Saturday Night Session 030: Jonas Blue
Few moments are more sacred than the reprieve Saturday night provides from the daily grind of school and work. Its importance is meant to be emphasized, and thus, a feature dedicated to “doing the night right” was born. Saturday Night Sessions are set around energizing mixes meant to get the party started. New or old, each episode has one cornerstone thing in similarity: they serve as the perfect backdrop for the weekend pregame.
If there were a formula for creating a track that goes Platinum, Jonas Blue would be a master at wielding it. After his debut single “Fast Car” went platinum and gold in over 20 territories, the artist has since amassed 8 billion global streams all in the span of two years. His career started with a high and he has been building on that ever since. In 2018 he released his debut album Blue, which is a 15-track showcase of the producer’s best work. He is known for his ability to craft a dance-floor friendly house tune while conversely creating pop electronic crossovers that stay in listener’s heads far after the songs’ conclusions.
Although Blue has not been in the spotlight for a long period of time, his sudden rise into dance music notoriety has unsurprisingly resulted in a heavy tour schedule. He notes that traveling is one of the most challenging things about this career path, but that gardening brings him peace during the limited times he is at home. Driving is another part of life that brings him a sense of calm.
A big source of creative fulfillment for Blue has been the launch of his label, Electronic Nature, which has enabled him to curate his own sound bring that to the world. He says, “It’s just important to have your own label so you can put music out that has your own personal vision. With the label I’ll be able to sign new artists and new tracks that aren’t currently out there at the moment.”
The slate of artists Blue chose to remix recent release with HRVY, titled “Younger,” is a good example of his diversity in sound and desire to bring his taste to the forefront of electronic music. Blue enlisted Punctual, Steff da Campo, and Myon to try their hands at the release, and they each put a unique spin on the sound bringing new production elements to the forefront of “Younger.”
Blue has crafted a house infused and dance-worthy hour long Saturday Night Session, which he believes will get listeners ready for ‘a massive rave.’ For those looking to have a big Saturday night, look no further for the perfect pregame mix to get the evening going.
What made you decide you wanted to get into music production and DJing?
I started out as a musician first and then got into DJ’ing. It was when I did that that I realized I wanted to make my own beats and get into production so that I could DJ My own music.
What inspired you to start your record label Electronic Nature, and what do you think it adds to the electronic scene that we don’t already have?
It’s just important to have your own label so you can put music out that has your own personal vision. With the label I’ll be able to sign new artists and new tracks that aren’t currently out there at the moment.
You’re particularly skilled at enlisting an enamoring vocalist and blending that into a catchy commercial release. Is there a particular vocalist you have worked with who has been incredibly inspiring and who you feel you create with well?
JP Cooper. He’s an incredible singer and songwriter and we’ve worked on quite a few things together. He’s great
What is the hardest part about being a DJ/Producer?
Traveling and not being home
What are your hobbies outside of producing music?
Driving cars and gardening
What does your ideal Saturday night look like?
Home, bottle of wine, friends, movie, popcorn
What kind of a Saturday night is your Saturday Night Session going to get listeners ready for?
A MASSIVE RAVE