Jonas Blue Talks Exploring 'Very Global' Production
With four No. 1 hits and seven Top 10 hits on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, Jonas Blue has been enjoying recognition around the world.
The Essex-born DJ, producer and songwriter found himself in China for the second time this year, greeting fans with performances from his first studio album, Blue, at EDC China Guangdong. Billboard Radio China sat down with him to talk about his new album, rise of multicultural elements and his 2019 plans.
Although many of his productions have topped charts around the world, Jonas Blue just released his first full-length studio album, Blue, in November.
"The concept of Blue is to transport its listeners to a different world with music," he explained. "And I chose to release a full-length album because it enables me to experiment with many different production styles, not just a single sound, and take listeners on a journey."
The album also features collaborations with amazing vocals such as Liam Payne, Jack & Jack, and Lennon Stella. Talking about the production of "Rise," Blue explained that the concept was inspired by overhearing one of the Jack & Jack's interviews on the radio.
"They talked about how millennials are rising and chasing their dreams against headwinds, and immediately, some ideas come to my mind," Blue said.
He also shared his experience working with Liam Payne and Lennon Stella on the song "Polaroid": "Liam is super hard-working, and Lennon is also amazing. I always lean towards very soulful vocals with a lot of character like such." Talking about multicultural elements in the music industry, Blue believes that the rise has just begun. From releasing "Perfect Strangers" back in 2016 to the more recent "Wild," he is one of the pioneers in incorporating multicultural elements in his production.
"It's great to see Latino music coming to the mainstream, but at the same time, there are also a lot more styles to explore," he shared. "African music, Indian music, Chinese music… These different elements will definitely also start to come through more."
Blue is also looking forward to potential collabs with Chinese artists. "My music is very global. I'm from the U.K., but my music travels as far as here. I grew up with all different genres of music, and I want to include that in my production as well."
In terms of 2019 plans, Blue will take some time off to go back to where he started and work on some underground club songs, targeting release at the start of the year. He is also looking forward to two massive collaborations with some other DJs, more singles and Asia tours to come. Check out the full interview with Billboard Radio China.