North American tour, hitting 20 cities across the west, southwest, and southeast regions of the United States, but they began producing music together for the first time. This tour served to “showcase” the new style of production and live set that fans could expect to hear from Blunt Force starting in 2016. As Deniz was geared towards producing heavier electronic music, it was inevitable that their new music as a duo would see an evolution. The new sound they’ve carved is a perfect blend of Gustafson’s old-fashion sampling techniques with Deniz’s heavy sound and drum design, which is perfectly represented with their newest single, ‘Dreamer,’ featuring Dallas-based rapper, Jay Fresh. The two have already seen great success in 2016, experiencing a steady growth of fans and listeners across the country.
Blunt Force has shared the stage with acts such as: Savoy, The Floozies, Big Wild, Opiuo Live Band, Michal Menert, Kill Paris, Sunsquabi, Late Night Radio, Dopapod, Robotic Pirate Monkey, Freddy Todd, DrFameus (Allen of the Disco Biscuits), Orchard Lounge, Mord Fustang, Paul Basic, TAUK, Archnemesis, The Main Squeeze, Filibusta, SuperVision, The Magic Beans + many more. In addition, Blunt Force has racked up performances at some of the most notorious festivals across the U.S. including festivals such as : Euphoria Music Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Sonic Bloom Music Festival’s fall festival, Sonic Blossom, Art Outside Music & Arts Festival, Head for the Hills Music & Arts Festival, and UtopiaFest.
Gustafson teamed up with Denver producer, Kinetik Groove, in mid 2014 to form a live instrumentation and glitch-hop side-project, which the two called Kinetik Force. Kinetik Force released their first EP titled “Fusion” in December of 2014. Soon after, the two unleashed "Fusion - The Remixes" in April of 2015 featuring remixes from artists such as Vibe Street, Orphic, Fractal Sky, and The Digital Connection.