[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ class=”cs-ta-left” style=”padding: 0px;”][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”introduction”]Lewis Adger gets an exclusive interview from chart topping DJ, Jonas Blue[/x_blockquote][x_image type=”rounded” src=”http://www.rebelessex.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Jonas_Blue.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” class=”image”][cs_text class=”caption”]Credit Jonas Blue. March 2016[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Fact File

  • Favourite Food? Chicken
  • Favourite Colour? Orange (Even though I should say blue)
  • Favourite Song? I don’t have just one!?
  • Favourite music artist? Calvin Harris / Kanye West
  • Favourite Film? Rocky / Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
  • Top 3 moments from the last year? Making Fast Car, Being Signed To Virgin Records, Getting my first Plaque!

[/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”quote”]”I just hope my core fan base are there to support me and my music.”- Jonas Blue[/x_blockquote][cs_text]
The last Saturday of Essex Freshers brought us the arrival of chart topping artist, and stand out DJ of the fortnight, Jonas Blue. The DJ who is famous amongst students for his two hit singles, ‘Fast Car’ and ‘Perfect Strangers’ provided Rebel with an interview on the day of his performance.

When I asked Jonas Blue how he felt about his recent MTV EMA nomination, it was clear how excited he was: “I’m over the moon. It’s amazing to think this has happened all within less than a year. I am so grateful to be in this position and to be nominated for such an amazing award!”

He has stiff competition though, with the likes of Charlie Puth, Lukas Graham and Jack Garratt competing in the ‘Best Push’ category. It was clear that Jonas wasn’t feeling intimidated by these big names after saying that “they are all great artists but what more can I do? I just hope my core fan base are there to support me and my music”.
The release of ‘Fast Car’ in December last year was a breakthrough moment for Blue, as his remix charted higher than the 1988 original by Tracy Chapman. From this moment on his life changed dramatically. I asked him how it has changed for the better: “I am basically touring non-stop and have had to adjust to a life on the road in comparison to last year when I was just in my home studio making music. I am not complaining however… I get to see some amazing places (and hotel rooms and airports)”. [/cs_text][x_blockquote cite=”” type=”left” class=”quote”]”The electric atmosphere Jonas provided to round off Freshers week is testimony to his success.”
[/x_blockquote][cs_text]Following Jonas’ recent success, he is at a point where he can offer sound advice for any aspiring artists seeking to break into the charts: “The main bit of advice I always give is don’t be in music for the money. Be in it for the love and passion you have for the music and everything else will follow if you work hard enough”.

The growth of Jonas Blue has enabled him to play at numerous festivals and events over the summer. When I asked him where his favourite place was to perform and what his favourite memory was from the summer, he replied “I would say the most memorable has to be at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City when I played to 100,000 people. I played ‘Fast Car’ at the time and I remember everyone cheering and singing the song back. It was a real moment. Second memory would have to be recently playing at Lollapalooza in Berlin. Before my set the area was pretty empty and then as soon as I came on stage thousands of people came out from nowhere and it was amazing as you could tell they were all there to hear my set and watch me perform”.

The electric atmosphere Jonas provided to round off Freshers week is testimony to his success. He certainly managed to transport the Sub-Zero crowd to Ibiza, and regardless of the questionable amounts of alcohol consumed, it was the highlight of my Freshers fortnight.
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