10 Questions with ... Jonas Blue
April 26, 2016
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
1) When did you start doing music?
It was at a very early age. I was a musician at first; I play several instruments. I kind of then ditched that when I was about 8-10 years old, going to the DJ side of things. I realized, when I was DJ-ing, that I wanted to make my own records. So, being a musician and just getting the software, it kind of all worked out hand in hand, and I ended up becoming a producer at 11-12 years old, and been doing it ever since.
2) Where are you from and how often do you DJ back home?
I'm from London. I'm doing it quite a bit now. My tour is just starting. I mean, with the height of "Fast Car," everything has just changed. So all the tours are now starting. The first tour is the North American tour, and we're taking it back home. Which is quite weird!
3) As this is your first tour of the U.S., is there a city that you're particularly looking forward to DJ-ing in?
It's been incredible so far. I love Miami; I've done two shows there, and the response has been amazing. I went to L.A. after Miami so yeah, I'm super-excited about the whole thing!
4) In Miami you DJ-ed with Audien and 3LAU. What DJ have you had the most fun DJ-ing with?
Oh wow. Audien was really great! I think he's probably the best so far.
5) You mentioned you started getting into DJ-ing, as a musician, got your software and started writing your own music. Then you do a cover version of "Fast Car" Tracy Chapman's song featuring Dakota. How did that come about?,
I had always wanted to do a cover of the song. It's one of my favorite childhood songs. I always wanted to do it. I just never had the right sounds for it. I had this sort of lightbulb moment last August for this idea, and literally kind of worked it all out in my head before I got in the studio. Then I went in the studio, and the ideas just came. The whole track came out within a night. I met Dakota a few weeks later. What you hear on the radio today is that whole experience.
6) What else are you working on these days?
I'm working on quite a bit I just finished a remix of a lady called Birdy, she's from the U.K. So, that's going to be quite big. It's called "Keep Your Head Up" and it's coming out on Big Beat. I'm really happy about it. And I'm working on a second single at the moment and future Jonas Blue music.
7) If you could give a piece of advice to an up and coming DJ, Producer or Artist, what would it be?
Don't be in this for the money. If you're in this for the money, it's going to be a very short profession. Be in because you love doing music, and have a passion for it and everything else will just come.
8) We're back in London; where can we get a good bite to eat?
Any one of the pubs and you're going to get a really good meal.
9) Favorite football team?
I don't really watch football, I'm just into music, but if I had to pick one it would be Arsenal.
10) If you could collaborate with any artist in the world, who would your dream collaboration be with?
Probably Calvin Harris.
With all the traveling you do, what's a must-have travel item?
Jogging bottoms for the airports and the planes. Can't be in jeans, definitely not.