Coach & Ref is the collaborative project of longtime studio partners Bleu and Daple. What started out as two artist/songwriters experimenting with recording techniques and equipment (especially vintage synths) in the studio, soon became a serious passion with a desire to share their love of artier micro-genres.
Channeling visions of retro-futurism with a potent fusion of indie and pop, the duo creates nostalgic soundscapes and lo-fi tones that seamlessly dovetail overt melodicism and bangin’ beats, with a mischievous grin that shines through it all.
Their debut single 3-D is out on October 19th and features Brooke Tomlinson on vocals. Sharing an insight to the track, Coach & Ref states,
“3-D is about stepping out of our manicured virtual-reality skins for a moment to be with someone in actual real-time three-dimensional humanity.”
Bleu is a celebrated artist, award-winning songwriter and producer, having penned Platinum and Gold tracks for Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers. A Berklee grad, Bleu has been signed to Columbia Records and featured on the multi-platinum soundtrack to Spider-Man. He has spent time touring with the likes of John Mayer,Train and Japanese pop band Puffi Ami Yumi and worked directly with show-runner Allan Heinberg (The Catch, Wonder Woman, Grey’s Anatomy), Wes Craven, ABCStudios, and most recently with director Steve Loter for Disney’s Legend of The Neverbeast, where Bleu wrote and produced all the songs in the film, including a featured duet with KT Tunstall and working alongside Joel McNeely on the film’s score. Bleu is currently featured in a world-wide eBay ad with his song Love You So.
Coach & Ref Live
The Roxy, L.A w/ Mike Taylor – November 28th [Tickets]