Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brit-Nominated Star: Free CD in Box of Coco Pops Helped Me Learn to DJ

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brit-Nominated Star: Free CD in Box of Coco Pops Helped Me Learn to DJ

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Byline: News and gossip from the world of entertainment by Alistair Foster

HE IS up for two Brit awards this week for his breakthrough single. But Jonas Blue has very humble musical origins -- he learned how to DJ from a CD which came free inside a packet of Coco Pops.

Blue, 27, whose real name is Guy Robin, got his first DJ residency at 15 after cutting his teeth remixing tracks on the free software.

Last year he released a cover of Tracy Chapman's Fast Car, with singer Dakota, which went platinum in the UK and topped the charts in 21 countries. He said: "All my life I wanted to remake that song but I didn't want to record it until I was 100,000 per cent sure it sounded right.

"I had the instrumental done, and was out at a pub in London with my manager. We heard a voice coming from the basement -- I immediately thought whoever was singing would sound amazing on the song. …

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