Blue Foundation is a band founded in 2000 by producer and singer Tobias Wilner. The band is based in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Since 2008 their line-up has consisted of Tobias Wilner (producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist) and Bo Rande (co-producer, multi-instrumentalist). They are possibly best known for their songs '"Eyes on Fire" from the Twilight Saga and "Sweep" from Michael Mann's Miami Vice.
3.1 Studio albums,
3.4 Remix work,
3.6 Selected soundtracks,
3.7 Selected TV shows,
3.8 Music for contemporary dance,
5 Side projects,
7 External links,
Blue Foundation is the brainchild of Tobias Wilner. Tobias Wilner grew up in a broken home, in Copenhagen Denmark. When he was 17, he was forced to move from his home. During the following 8 years, he moved restlessly from one place to another. Staying at friend's places in London, small artist places in Copenhagen. He made his living out of DJ'ing and composing music for Contemporary Dance Pieces and Art films. On top of creating music he is also a skateboarder. He got his first skateboard when he was 10 years old, and to this day he still sees skateboarding as a part of his life and a big influence on his music.
Blue Foundation started out in 2000 based on Tobias Wilner, aka Bichi's, cooperation with various artists and musicians. The music can be described as a mix of Dream pop, electronica and shoegaze. Blue Foundation released their first 7" via Moshi Moshi Records, and their first, self-titled, album was released shortly thereafter. During the past several years, Blue Foundation have expanded their audience, embracing both the underground, and the alternative mainstream. Blue Foundation's music has been featured in major films such as Twilight,Miami Vice and the TV series' The O.C., and So You Think You Can Dance. Blue Foundation released their third album, Life of a Ghost, on Astralwerks.
In 2003 Bo Rande joined Tobias Wilner, and together they recorded Blue Foundation's second album, Sweep of Days. In March 2004, Tobias Wilner recorded the song Decks-Athron with DJ Krush and former member of Blue Foundation Tatuki Oshima. Tobias Wilner contributed with abstract soundscapes and bass lines. The song was released on the DJ Krush album, Jaku, by Sony BMG Music Entertainment on September 7, 2004.
On October 2005, Tobias Wilner released an album with his side project, Bichi. The title of the album is Notwithstanding, and is released by Thomas Knak on his label, Hobby Industries. The style is Modern Classical, IDM and Downtempo. Some of the Bichi work would later turn into Blue Foundation songs. The Blue Foundation song, This is Goodbye, from the movie Manslaughter, was originally the instrumental song Revolve In The Sun/My Footfalls Are Superfluous, from the album Notwithstanding. Also, the Bichi song It Begins, featured in the movie Waking Madison, by Katherine Brooks, was re-recorded and later released as a Blue Foundation version.
On February 1, 2009, Tobias Wilner establish DPC Records, mainly to release his own material as Blue Foundation, Bichi and his band Ghost Society. Later that year Blue Foundation went double platinum in USA for the Twilight Soundtrack. The album was certified double platinum on April 16, 2009. Tobias Wilner also recorded the Blue Foundation song Watch you Sleeping, with singer songwriter Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon), and former member Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg. Watch you Sleeping was released as a single on DPC.
May 16, 2011, Tobias Wilner contributed with two songs, as Blue Foundation, for the soundtrack of the award winning documentary film Tankograd, by director Boris Bertram. One of the songs signals a change in female vocalists. The lead vocals are done by Sara Savery (Ghost Society and People Press Play). Tobias Wilner also composed the soundtrack for the short film Go All Day, featuring professional skateboarder Chaz Ortiz, Directed by Steve Berra and Colin Kennedy, and Produced by Gatorate and The Berrics. The score was later released as the Blue Foundation single Red Hook, in a cooperation between The Berrics and DPC Records.
Blue Foundation joined Apparatjik as a part of a live performance at The Festival of New Art, Graz Austria on October 15, 2011.
Blue Foundation has announced a new album release in May 2012.
When Blue Foundation started out Tobias Wilner was influenced by bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, Broadcast, Can, DJ Krush, Friction and Faust.