Interview: Jonas Blue on playing in Dubai and why 2020 is going to be his biggest year yet

The top DJ and producer is playing at Dubai’s Zero Gravity on New Year’s Eve

Interview: Jonas Blue on playing in Dubai and why 2020 is going to be his biggest year yet

Top DJ, songwriter, producer and remixer Jonas Blue is coming to Dubai Marina’s Zero Gravity on New Year’s Eve to welcome in 2020 at the popular Dubai beach club.

Jonas Blue, otherwise known as Guy James Robin, hit the headlines in 2015 when his debut single Fast Car (a tropical house cover of Tracy Chapman’s 1988 single Fast Car) peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and achieved multi-platinum status all across the globe. Since then he's released singles including Perfect Strangers, Rise, By Your Side, Ritual and worked with names including Rita Ora, Joe Jones, Jack&Jack, Sabrina Carpenter and Liam Payne.

Time Out Dubai caught up with British DJ Jonas Blue ahead of his New Year’s Eve gig.

You’ve played in Dubai several times, what’s it like coming back to perform here for New Year’s Eve?
Dubai has a very luxurious type of clubbing. Everyone looks amazing, smells amazing – the whole experience is great. I think it’s a very VIP scene, a crowd you don’t see at many places other than places like Ibiza or Vegas. And of course outdoor clubs and clubbing on the beach is really nice too, Zero Gravity throws a really fun beach party. I love coming to Dubai, the malls, the restaurants, everything really. This time I’m over for a few days with family so will get a chance to have a look around and relax, too, so I’m really looking forward to it.

How do you usually spend New Year’s Eve?
I’m always playing on New Year’s Eve, so I actually haven’t done anything else in ages. Before I used to just stay in with my mates for a party and watch fireworks on TV and stuff though.

What’s it like performing on New Year’s Eve?
Going out on New Year’s Eve is a good experience for people. My favourite New Year’s Eve was a few years ago in Brazil with Diplo, watching the countdown was incredible, it’s the best adrenaline rush playing on New Year’s Eve.

What does 2020 have in store for you?
It’s going to be busy. I’ll be releasing the main Jonas Blue singles that I always do, I aim for three or four a year and my first one will be out at the end of January. I’ve also started my own club music label, Electronic Nature, so I’ll be kicking that into motion properly this year too. I always take January and February off then start touring from March through to the end of the year. Basically there will be lots of music – I think 2020 will be my biggest year yet.

What are your predictions for the music scene globally in 2020?
We’re in a really good place at the minute with dance music – I’m enjoying where it is at very much. I think Ibiza needs to be a bit more open though, to have a bit more of a mix. Sound-wise though it’s in good shape – I think 2020 will be about incorporating more big sounds.

What’s on your playlist?
I listen to a lot of jazz music and R&B to really separate my brain from what I do myself, I try not to listen to too much commercial stuff.

You’ve collaborated with some top names? Who’s been your favourite so far, and who’s on your wish list to work with?
I loved working with Rita Ora [who he worked with on Ritual]. She’s world-class performer and absolute sweetheart in the studio too. Who would I love to work with in future? Shawn Mendes.

Jonas Blue will be joined by Jax Jones on the line-up at Zero Gravity on New Year’s Eve, while Zero Gravity’s resident DJs Thomas Karnovski, Soulninja and Redox will be getting the crowd warmed up, so expect a massive night out.

We’ll see you at the beach this New Year’s Eve.

For everything you need to know about New Year's Eve in Dubai, click here.
From Dhs200. Tue Dec 31. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina, (04 399 0009).

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