the Story of Baby Blu
Babyblu has been renowned as one of the preeminent DJ's in
New York City for over twenty years. As a pioneer of the mash
up movement in the mid 90's, he helped destroy the old criteria of
club music and redefine what a DJ could be.
With an unparalleled ability and instinct for mixing seemingly
incompatible songs together, Babyblu stuck out like a sore thumb
among his peers, who never wavered from the holy trinity of club
music at the time, hip hop, dance classics and reggae.
Babyblu saw no reason to limit himself musically, and developed
a style that would have been easy to laugh at had it not been so
technically impressive. With an innate sense of satire, Babyblu's
song selection seemed to constantly turn on itself, reinventing the
rythm with each new mix.
A few wild New York characters "got it" and believed in him and his first residency was at the brand new Bowery Bar
followed by the Roxy on Friday nights. This was '95 and
things picked up quickly. Soon he was working with promoters
Nur Khan and Vegas, DJ'ing at Wax and then later at
Sway's Monday night party with Justine D. and Michael T.
as well as Litte Nell of Rocky Horror at her Suzie Wong
room on Houston.
Then in 2000, the Grand Hotels decided to have DJ's
and thus began his 4 year residency at the Tribeca Grand on
Saturdays and the Soho Grand on Mondays. Playing at
fancy hotels led to his next project, producing runway soundtracks
for the Milly and Monique Lhuillier fashion shows at
Babyblu was one of the last real mix and scratch DJ's to still
play vinyl. And this, along with his wild mixing style, added to his
distinction. In 2018 however, he finally embraced the digital
possibilities of modern DJ'ing. Time for chapter 2 of Blu.
"take a look at my new digital record player....
works just like the old ones"-blu