Some electronic artists are a one-trick pony, who have just one string to their bow. The same can’t be said for Bluey:
The London-based DJ/producer sporting a crop of electric blue hair can be found playing records in world-renowned clubs, pouring over equipment in the studio, or hyping up crowds of tens of thousands.
A diehard Michael Jackson fan as a kid, Bluey has always retained that passion for performance. Becoming glued to the decks from the age of 14, he won a DJ competition at college and earned the chance to compete in the final at Ministry of Sound. He narrowly missed out on the top prize after his record skipped, despite the judges agreeing that his set was the best. This proved to be a blessing rather than a setback, as it made Bluey “really focused on the technical stuff. I’m glad it happened because it taught me,” he says.
A fascination with the DJ EZ-mixed ‘Pure Garage’ series spurred him to try to match the technicality of the awe-inspiring selector. From then on, Bluey started to accept as many bookings as he could; even low-paid gigs at pubs and house parties. “I would’ve done it for free, to be honest,” he says. “I just wanted to do it.” Those sets would consist of anything ranging from UK garage to Marvin Gaye to Metallica, and “everyone would just be so receptive, it was great.”
Back before David Guetta and Steve Aoki had popularised the blend of hip-hop and big room beats, Bluey was developing his own niche. This unique blend of pop bangers and R&B, along with live mashups by Bluey himself, immediately got him noticed and chosen as the supporting DJ for artist and Konvict label head Akon.
Bluey travels extensively on a weekly basis now, playing at world-class clubs including Cirque le Soir & Maddox in London, Dubai’s Movida, Ibiza Rocks and sought-after nightspots in Geneva, Cannes, Monaco & more. He’s warmed up for the likes of Afrojack and Tommy Trash. While he now runs his own ‘Crank It’ night in London, which prides itself on taking a slice of Ibiza to the capital.
Not only a DJ but a fierce production talent too, Bluey was previously one third of the Chocolate Doll collective, alongside Tough Love’s Stefan and vocalist Nay Nay. He is now working on his debut album — an eclectic body of work that he places in between deep house and boundary-pushing electronica — Bluey has linked up with Christina Milian on high octane EDM joint ‘Turn Up’, a track that has racked up nearly half a million plays. While he also recently hooked up with Fatman Scoop for a feature on one of his forthcoming album with the results to be revealed soon.
With a smattering of collaborations on the way, and his debut album set to land soon, it’s safe to say that the world is about to be seeing BLUE.