Jan 15, 2019 | By Sarah Housley
Dec 21, 2017
At WGSN, we spent last month hanging out with Anthony Blue. The Dallas native is currently making waves in the downtown New York City art scene so he seemed like the perfect choice to DJ and curate a musical presentation on the main stage at the WGSN Futures trend summit at the MoMA. Having gone to art school at the University of Nebraska, this was sort of a dream come true for Blue.
“The WGSN Futures experience overall, was amazing. I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to do anything at the MoMA so that was the most mind-blowing part. It was a blessing to showcase all of my work in that space and in front of an audience of that caliber. The reception went over well I think. I just remember being nervous the whole day but as soon as I got on the stage, everything just flowed,” he says.
When he’s not on the decks, he keeps busy experimenting with various creative mediums including animation, recorded music, DJing and photography. This year alone Blue has shot campaigns for a New Era & New Balance collaboration, an editorial for avant-garde New York retailer OAK, a Nike editorial featuring beloved twin influencer DJ’s Angel and Dren and many more. He’s even created an animation for Pharrell Williams and made some waves with his BIYDIY (Believe in yourself, Do it yourself) collective.
“I think modern artists today all have different roles. I think our main role is to create the next thing, push boundaries, and inspire people to continue to question the possibilities of the outcome of what they choose to work on. I think it’s important to make digital work that transfers into real life reactions,” he says.
Known to DJ back to back nights, multiple times a week, his life is set up so he never stops moving. And proving that he understands the importance of interacting with his digital community in the physical world, earlier this year he launched Blue Dream a popular party series and residency at nightlife lounge Kinfolk in Brooklyn. Blue also works hard to use his platform to not only bring his friends together, but also to connect like minded creatives who can support and furthering each other’s passions.
What’s most interesting about Blue is the space he gives himself to experiment with various mediums of art, succeeding at all of them. So what does he have planned for 2018?
“A dream project for me would involve creating / documenting/ and DJ-ing in multiple countries. Like a massive art collaboration tour around the world. Once that wraps, I would have the opportunity to showcase all the creations from these different places,” he adds.
We can’t wait to see it happen.
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