Sep 11, 2011
The Bloody Beetroots

One of the most popular electro acts in recent years, The Bloody Beetroots have left a unique mark on the live EDM experience with their raucous performances as Death Crew 77. LessThan3 chatted with Bob & Dennis about fashion, the difficulties of touring, and Warp 1.9.

The Bloody Beetroots feat Lisa Kekaula - Talkin' in My Sleep (Original Mix) [Dim Mak]
LessThan3: Warp 1.9 is one of the greatest electro anthems of all time. Did Steve Aoki approach you or did you approach Steve Aoki about collaborating on that track?
Bob: Steve approached me four years ago asking me if I wanted to sign with Dim Mak records, and I was like… “Yes. Yes please.” We became little brothers. We invited him to come to Bassano Del Grappa, my hometown, and he came down and did the screams on that song at our suggestion. And that’s the story!
LessThan3: Tell us about your transition from DJ duo to live act. Do you ever plan on going back to more standard DJ sets?
Bob: To be honest, I never left DJing. I still love spinning records. But, I felt that I wanted to do something different. I’ve always been a musician, so I wanted to bring the real essence of the Bloody Beetroots sound, and that’s why I put together the live set. I wanted to bring the concept in front of the crowd–Just a different approach.
LessThan3: Have you thought about doing an album featuring Death Crew 77?
Bob: No, because DC77 is just the live act. Bloody Beetroots is more about production. Of course I’m going to make another album, as I did with Romborama, But Death Crew is just the live act.
LessThan3: You guys have a pretty snappy sense of fashion. Ever thought of having a clothing line?
Bob: We’ve collaborated with a lot of brands; I’ve done work with Thomas (Tommy Tea), and now I’m working with VendeTTa Clothing–they’re making jackets and blazers. I don’t feel the need to make my brand. I love collaborating with designers. But I’m not a fashion designer.
LessThan3: What’s the biggest difference between playing to a crowd in Europe and playing to a crowd in the US?
Bob: It’s different perception of the music. It’s all about culture and society. I mean DC77 live is so…anarchic. European crowds and US crowds speak different languages, but they both find something really cool in our music.
LessThan3: Who would you guys like to collaborate with in the future?
Bob: I’m currently collaborating with Dennis Lyxzén, formerly of The (International) Noise Conspiracy, because we can see the ties very well between The Bloody Beetroots and his work. He’s going to be helping with the lyrics and vocals for The Bloody Beetroots’ next album.
LessThan3: What was the best release of 2011 to you?
Bob: I loved the two James Blake albums. He tried to sample differently. Everyone wants to do the dubstep thing, and he kind of crosses over.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite beer?
Bob: I don’t drink so much. But If I did, I’d pick Corona.
LessThan3: Whose idea was it to have your lighting be all white lights, no colored lights?
Bob: I mean if you want it to be black and white… that is black and white. So you have to flash the strobes. A lot. [laughs] I love doing that with lights; it’s like an hour of total chaos in light and sound.
LessThan3: What’s your favorite remix of Warp?
Bob: My favorite remix of Warp… hmm. There are a lot. Maybe mine? [laughs]
LessThan3: Tell us how Lupe Fiasco ended up on stage with you guys in Perth.
Dennis: Every night we would play, he was just on the side of the stage being really excited. Like, he saw us every night, and we just asked him one night. We gave him the song, we’re like “this is what you should sing,” and he didn’t sing any of it. He just started rapping and we were like… I guess that’s alright?
LessThan3: So you guys sit down in the studio to make a new song. What are the first steps?
Bob: I don’t pass lots of time in the studio. Because I love thinking about stories, if I have a title in my mind, it’s a good start. It starts a story in the song. For example, for a song called Furious, I was furious! So I started writing that into the song. But I had a title before. I live the life, I make the titles, then after that, I make music.
LessThan3: What’s the most unique element of your sound?
Bob: My sound is… a non-sound. For example, if you listen to Romborama, You can find lots of different musical timbres, and that’s my point. Music can come from non-music.
LessThan3: Have you ever experimented with dubstep?
Bob: I like dubstep, but I don’t fit that genre. It’s not in my roots. For example, Caspa and Skream and lots of UK people that make real dubstep–I like it! Now dubstep is becoming like electro. I don’t think the real dubstep is what’s popular, that’s… like I said, Caspa, Skream, Benga. They stick to the dub roots of dubstep.
Dennis: You’re both just talking nonsense to me, I don’t even know what dubstep is!
LessThan3: What’s the hardest part of touring?
Dennis: Well, we’re all really used to being on tour. But I hate being away from family.
Bob: I’d have to say it’s being creative; you can’t find time to be alone, really. There’s not much space to write music.
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