Michelle M. Blu
Blu 9 is a Chicago born and raised dj/producer within the underground house/techno scene. Often called the chameleon, being able to seamlessly move through house and techno and bringing a significant energy to events she plays.
Art and music always being a priority and focus, learning violin at 7, followed by composition and interest in piano and percussion. This is echoed in her productions which often fuse electric violin with percussion instruments and string elements, and can be found on many labels with a rich organic sound.
Farris Wheel Recordings, Natura Viva, AfterDark Recordings, Bassment Tapes, Bottomless, Craft Underground, Drops, Flashmob Records, Invaded, Krunch Audio, Opium Muzik, MTZ Records, Orange Earth Recordings, Phunk Junk Recordings, Risky Business Records, Tru Musica, Truzique and Vested
A regular on the decks at well-known Chicago venues such as Primary (resident dj), Spybar, Smartbar, Estate, Exit, Celeste, Prysm, Electric Hotel, Cerise, Smartbar, Replay-Lakeview, The Mid and Soundbar, as well as underground events such as Rituals and Paradigm Presents to local festivals Mamby, Spring Awakening Music Festival, and Pride. She's also played various parties for the Art Basel festival in Miami as well as Movement weekend in Detroit. Blu is no stranger to playing New York, Milwaukee, LA, Miami, and Detroit and working with various events and artists in those respective areas.
Blu continues to maintain a consistent weekly residency in Chicago’s boystown neighborhood as part of the Organized Grime Crew (resident dj) at various venues in that neighborhood interjecting underground house, techno and tech house back in an area that desperately needed it as well as bringing that sound back into the gay clubs/bars in Chicago.
The artists she's played support for speak to her sound: Nicole Moudaber, Giorgia Anguili, Stacey Pullen, Ken Iishi, Chris Liebing, Function, Loco Dice, Juliet Fox, Oliver Huntemann, Sandra Collins, PleasureKraft, Sydney Blu, Coyu, Agent Orange, Paco Osuna, Chris Leibing, Richie Santana, Gene Farris, The Saunderson Brothers, CocoDrills, Dennis Cruz, Supernova, and Richie Hawtin.
Blu 9 has become a Model 1 ambassador, the only Chicago based artist holding the only Model 1 mixer in the area. Exposing various Chicago artists to the unique mixer has been an exciting and a rewarding challenge. “I love watching those experiencing it for the first time and hearing the various element this mixer brings out in tracks and instruments. The mixer is smooth and silky. However, it is not for beginners. It is a very unforgiving piece of equipment and pushes you as a dj to listen to your music and sound. “
In keeping with the “giving back” to the scene mentality, Blu assisted in running the Live Labs at Twist and Fader, bringing in local djs to showcase their talents on a live stream while their set is recorded.
“I am always very appreciative and honored to play anywhere, with talented amazing souls and love the vibe that everyone brings. I am grateful for everyone I meet from other artists to supporters, since you don’t know when you will cross paths again.
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