How was 2019 for you?
Sydney Blu: Pretty incredible. I spent most of it in Berlin writing a new album. Toured a lot and threw some pretty big events! I can’t complain.
Moving to Europe and being inspired musically again. My event series The Blu Party was great over the past year. I did a huge parties at WMC and Detroit’s Movement Festival. I also debuted the Blu Party in Phoenix. I did a 15-city tour in September heading back to North America and also played some amazing European clubs like Sisyphos in Berlin, Destino in Ibiza and Noir Club in Munich. I also was a part of an amazing initiative to bring underground dance music to the Juno Awards in Canada.
Even though moving to Europe was a really good decision for work. it was really hard to leave my family. I try to go back for extended visits.
Song of the year?
Pig&Dan’s “Promised” (Raxon Remix). I played this everywhere. Such a brilliant track. So primal.
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
I have daily goals I work on. I’m always setting them and checking back in on them. New Year’s has nothing to do with it. A couple of those goals are to continue to focus on music by finishing my album and planning the biggest Blu Party I’ve ever done this year for WMC for our ten-year anniversary.
Regular readers of Big Shot will remember that earlier this year Toronto techno multihyphenate Sydney Blu penned a Movement Detroit 2016 photo diary for us. Blu made her pilgrimage to the annual Motor City technofest to see friends, enjoy DJ sets by peers like Seth Troxler and A Tale of Us,and throw a shindig at Bleu nightclub where she was joined on the decks by an all-star lineup including Christian Martin, Gene Farris, The Saunderson Brothers and Landis LaPace.
After an eventful 2016, she’ll begin 2017 by contributing her red-hot tech-house monster “Momento” to VIVa Various Artists Club Cuts 2 EP on VIVa Limited, a series VIVa MUSIC boss Steve Lawler launched in 2015 to curate “unpretentious party jams made for the floor.” The three-tracker, which is out on January 13, 2017, also features featuring contributions by Claire Ripley and David Keno & Dalson.
Says Ms. Blu of her debut track for Lawler’s label: “I’ve been a fan of Steve Lawler’s since his Lights Out compilations. He used to come play at The Guvernment in Toronto when I was a resident there and played the best sets in the main room. It’s an honor to be signed to his label VIVa.”
In a hotel lobby far, far away, two longtime friends and music-industry peers — Sydney Blu and Jesse “The Scumfrog” Houk — sat down for a alk about life, music, collaboration and more. Blu is currently riding high after releasing her full-length debut, Relentless, in July on Black Hole Recordings. Houk, who relocated from NYC to New Mexico and has his new track “Spin” dropping soon on Blu’s Blu Music label, continues to expand upon the fiery 4/4 blueprint he etched when he hit the global scene 15 years ago, never looking back or compromising his sound over the years. Sit back, relax and get ready tobe a fly on the wall as the two friends kick it in a captivating conversation. Continue Reading →
Canadian DJ/producer/BLU Music proprietor Sydney Blu is getting ready to take on 2015 in a big way. Known for high-octane electro productions and DJ sets, which regularly bring her to clubs all over the world, the L.A.-based Blu is about to show the world another side of her musical personality later this month when she presents “My Neighbors Hate Me.”
Culled from her upcoming full-length debut due out in the new year, the songs finds Blu going her deepest and techiest.
Before dropping her new jam and embarking on a string of year-end DJ dates, we checked in with Ms. Blu and asked her to share her five favorite artists of the moment.
Sydney Blu’s “My Neighbors Hate Me” is released November 24, 2014 on Black Hole Recordings. Catch her at Steam in Miami on November 28, Vessel in San Francisco on December 4 and The BLU Party at Bespoke in Calgary, Canada, on December 11. Continue Reading →