Blond:ish – Biography

Vivie-Ann Bakos, originally from Montreal, is the creative force behind Blond:ish, a DJ and producer known for her solo project. Her music, characterized by smooth, sunny tech-house beats, often features introspective, sentimental, and slightly trippy vocals.

In 2015, Blond:ish, initially a collaboration between Bakos and DJ/producer Anstascia D’Elene Corniere, made a remarkable debut with their album Welcome to the Present. Since going solo in 2019, Bakos has continued to impress with tracks like “Waves,” a collaboration with Grace Tither, “Tra Tra” featuring Hugel and Nfasis, and a rendition of Madonna’s “Sorry.”

The story of Blond:ish dates back to 2007 when Bakos and Corniere met at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. They soon established a DJ night called Blond:ish at Montreal’s Cherry Nightclub and started producing music together under that name in 2008. Their career took off when they moved to London in 2010, and by 2012 they had released EPs on Kompakt and Get Physical Music, as well as remixes for Pete Tong and Tomas Barfod.

In 2013, they further solidified their presence with additional EP releases on Kompakt and Get Physical Music, along with remixes for Kate Simko and Maya Jane Coles. In 2014, Blond:ish had the honor of mixing the second disc of Flying Ibiza, Vol. 1, with the first disc mixed by Audiofly. They also produced a remix of Depeche Mode’s “Should Be Higher” that same year. Blond:ish’s debut full-length album, Welcome to the Present, was released by Kompakt in 2015. Departing from the typical dancefloor cuts, the album surprised fans with moody downtempo excursions, reminiscent of the psychedelic moments of The Orb.

In 2019, Corniere decided to pursue her own artistic endeavors, leaving Bakos to carry on the Blond:ish project. Bakos continued to release remarkable tracks, such as the house-infused “Waves” featuring Grace Tither in 2021, and the collaboration “Tra Tra” with Hugel and Nfasis in 2022. In 2023, Bakos unveiled a captivating rework of Madonna’s “Sorry,” infusing the pop icon’s vocals with a pitched-down twist.

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