Deepest Blue

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Deepest Blue

UK duo Deepest Blue debuted with a self titled track and then they just gave it away!

Producers Matt Schwartz and Joel Edwards joined forces in 2002 to form the duo Deepest Blue. Schwartz had previously worked with Massive Attack and Wamdue Project on both chart topping albums and singles in the UK, while Edwards worked with dance artists Namdam and Ed Case before forming Deepest Blue. The pair released their self-titled debut single in July 2003, which reached No.7 on the singles chart and No.5 on the dance chart as well as being a hit in many countires across mainland Europe.

Their follow up, “Give It Away”, followed suit in February 2004, reaching No.9 in the UK singles chart and No.6 on the dance chart as well as being a top ten hit in Ireland and on the Scottish singles chart. A third single, “Is It A Sin?” came in May which made the top 30 on the UK singles chart, prior to the release of their debut album, “Until September” the following month. The album made the top thirty and has sold over 70,000 copies in the UK. One further single was released, “Shooting Star”, but this flopped. After a new single, “Miracle”, in 2008, which also never charted, Matt and Joel parted ways.

Schwartz went on to work as a successful songwriter with the likes of Olly Murs (“A Million More Years”), Kylie (“Timebomb”) and Conor Maynard & Ne Yo’s 2012 hit “Turn Around”. Edwards went on to also successful write and produce tracks with Chicane, Melanie C, Saving Aimee and Freemasons. In 2020, however, Deepest Blue reformed and a new version of “Give It Away” has been released with prolific Russian production team Filatov & Karas, and it’s not too bad either, preserving the atmosphere of the original while adding their own stamp to it. See for yourself…

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!