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 blye hair can be found playing records in world-reowned clubs, poring over equipemnt in the studio, or hyping up crowds of ten of thousands.
A die hard 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 at the final at Ministry of Sound. There he narrowly missed out on the top prize after his record skipped, despite the judges agreeing that his set was the best. But this proved to be a blessing rather than a setback, as it made Bluey "really focus 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 popularized 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. "it was a new thing back then" he explains. "Akon did his 20-minute set and then i did two hours and the crowd loved it, and promoters in Europe got a whiff of it. But everyone's doing it now - I've had to find a new niche!"
Bluey travels extensively on a weekly basis now, playing at world - class clubs inlcuding Cirque de 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 Tash and played private parties in the States. 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, who made a handful of tracks before realizing that they wanted to pursue separate creative visions.
His latetst single "U Sure Do" (featuring Soulest) flips the much - loved Strike classic and givess it a proper drop, inspired by a session in Ibiza where he saw Hannah Wants play the track to widespread applause. "I was like, hold on a second, someone needs to make a modern version of it" he recalls.
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 joing "Turn Up", a track that racked up nearly half a million plays. While he also recently hooked up with Farman Scoop for a feature on one of his forthcoming album with the resulsts to be revealed soon.
Wit 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.