When the first notes of G-house rinsed the sound systems in clubs across the world in 2014, BIJOU was among the first to take the burgeoning genre for a spin. Something about its hip-hop swagger and dark, dirty energy spoke to the Arizona native. Despite being in sonically uncharted territory, crowds quickly found their groove within the fresh sound, and BIJOU emerged as its official local ambassador.
The Phoenix scene was beginning to take shape as a major player in the American dance music circuit, and BIJOU quickly rose through the ranks to become one of its brightest young stars. He caught the attention of the industry with the release of “Ball Out,” a collaboration with Thee Cool Cats via Sleazy G. It wasn’t long before the young artist was stacking support from dance music heavyweights, including SNBRN, Destructo and Malaa.
The past year has seen the producer’s already-prolific release schedule go into overdrive. Even while touring the country, he managed to drop filthy bangers at an alarming rate via labels like Night Bass and Fool’s Gold, as well as his highly anticipated free releases. His 2016 collaboration with longtime homie Dr. Fresch, “Hello,” is still snapping necks. In just a matter of years, BIJOU has become a much sought-after artist, having found that sweet spot between dirt-nasty house and hip-hop flava.
BIJOU is kicking off the first-ever Middlelands with a slappin’ mix that’s packed to the brim with choice cuts of G-house beef. He’s doing his thing live on the Trinity Vale stage, and it’s definitely a set you don’t want to miss.
Stream the mix below, and read our full interview with BIJOU over at Insomniac.com.
Tickets and camping passes for the first-ever Middlelands are available now.