We are just under one week away from the 2015 edition of the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, and trust me, this lineup is absolutely SPECTACULAR!
We’ll be counting down our favourite acts playing this year every day up until the start of the festival, July 8th!
First up… the Jack Ü tour!
Jack U (also known as Skrillex and Diplo) is an American DJ duo, side group and collaborative project, consisting of Mad Decent founder Diplo and OWSLA founder Skrillex, formed in 2013. They are a trap act from Los Angeles, California (Skrillex) and Miami, Florida (Diplo).
Jack U performed at Ultra Music Festival Miami in 2014. They released their first official single “Take U There” featuring vocals from Kiesza on September 17, 2014. On February 3, 2015, the pair announced that they would be working with Missy Elliott on a remix to “Take U There”. They released their debut album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U on 27 February 2015.
Jack U’s debut single, “Take U There”, was released on September 17, 2014. In an interview with Zane Lowe of BBC’s Radio 1 station, Skrillex explained that the making of the song had a unique process; they were set to play a show in Ibiza, Spain when they saw Canadian pop singer Kiesza perform ahead of them. Impressed with her singing, they asked her to do the vocals for a song. Where Are U Now Song Lyrics was released on 2015. They recorded her in their hotel room and finished the song in one night.
During a set at Camp Question Mark of the Burning Man festival (one of eight different sets they played over the course of the festival), the duo played “Take U There” along with an unreleased track titled “To U”, of the electro and future bass genres, featuring vocals from AlunaGeorge. “Beat Steady Knockin'”, which features vocals by New Orleans bounce artists Fly Boi Keno, was also played. It was later re-titled “Beats Knockin” for the albums release. Recently on the BBC channel 1Extra, Jack U played numerous unreleased tracks in a two hour takeover mix including “Febreze” featuring 2 Chainz, “Jungle Bae”, “Cumbia (El Cuco)” featuring Maluca and a new collaboration with SNAILS entitled “Holla Out”. Febreze, Jungle Bae and Holla Out are all included on their debut record, with “Cumbia (El Cuco)” excluded from the album’s release. Diplo has also discussed an upcoming Jack U mixtape, however no official release date has yet been announced. Skrillex has also mentioned that Jack U has “got five songs that we made that aren’t even released, and we’ll end up releasing in 2014”.
On 27 February 2015, after attempting to livestream a 24-hour DJ set on Twitch, which was shut down by local authorities at the 18-hour mark, Skrillex and Diplo released their debut collaborative album entitled Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U on iTunes. Alongside the previously announced six tracks, the album’s release included unannounced songs “Where Are U Now” featuring Justin Bieber, “Mind” featuring Kai, “Don’t Do Drugs Just Take Some Jack U” and a remixed version of “Take U There” featuring Missy Elliott.
“Where Are U Now” is the second single from Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack U, the debut studio album by dance duo Jack U, known individually as Skrillex and Diplo on their respective labels OWSLA and Mad Decent.
The song, which features vocals from Canadian singer Justin Bieber, was released simultaneously with the album on 27 February 2015.
As of June 24 2015, the track has peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving both Skrillex and Diplo their first top 40 hit on the chart. Internationally, the song has peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, Scotland and the United Kingdom, as well as the top twenty of the charts in the Czech Republic, Norway, the Netherlands, Slovakia.
Ottawa Bluesfest launches July 8th with Jack Ü — aka Skrillex and Diplo (9:45 p.m.) and Zeds Dead (8:30 p.m.), hip-hop from ASAP Ferg (7:30 p.m.), dance-pop star Kiesza (7 p.m.), and more.
Tickets: from $70. www.ottawabluesfest.ca