Richie isn’t the first artist to share the power of meditation with DJ Mag, and he’s not surprised to hear it. “I think that’s why a lot of people in music and this sort of industry would do things like that — meditation, self-help and manifesting,” he says thoughtfully. “Because you need to, you have no choice. If you’re not focused, you’re not gonna be on form with it and on point with it, and you need to keep yourself focused. That’s the best way to do it.”
The last stop of the Belfast tour is Bootleggers, a bar-come-restaurant nestled on the corner of Church Lane, and a five-minute jaunt from the pub. It’s a popular spot, with a soundsystem that doles out a heady mix of classic house and disco tunes, with an equally enticing menu of tacos and burgers. When our generously topped tacos arrive, talk turns to family and Richie’s nieces and nephews.
“They’re getting old enough that they don’t want to go to the cinema or bowling anymore, which is sad, because I love doing that stuff,” he says. “Because I’m like a big kid myself. Even in Mykonos, my friends would be like, ‘Where’s the child?’ — they’d be talking about me!”
Richie wants to settle down eventually, but for now, he’s focused on reaching his goals — living between Ibiza and Belfast, pitstops in Panorama Bar and DC-10, and releasing his album on the aforementioned London and LA-based record label.
Although it can be easy for any artist on the cusp of exploding to lose the run of themselves, Richie Blacker has everything he needs to remain grounded — a supportive and fiercely close family, a tightly-knit group of friends, and his trusty six-minute diary.
“I write in it every morning — intentions, what I’m thankful for, and what I wanna manifest,” he says. “Because you’re putting it out into the universe, it’s not a magic thing. It’s not like, ‘I’m gonna win a million pounds’. I’m just focusing everything I have on music. I wake up, and it’s about music until I go to bed again. It’s 24-7 with me, and I want it so bad that I know I will get there.”