Chances are you’re familiar with “the Simon Cowell of electronic dance music”, aka Jonas Blue. After bursting onto the scene in December 2015 with his tropical house cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” featuring Dakota, the 28-year-old London-based producer has become unstoppable (see for yourself in his recent BTS tour diary here).
Dropping hit after hit, Blue’s most recent release is the brilliant “We Could Go Back” with Moelogo and “Mama” – a carefree, marimba-infused track made for mega-club dance floors that showcases the vocals of online star, William Singe. “I discovered William about two years ago on YouTube. I was just one of those early people that was a massive fan of his,” Blue told us during a chat for the Autumn 17 Issue (out now and available to buy here). “When I wrote ‘Mama’ I knew exactly who should sing it. I reached out to William and he was up for it – thank god – and he did an amazing job.”
This is one of Blue’s undeniable talents – to be able to spot undiscovered talent, in often unusual places. He’s already collaborated with burgeoning teenage talent, Raye – who he discovered in the back of an Uber – and Manchester native, JP Cooper. “To see them go on and essentially be on the same line-ups as me is so great,” Blue told us, his pride audible. “I think I’ve got a bit of an ear for finding new talent, and that was something that I wanted to give to the listener,” he adds. “I want to not only give them a great song, I want to give them a great artist to listen to as well.”
Blue’s latest album project, Electronic Nature – an exclusive compilation sourced from his very own set lists – dropped in mid-July. However, he’s keeping quiet about any recent star spotting. “I’m working with a few people, but nobody that I’d be able to mention yet,” he grins. The name of Blue’s next protégée might be on a need to know basis, but there’s no doubt they’ll be chasing him up the charts soon.
Read Jonas Blue’s full interview in the Autumn 17 Issue of Wonderland; out now and available to buy here.