Interview w/ Jonas Blue


Written by Dan Haze
15 Wednesday 15th November 2017

Last week we were invited to Tileyard Studios by -the world’s fastest growing video network - to meet Jonas Blue, the Essex-born DJ, producer and songwriter - real name Guy Robin - whose short, but sweet Tropical House oeuvre has earned him 3 billion streams online. With 3 platinum singles, an international DJ lifestyle and a leather jacket if I’m honest I didn't know what to expect, but after a few introductory remarks I realise he’s a sound guy.  He's just got back from Tokyo, filming the music video for his latest single We Could Go Back, but doesn’t seem tired and is open to my questions. Since his music is so synonymous with summer and beach parties my first question is:


What’s been your favourite event of the summer?

I think it’s got to be Tomorrowland in Belgium. Playing to 180,000 people is the best feeling. It's my second year now, last year when I played it I only had Fast Car (Blue’s breakout remix charted higher than Chapman’s original) so to go back this year with four more songs felt much more established.


What's the journey been like since Angel of Love (his first single)?

It's been a hustle, I released that song when I was 16, I'm 28 now. It's been a long road with a lot of different diversions along the way, but it's been great and to finally be in a position where people are hearing my music worldwide is amazing. I’m glad it's happened now, now feels like my time.


Has producing always been your main focus, have you ever been tempted to sing?

No, producing has always been my dream since I was a kid.


You started your musical journey by playing the flute as a child, do you think this has influenced your current sound?

Definitely, melodies are so important and that's what you have to think about when you’re playing the flute. Melodies are always my main focus.  it's pretty hard to make a flute so sad.


What is it about the sound of Tropical House that makes it synonymous with this feel good lifestyle from a technical point of view?

I don’t think there's anything too technical about it to be honest, it's more of a reflection of where I am in my life right now. I make music which is happy and makes me feel good and I want people who listen to my music to feel that way too. I don't want to write sad songs at the moment because that's not where I’m at. I want my happiness to resonate with my fans and everyone who listens to my music.


Is there anything outside of music that influences your musicality?

I actually become an avid gardener. In a weird way nature and music work well together, especially for my music.


What's your favourite place in london?

Some of my favourite places to go are the old record shops in Soho. I used to do in my youth, picking up records by everyone from the Backstreet Boys and Britney to Jagged Edge and 112.


What's been your place to travel to?

I always say Ibiza. As soon as you step foot on that island there's a vibe, even if you have day not going out to the clubs you’re still in this amazing bubble. I started going four years ago before I played there and it's still stunning.


I say I’ve never been but would love to go, but apparently you have to save up a shit tonne of money before, forgetting that I’m talking to a DJ with three top ten hits, not making conversation at a house party in Peckham. But that's the thing, despite his global success Jonas Blue is still a nice Guy from Essex.


Jonas Blue's latest single We Could Go Back is Out NOW! 

Watch the video below 

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