Jonas Blue: "Lots of airports, lots of hotels, lots of travelling..."

We caught up with Jonas ahead of his debut performance at SW4 this year to find out what we can expect from his set at the festival. The global dance music sensation joins the likes of Robin Schulz, Sam Feldt Live and Kungs in the Capital FM arena on day one. Make sure you catch his set on for a tantalizing blend of dance music & pop sensibilities.

So what’s been going on in the world of Jonas Blue?

Lot’s of airports, lots of hotels, lots of travelling and trying to make music at the same time.

How are you coping with your celebrity status?

Its pretty crazy, you’re thrown into this lifestyle where your whole life has changed, I was that guy who was just sat in a studio writing tracks and now I’m in like 3 or 4 countries a week. Travelling, it’s a great experience and it has really opened my eyes in terms of seeing all these new cultures and it’s a blessing to be able to go to so many different countries and it actually really helps when making the music as well.

You headlined a sold out People From Ibiza show at Ministry of Sound earlier this year, how was that experience for you?

It was actually one of the most nerve-wracking shows I’ve ever played even though it wasn’t one of the biggest shows I’ve played in recent times but I guess its because of it being on my home turf. You know people are coming to see you because they know I’m a local boy and I felt that, even before I got on stage I went for an interview upstairs and I could feel the vibrations coming from downstairs. Having said that as soon as you get on stage and see everyone’s faces it all comes to life and all those fears and nerves just disappear.

Obviously your London born and bred, so can you tell us a bit about your past experiences partying in the capital?

My first experiences were with Defected Records, with one of the first shows actually being at Ministry as well. Me and my mates tried to go out as much as possible those days and I’m still really into my House and Techno so I enjoy going to see acts like Patrick Topping & Dusky. I have a huge passion for that kind of music even though I don’t make it I love going out to listen to it and appreciate it.

What makes London such a special place to perform in compared to other cities you’ve performed in across the world?

Obviously being from London makes it special, in terms of the music I find London & Ibiza quite similar in terms of what I would play. For instance, I’ve just come back from an Asian tour, and I personally wouldn’t play the same kind of music there that I would in London. I was massively into people like Masters At Work, Dennis Ferrer & Kerri Chandler so I know that stuff can work really well in London mixed with my stuff so its all about blending it all together when the time is right.

What artists are you listening to at the moment that are really making you tick?

For my kind of sound, I think Don Diablo is amazing, obviously he’s also on the line up for SW4. Diplo I’m always a massive fan of, Eric Prydz is another one I love and I recently went back and listened to all the Pryda stuff. I’ve come from all sides of dance music even UK garage as well.

Can you tell us a bit about your journey into the world of dance music?

Sure, to me it started when I was 11 years old, actually we can go back further to when I was 7 which is when I actually started out as a musician. Then by the time I was 11 I got into DJ'ing and that was solely through watching a program called Club 18-30 which was based on Ibiza. The good thing about that program even though it was terrible is that it showcased people like Erick Morillo & David Guetta in their early days which massively inspired me and made me realise straight away that I wanted to be involved in that world. Thanks to that program I got myself a pair of decks at the age of 11 and started to get heavily into dance music. At the time I didn’t even know what it meant but I kept saying I wanted to make cool beats & I wanted to be able to extend certain beats and mix in other tracks but I didn’t really understand what I was talking about. At the age of 12 I was having my coco pops and with the box of cereal they were giving out a piece of software called EJ which would allow you to pick a genre whether it was techno or trance and produce at a basic level, so that was basically the start of my music production days, I was heavily hooked on that software. So that basically got me to where I am today because I never stopped making music after that point.

You’ll be making your debut at SW4 this year, are you excited to be joining us at the festiva? What can we expect from your set at SW4 any exclusive material we can look forward to?

Actually it’s the one festival I haven’t been to yet so I’m very excited, especially to come and be playing. I’ll definitely have some exclusives I’ve been working on and I’ve got a couple of remixes coming out as well. In terms of production we are going to go fully in and put quite an amazing show together, so yea people should definitely come and catch me there.

You’re currently sitting in the top 10 of The Official Charts with your new single ‘Mama’, I noticed this track is a step away from the more dance music focused side of your productions, can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind this track?

Sure so the inspiration for this came about in November when I was in LA and I came up with the title and thought it would be cool to do this kind of dance-pop track. I remember framing the title on my phone, 3 months after I got back to London and saw the title again and started thinking that I wanted to create a track that could take me back to a moment of my life when there was less stress & when I was more carefree about life. So I just wanted to create a track that was fun and relaxing, so the idea behind mama is that you can relate it to anyone in your life & not stress, its about giving people three minutes where they can just let their hair down.

One last question, what’s the strangest or most bizarre thing you’ve seen on your festival travels?

For me it’s got to be when I was playing in Germany and this soaked guy walked up to me in the DJ booth and asked me to sign his extremely sweaty chest, which was horrible!

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