Sydney Blu (born Joanne Judith-Mary Hill; November 22, 1977) is a Canadian DJ, producer, and record label owner. Blu is known for large, live event performances at major venues and dance music festivals around the world and releases on multiple labels, including her own Blu Music. Her singles, "Give It Up For Me" and "Senses and the Mind" broke beatport.com sales records, and launched her label "Blu Music" with her single "Instinct".
Blu's career began in her native Canada, where she became a well-known member of the electronic dance music community with shows around the country. She moved to Miami in 2010 and then Los Angeles in 2013 to pursue opportunities in the larger, more established Electronic Music community. Summer 2015 marked her return to her hometown Toronto with the release of her debut album 'Relentless'
In 2009, Sydney Blu founded her very own imprint Blu Music, which has produced several chart-topping singles over the years. The label has been one of the most successful labels on Beatport charts in its history. Sydney has also released music on some of the most recognized labels in the industry including Mau5trap, Black Hole Recordings, Hotfingers, and Toolroom. Her release 'Give It Up For Me' on Mau5trap Recordings was one of Beatport’s highest selling songs, making Sydney the first female electronic music producer to ever have a top 10 hit on the website.
A large part of Sydney’s success is attributed to the relentless touring schedule that she’s upheld over the years. In the spring of 2010, Sydney set-up a residency in Miami, Florida with Opium Group at Mansion Miami, the hottest club in South Beach that lasted 2 years. Quickly thereafter, headlining North American performances followed including Pacha NYC, Space Miami, Avalon Los Angeles, Beta Denver and then in November 2011, at the Rogers Centre Toronto where she opened for Deadmau5 on his final Meowingtons Hax Tour date before 35,000 thousand fans, making it one of the largest solo dance event's in Canadian history
The BLU Party,
having originally launched in 2010 during Miami Music Week, has continued annually and is one of the most anticipated events during the week. Featuring A-list headliners to support the underground tone of Sydney, The BLU Party has featured performances from names such as Pleasurekraft, Riva Starr, Kevin Saunderson, Stacey Pullen, Carlo Lio, Technasia, Yousef, Christian Smith, Harry Romero, Uner, Nathan Barato, My Favorite Robot, The Scumfrog, The Junkies, Anthony Attalla, Cocodrills, Joeski, The Junkies, and Funkagenda.
Blu also signed to Blackhole Recordings with a forthcoming album and documentary series being published on her life. The series is a biographical documentary series titled "Being Sydney Blu". The show focuses on the work that Sydney goes through in her DJ career, along with what she does in her free time to get away from it all. She will be releasing a new episode every month at a new location based around her show schedule. The first episode debuted in April 2013 by Electro Magazine.
On the global stage, she's had several headlining performances in Europe, Brazil, Colombia, Asia, Mexico, Tunisia, Pakistan and Egypt in addition to having a solid itinerary of performances booked across Canada and the USA.
With her first artist album, titled Relentless released in July 2015 on Black Hole Recordings Sydney delivers a brand new sound to the Sydney Blu name. Relentless depicts true sounds of the underground. Relentless charted on the Canadian iTunes Top 200 Dance chart, debuting at #43 its first day released and went to #18 on the Beatport Top 100 chart. The singles from Relentless also did very well. 'Need I Say More' debuted at #18 on the DMC World Buzz Chart and was in the Beatport Top 100 chart for 3 months peaking at #17. 'Teardrop' also debuted at #13 on the DMC World Chart and in addition, 'Vnderground' & 'My Neighbors Hate Me' also charted on Beatport's Top 100 chart. 'Electric Era' featuring Fritz Helder from Canada's Dance sensation group Azari & III, will debut its music video on Beatport News Nov 9, 2015.