Los Angeles-based duo Fiji Blue set wistful lyrics to laid-back dance grooves, dubbing their sound “sad boy chill house.” Mixing indie, R&B, and singer/songwriter influences, their self-released singles such as 2020’s “Butterflies” have racked up millions of streams.
Songwriters Trevor Dering and Valentin Fritz met as students at the Berklee College of Music. They relocated to Los Angeles and formed Fiji Blue, with Dering as the singer and guitar player, and Fritz producing. A demo of a trap-influenced R&B song titled “Indigo” was uploaded to SoundCloud in 2018, and official singles “Space Makes Me Sad,” “Numb,” and “Day by Day” all appeared in 2020, gradually taking the Fiji Blue sound in a more house-influenced direction. Numerous other tracks arrived in 2020, including the heavily streamed singles “I Should’ve Told You” and “Waves,” as well as a cover of Clairo’s “Sofia.” The shimmering “It Takes Two” was released in 2021.