Blue Foundation

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Blue Foundation
Blue Foundation.jpg
Background information
Years active2000–present
LabelsMoshi Moshi, Astralwerks, EMI, Virgin, DPC
Associated actsBichi, Ghost Society, Boards of Canada, People Press Play, Mew
MembersTobias Wilner
Bo Rande
Past membersAnders Bertram
Tatsuki Oshima
Scott Martingell
Frederik Hantho
Daisuke Kiyasu
Kirstine Teglbjærg
Hans Landgreen
Mathias Hantho
Lasse Berbst
Sune Martin
Anders Wallin
Nikolaj Bundvig
Emil Bernild Ferslev

Blue Foundation is a Danish band. Their cinematic dream pop, shoegaze and electronics inspired compositions are known for being featured in films like Twilight, Miami Vice and on TV shows like CSI: Miami and The Vampire Diaries.

Danish Tobias Wilner founded the group in 2000 recruiting a rotating cast of traditional musicians throughout the band's history to inspire creativity. Since 2003 the core of the band has been Tobias Wilner and Bo Rande, based in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and Copenhagen, Denmark.[1]

Blue Foundation released their fifth album "Blood Moon" worldwide September 2, 2016. The album features appearances from Mark Kozelek (Sun Kill Moon/ Red House Painters), Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone/ Nice As Fuck), Jonas Bjerre (Mew), Sonya Kitchell, Sara Savery (aka Drop the Gun) and Findlay Brown.


Blue Foundation released their first 7" via Moshi Moshi Records,[2] and their first, self-titled, album was released shortly thereafter. Three years later, in 2003, the band signed with EMI/Warner Music releasing 2 critically acclaimed albums, released in the US through Astralwerks Records.

2008 Blue Foundation established their own imprint, Dead Peoples Choice, that so far has released 2 full-length albums and 1 remix album. Blue Foundation gained major recognition with a remix by Zeds Dead of their song "Eyes On Fire", reaching a no. 3 ranking on iTunes Electronic Music Chart (2014). Today "Eyes On Fire" has more than 35 million YouTube plays, while the "Zeds Dead"-remix has exceeded 110 million YouTube plays. During the years Blue Foundation have expanded their audience, embracing today both the underground and the alternative mainstream.

Blue Foundation has been featured in major films like Twilight,[3] Miami Vice[4] and on TV shows like CSI: Miami and The Vampire Diaries. Their music is sampled by ex Lil Durk feat. French Montana on "Fly High", Young Thug on "She Noticed" and on Curren$y’s "Hustler".

Today's live line-up includes Italian Federico Ughi on drums (The Cinematic Orchestra) and American Sonya Kitchell. Despite her only 28-years, US Grammy-winner Sonya Kitchell already released three solo albums plus appearances on Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell albums to her name. Blue Foundation have toured extensively around Europe, Asia and the US through the years, performing alongside bands like Faithless, Mew, The Killers and DJ Krush.

Bo Rande is an accomplished musician, songwriter and producer, as well as a trumpet-player known for his tone and style. His style encompasses jazz, world music, pop music and ambient. He is also a member of the Danish band The William Blakes (two-time winner of the Danish Music Awards) and the sought after klezmer orchestra Mames Babegenush. He has toured the world with Mames Babegenush,[5] playing both Carnegie Hall, Argentina and around Europe. Besides that he has been a sought after musician, playing with Mew, Apparatjik, Efterklang and many many others, both live and on recording.

Blue Foundation's founder Tobias Wilner in his home in NYC May 2011

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. 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.[6] 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 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.[7] The Blue Foundation song Watch you Sleeping, with singer songwriter Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon), and former member Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg was released as a single on DPC.[8]

Blue Foundation contributed with two songs for the soundtrack of the award-winning documentary film Tankograd, by director Boris Bertram. [9] One of the songs signals a change in female vocalists. The lead vocals are done by Sara Savery (Ghost Society and People Press Play). Blue Foundation also did the soundtrack for the short film Go All Day, featuring professional skateboarder Chaz Ortiz, Directed by Steve Berra and Colin Kennedy, and Produced by Gatorade and The Berrics. The score was later released as the Blue Foundation single Red Hook, in a cooperation between The Berrics and DPC Records.[10]

DPC Records announced that the band is working on a new album in their Brooklyn studio. It is meant to be released in 2016.[11]


When Blue Foundation started out they were influenced by bands like My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab, Broadcast, Faust, DJ Krush, Friction and Can.[12]


Studio albums[edit]

  • Blue Foundation (April Records 2001)
  • Sweep of Days (Virgin 2004)
  • Solid Origami collected, reworked and remixed (Pop Group 2006)
  • Life of a Ghost (EMI/Astralwerks 2007)
  • In My Mind I Am Free (Dead People's Choice 2012)
  • In My Mind I Am Free / Reconstructed (Dead People's Choice 2013)
  • Blood Moon (2016)


  • Dead People's Choice (EMI 2006)
  • It Begins (Dead People's Choice 2011)
  • Live In Zhangbei (Dead People's Choice 2015)


