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Blu-J Student Success Story
1. Tell us about BLU-J and how it formed?
BLU J was formed by myself (Alex Blue) and Jay Wiltzen, we met while attending Pyramind in 2010. Jay had come down from Canada and I had come up from Los Angeles. Jay most certainly came from more of a Folk / Singer-songwriter background, and had recently developed a serious interest in electronic music & production. I had been previously studying Instrumental performance (Saxophone) in Seattle, but was spending most of my time messing with synthesis & production.
We would kick it and produce together, but we were also honing our craft and working separately. There came a time, however, when we decided to cease solo production and place all focus on the collaboration. Deciding on, “BLU J” came easy as we just consolidated our names; it’s simple. One of the most important decisions we made was that when we presented ourselves, it was as BLU J. With that attitude, all of the ego that can come with creating as a team is removed, and it has very much kept our priorities straight. Unfortunately Jay had to move back to Canada at the end of 2012. So what started as a project together in person, changed to a long distance collaboration and we had to adapt.
Jordan Hill – Jattik – Robot Funk EP
1. Tell us about your latest EP and some of your inspirations behind the project?
The EP is called Robot Funk, which is also the title track for the EP. It is definitely my favorite track on the project. It took a good, solid 8 months to fine tune and polish everything to sound the way I wanted. Initially, there were only 3 or 4 tracks scheduled for the project, but the last 2 months before the scheduled release, I don’t know, I must have been having a good week because I just started banging ‘em out. Robot Funk was actually the second to last track that I produced. There actually wasn’t even a title for the EP and I was looking for a title track to really stand out and that one was it. I listen to a lot of Funk, and even the word Funk has always been one that sticks in my mind. So I thought to myself, what if I made some Robot Funk, and the track was basically born from there. I had a lot of fun making that track.
SugarBeats (Luke Estes & Golden Toast)
1.Tell us about SugarBeats? How was it formed?
SugarBeats is a collaboration project between myself and Golden Toast, which has evolved from our roots collaborating on hip hop a few years back. We split ways when I moved to San Francisco to attend Pyramind, and came back together with new skill sets and fresh ideas. We’ve always had very different styles but work really well together, its the contrast between us that creates this unique style that comes from neither of us alone, its birthed in the space that divides us.
Where he drives more overt and explosive, I tend towards the subtle and ungraspable, and for that reason he creates the structure, base, and arrangement, while I tackle the hidden details that make a huge difference without one really noticing anything obvious happening behind the scenes. I imagine it may take most fresh listeners repeated plays to really grasp the complexities involved. The name came from my desire to create music that was before anything else fun, it’s like candy for your ears, its meant to catch you by surprise and delight you with a slightly off kilter charm, but contrasted with something hard you can get down to.