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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bart B More on Why the Dutch Make Amazing House, and How Not To Be a One-Hit Wonder

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Yep, pretty sure there's something in the water over there.
  • Yep, pretty sure there's something in the water over there.

When the words "Dutch DJ" come to mind, most think of Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, or Ferry Corsten, who all seem to possess a strange ability to take over dance charts with why-is-this-stuck-in-my-head tunes. But if you prefer something with more bass and heavier beats -- and something less likely to send you into a vodka-cranberry coma, you'll be delighted to hear the sensational sounds of Bart B More. With heart-pounding tendencies, and remixes that destroy massive crowds at showcases for Trouble & Bass and festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, his impressive rise to stardom included such accomplishments as remixing Drop the Lime's "Sex Sax" and being featured on Pete Tong's Essential New Tunes. Let Bart B More elevate your blood pressure this Friday at Rickshaw Stop.

Because of your name, do people often think you're from Baltimore, or that you play Baltimore Club?

Yes, this has happened to me a few times, but I don't really mind. I like the B-more sound, and my music has been influenced by it, too -- although my name has nothing to do with it and it's purely a coincidence. I'm going to play my first show in Baltimore soon, I think that will be funny and confusing to some!

Why do you think electronic music is more widely embraced in Europe? Holland is quite notorious for putting out some fantastic producers. Is there something in the water that we're missing?

I think house music has always had a bigger presence in the pop charts in Europe, at least in Holland. Plus there's always been a big club culture where any underground club would play house or techno. Now that pop music in the U.S. is much more influenced by electronic dance music, a bigger crowd got familiar with it, which makes it more likely for them to get in touch with my music too.

And just how is Dutch house so damn danceable?

I don't know. Maybe because Holland is such a multi-cultural country that we've been influenced by different kinds of music? Maybe?

We are digging the mix you did for your USA Tour Mixtape. What was the concept and inspiration behind this mix?
Thanks! Well the idea was to prepare the USA for what they would hear if they would come to one of my shows. It's basically a mix of all my favorite tracks, and it contains a lot of my own productions, old and new. I've been playing a lot of these tracks on all my shows here, along with a lot of other stuff too off course. It's just a representation of where I feel I am right now musically.

Since you rose to stardom quite quickly, what is one key element people often forget when they're on the same path? Often people end up as one-hit wonders or quickly are forgettable.
Maybe they forget to keep working hard. If you've had one big track, don't lean back and think you've made it, because with so many people trying to be the next big thing these days, people will forget about you easily. So keep working hard, keep making the music you love making, and don't let your ego grow big and get in your way.

You mix everything from the ambient Miike Snow to harder sounds like Armand Van Helden and Steve Aoki's "Brrrat!" What do you look for when choosing tracks to remix?

I always look for certain elements I really like in a track. I don't like remixing stuff that's already in the same style. Sometimes I just hear certain elements, and I feel like I can totally build my own sound around those elements. Then I just go from there and see where I end up.

Since you've played with many big name DJs, if you could party with one person always, who would it be and why? 

Wow that's a really difficult question because there are a lot of DJs who are fun to party with. If I had to choose I'd say Drop the Lime, his parties are always crazy!

You tour quite extensively, with dates in Australia and Asia at the end of last year; now you're kicking off your U.S. tour. What's your favorite and least favorite part about it all?
My favorite part is to be able to bring the music I love making and playing to different parts of the world. If you can entertain people on the other side of the world with the music you really enjoy creating and playing yourself that's for me one of the coolest things to do. The least favorite part is the lack of sleep. Sometimes after a few shows in a row you're super tired, but the show must go on and luckily the good parts definitely outweigh the bad parts.

Is there anything you're looking forward to doing in S.F.?
Well actually I've been a few times to S.F. now but it's always been going in and out. I actually get in a bit earlier this time, so if anyone has any tips on what I should go see or do, please let me know through Twitter!

What can we expect to see on Friday?

My selection of my current favorite music, plus a lot of my own productions and remixes. Please check out my USA tour mixtape for a reference!

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