  • Hollywood & Hide 7" (Moshi Moshi Records 2000)
  • Hollywood & Wiseguy 12" (April Records 2000)
  • As I Moved On 12" (Virgin 2003)
  • End of the Day (Virgin 2004)
  • This is Goodbye (Virgin 2005)
  • Embers 7" (Jack To Phono Records 2005)
  • Crosshair (Virgin 2006)
  • Enemy (EMI 2007)
  • Eyes on Fire (EMI 2009)
  • Watch you Sleeping feat. Mark Kozelek / Dream (3:11PM) (DPC Records 2009)
  • Heads on Fire (DPC Records 2011)
  • Broken Life (2011)
  • Red Hook (DPC Records 2011)
  • Lost (Dead People's Choice 2012)
  • Live From Brooklyn (Dead People's Choice 2016)

Remix work[edit]

  • Klart Der! Jorden Kalder Blue Foundation & Mixologists Remix (2000)
  • Fauna Flash Mother Nature Blue Foundation Remix (Compost 2001)
  • Mew Symmetry Blue Foundation Remix (Evil Office 2001)
  • Zeds Dead "Eyes On Fire" Blue Foundation Remix (2009)
  • Jonas Bjerre Window Pane Blue Foundation Remix (PLUK 2011)
  • Ghost Society Under The Sun Blue Foundation Remix (DPC 2012)
  • Apparatjik Datascroller Blue Foundation Remix (DPC 2012)
  • Allies For Everyone Supernatural Blue Foundation Remix (KID Recordings 2013)
  • Ninety's Remix "Bonfires" Blue Foundation Remix (Trap City 2013)


  • Confusion (Compost Records 2003)
  • Benetton's Colors: A Nordic Compilation (Irma Records 2003)
  • Warp Factor (King Kladze Records/Time Warp 2003)
  • Who Shot Jacques Laverne? (Jack To Phono Records 2004)
  • We Got Monkeys: Five Years Of Moshi Moshi Records (Moshi Moshi Records 2005)
  • Paris mixed by Nick Warren (Global Underground 2007)
  • Sequential vol 2. mixed by Hernan Cattaneo (Renainnance 2007)
  • Director's Cut: Music from the Films of Michael Mann (Rhino 2007)
  • Sirenes (Spectacle Entertainment 2008)
  • Michael Moshi's Moshi Mixtape (Moshi Moshi Records 2010)
  • Compost Downbeat Selection, Vol. 1 (Compost 2010)
  • Sound of Dubstep 3 (Ministry of Sound 2011)
  • Together We Are Not Alone (THISTIME 2011)

Selected soundtracks[edit]

  • Manslaughter (Zentropa/EMI) August 26, 2005
  • Nordkraft (Nimbus Film) 2005
  • Miami Vice (Atlantic Recording) July 18, 2006
  • Twilight (Chop Shop Records/Atlantic Recording) November 4, 2008
  • Normal (Bontonfilm) March 26, 2009
  • Tankograd (DPC Records) May 16, 2011

Selected TV shows[edit]

  • The O.C. - Season 2, Episode 7: The Family Ties, feat. Save This Town by Blue Foundation (Warner Bros. Television/Fox Network) January 6, 2005
  • CSI: Miami - feat. End of the Day by Blue Foundation (CBS) 2008
  • Anna Pihl - feat. Crosshair by Blue Foundation (Cosmo Film/Danish National TV) 2008
  • So You Think You Can Dance - 1 episode, Top 14 Perform feat. Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation (19 Television/20th Century Fox Television) July 1, 2009
  • The Cleveland Show - feat. Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation (20th Century Fox) October 30, 2011
  • The Vampire Diaries - Season 4, Episode 8: Eyes On Fire by Blue Foundation December 6, 2012

Music for contemporary dance[edit]

  • Overloadlady by Sara Gebran. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (pre-Blue Foundation). Premiered August 1999[13]
  • Hurtdetail by Tim Feldmann. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation). Premiered at "Plovdiv Center of Contemporary Art" in Bulgaria, on May 13, 2000.[14]
  • Hendrix House by Tim Feldmann. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation) and David Linton. Premiered at Pakhus 11 April 22nd 2003
  • eXPLORnography by Tim Feldmann. Musical scores by Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation). May 2005


Current members
Past members

Side projects[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography". All Music.
  2. ^ "Moshi Moshi Records | Releases: Hide/Hollywood". 2000-06-16. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  3. ^ "'Twilight' Soundtrack Tracklisting Unveiled". SPIN.
  4. ^ "Moby, Goldfrapp on 'Miami Vice' Soundtrack". SPIN.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "'Bichi-Notwithstanding". Discogs.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum - June 18, 2010". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  8. ^ Leah Greenblatt (2009-06-06). "Twilight's Blue Foundation: Stream an exclusive new version of 'Watch You Sleeping'". Entertainment Weekly.
  9. ^ Kimberly O’Haver (2011-01-27). "Dancing in time to the Geiger counter". The Moscow News. Archived from the original on 2011-12-14.
  10. ^ "Blue Foundation on iTunes". The Berrics. 2011-10-30. Archived from the original on 2012-03-04.
  11. ^
  12. ^ Lucy Tonic (2010-05-03). "My Interview with Blue Foundation". Associated Content. Archived from the original on 2014-07-29.
  13. ^ "Overloadlady". Sara Gebran.
  14. ^ "Hendrix House". Tim Feldman. Archived from the original on 2012-10-30. Retrieved 2012-02-16.

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