Blue Fox: A Conversation with DJ Alex Davessar

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An entrepreneur, DJ, and electronic music producer, Alex Davessar, also known as BlueFox, is in a constant state of realization and creation.  In his fifth year at The Ohio State University studying science business administration, Davessar describes djing as an escape from his day-to-day studies.  What once started out as a childhood hobby has turned into a passion and way of life for Davessar. UJ Staff Journalist Gabi Morando sat down with Alex to learn more about his journey.

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Can you talk a little bit about how you started DJing? Were you involved in music at all as a kid?

Yeah! So that’s actually a really funny story. I transferred schools back in middle school and whenever you transfer to a new school it’s always hard adjustment. My dad recognized that and he got me a set of DJ decks as a way to come home and just kind of de-stress and have something to do. Since then, it just never really stopped, and it kind of picked up from there. I did it for fun for a while, but then coming to college I reached out to a local bar, and they gave me an opportunity to play. It’s kind of just picked up since.

Did you ever play for your family or anything when you were a kid? Was that bar your first time playing in front of an audience?

I’d done parties before for family and stuff, but that was the first time being paid to play in front of an audience, which is significantly different. It was definitely overwhelming in a way. You have so many things going on around you—people shouting and yelling, people requesting songs, you have like lights flashing, and obviously loud music. It’s just something you have to get used to for sure. 

Can you take me through how you mentally prepare and what you’re thinking while you're performing?

Depending on what genre you’re playing or if you’re opening for an artist, you have an idea of what style of music you want to play. But in general, it just comes to being on the fly and figuring out what the crowd wants to hear in that moment… What you’re looking for when you’re watching the crowd and trying to understand what they want to hear is people’s reaction. You’re thinking about what people listen to in the happiest moments of their lives, and what people listen to in the saddest moments of their lives and trying to mix those together in a way that tells a story and makes them feel something.

Can you talk about where your stage name BlueFox came from and how you came up with it?

When I was a kid back at my family’s old house, we used to have a family of foxes that lived in our backyard… and I was kind of terrified of them for no reason even though foxes are harmless. Then, one night I had a dream, and there were foxes in the dream and they were blue.  They were like these little fluffy blue creatures, and I was like, ‘Oh, wait, these things aren’t that scary at all.’  I don’t know, it’s just kind of a random story from my childhood, and I thought it would be a unique thing to highlight with my stage name.

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How have you been able to be so successful in this industry thus far? What do you think sets you apart from other artists?

In terms of live performances, it’s [got] a lot to do with your enthusiasm when you play. I think there’s a lot of DJs that get up there and just stand around. They’re not really into what they’re doing, and the crowd can feel that. When you’re really enthusiastic, when your body language shows that you’re enthusiastic, when you’re engaging with a crowd and smiling… people notice that. On a broader scale, it’s more about the music. I think what will continue to separate me will be the stuff that I produce, and the unique style I’m going for with that.

I saw on your website that you have a list of educational interests outside of your major. Going forward, do you see DJing being a full time career or just something in addition to another profession?

Right now, DJing is just a side hustle. It’s a very fun side hustle – and it pays pretty well so that’s always good – but during the day, my plan is still to work on my passions with startups and technology. If one day music gets to the point where I could do it full time, I’m definitely not opposed to it. I’m sure that’d be a very fun career and definitely an interesting way to live, and I would jump at the opportunity. But for now, I’m definitely pursuing the day job, then DJing at night.

Do you play a lot of your own work when you're playing sets? How does that make you feel?

That’s always awesome, but  it can be good or bad as you can imagine. If a song does well and people like it that’s always a cool feeling, but there’s definitely times where you play something, and there’s not as good of a reaction as you’d hoped… It’s a good way to test things out with a  live audience there to hear it. Then you can really tell based on their reaction if something’s gonna do well streaming.

What do you hope your audience takes away from hearing you play? What experience do you want to give them?

First and foremost I want them to have a great night and help them enjoy themselves. Secondly, I want them to feel whatever it is they came out to feel. Everyone is out for a different reason, right? Some people go out after they fail an exam, and they want to get hammered. Some people are out because they’re with friends and they’re trying to have a good time or celebrate something. People are out for so many different reasons, so I think it’s about connecting with them and helping them feel whatever it is they’re trying to feel.

What has your experience been in the Columbus DJ scene?

In music you sometimes get a stereotype that it’s toxic and that people are kind of cutthroat. I’m sure it’s like that in some ways, but my experience has been that everyone is super supportive…The music community in Columbus is super strong. I definitely wouldn’t have gotten where I am today and continue to have the opportunities that I do without the amazing people that are there to support who are a little further along in the process or even people who are on the same journey…getting that support in the community is really what allows artists in Columbus to grow, and I think that’s why you’re seeing such a strong scene in Columbus.

Can you talk a little bit about what's coming up for you?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with a lot of cool producers, a lot of people that you hear on the radio day to day. Learning from them has helped me really shape what I do as a producer. Making music is definitely not easy, and I’m definitely grateful. I’ve had the opportunity to watch them produce and work with them on tracks, using their knowledge to help me make my own stuff. 

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Gabi Morando is a sophomore journalism and strategic communication double major at Butler University. A former ballerina, Gabi enjoys being able to tell stories in a new way – using words rather than movement. As part of The University Journal, she hopes to give people a platform to share their stories and views on the world.

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