In an era of slow-building careers, Jonas Blue is an anomaly. In just two years, the double Brit Award nominee has become a pop powerhouse, a globally-successful songwriter, producer and performer with more than 4 billion streams and 25 million singles sales to his name.
Since his reboot of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car exploded around the world in 2016, Jonas Blue – aka Essex-born Guy Robin – has proved a musician with a Midas touch. Four further consecutive hits, all originals, two of them Top 5 single in the UK, have sealed his position as Britain’s brightest new artist and one of pop’s most in-demand producers. Having helmed Craig David’s recent hit Heartline, Jonas Blue now splits his time between producing his own material and penning hits for other artists.
It’s not only the speed of his ascent that’s striking, however. In a scene awash with A-list guests, Jonas Blue’s choice of singers has helped him stand out. His spectacular success has come in part from his talent for spotting rising stars who had barely been heard of when the records were released - among them Raye on By Your Side, Dakota on Fast Car, JP Cooper on the platinum-selling Perfect Strangers, Australian YouTuber William Singe on summer anthem Mama and South London-based Afrobeat musician Moelogo on current smash We Could Go Back, a nostalgic song about lost love that adds guitars to his signature melodic sound.
A naturally-gifted musician who played flute and saxophone in primary school, Guy set his sights on becoming a producer aged 11, when he built his first studio in his Essex bedroom. At 13, he was producing sessions with singers, one of whom won a competition to record at Abbey Road’s Studio 2 and took Guy along as his engineer.
Buoyed by his first professional session, Guy persuaded his dad to help him turn their tiny garage in to a proper studio. Incredibly, until recently, it was where he continued to work and where all of his huge hits to date have been produced.
To repay his dad for the recording equipment, Guy started DJ’ing. His first gig, aged 11, at a Halloween party, paid him £50. At 15, he got his first residency in a local bar by lying about his age.
Bizarrely, his DJ aspirations were ignited by a TV series about holiday reps in Ibiza.
By 12, Guy was making his own beats to mix in to his DJ sets and at 16, in thrall to Max Martin, he self-released his debut single, Angel Of Love, which became a surprise hit in South Africa. At 18, he was releasing records under various guises on Defected and Chase & Status’ label MTA.
His Jonas Blue guise was born in the summer of 2015 as a tribute to his mum, whose favourite song when he was a kid was Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car. For her, he made his own version, one he could slip in to his DJ sets. Several months later, after failing to find a guest singer, he discovered Dakota and decided to release the song under a new name.
Fast Car’s success was instant. Over Christmas 2015, it topped the charts in Australia. Over the following months, the summery song caught on across the world, going platinum in the States and double platinum in Britain. Guy’s first ever gig as Jonas Blue was in front of 100,000 people in Mexico City.
After a packed 2017 of live shows including a residency in Ibiza (alongside shows at Ushuaia and Pacha), a sold out Ministry of Sound gig in September for his first Electronic Nature party, tours in Brazil and Asia and a stand out performance at London's SW4 festival, Jonas Blue played his biggest UK club show to date at Electric Brixton in March, Jonas will spend this summer hosting a full season of his Electronic Nature residency at new Ibiza superclub Hï alongside launching an expanded Electronic Nature merchandise line, as well as launching his own record label Blue Future. Expect to hear some big news on his debut signings soon!