“I still am and always will be a fan and listener of the music,” says the ‘drumstep’ practitioner known simply as Bare from his home base of Los Angeles. “I love the music I make and hear at shows and clubs. It’s not that hard for me to get into that mood, and I feel lucky that I can get to that mindset with ease.”
Real name Sean Rodela, the passion is clear in his voice. The enterprising DJ-producer has done damage across several genres with blistering anthems like Lobotomy and the Eazy-E sampling Thugs In The Hood. From dubstep to hip hop and drum n bass, Rodella is clearly a man who doesn’t do anything by half measures.
“They all link together at some point. Hip hop has a slower BPM like dubstep. Drum n bass has that tear out aggressive bass similar to the bass in dubstep. I like to bring all elements of music into one while writing.” First hitting the music scene last decade he has proven his ability to adapt and evolve. “[My style] has evolved a great deal. I have spent much time in the lab working hard to make new sounds, get a stronger mixdown.”The evolution doesn’t just stop there either. “I see my sound evolving every month for the rest of my life. You can never really know it all, or be ‘the best’. I’m enjoying learning new tricks and techniques.”
Fans are sure to hear all that and more as Bare performs his first ever Australian shows, including a slot at Brown Alley this Friday. “I’m very excited this will be my first time ever in Australia.” He will be joined by KPC, who are also making their first visit to Melbourne. It’s been a whirlwind of cities and faces for Rodela over his past two years of steady touring. “Each city and country has their own awesome vibe that makes them unlike any other place in the world. Le Machine at the Moulin Rouge in Paris, France was an unreal show for me.”
While some of his counterparts like to record while on the road, using the sights and sounds as inspiration, Rodela prefers a separation. “I do most of my work at the studio here at home. I like to leave the touring process as a sort of air out, breathing time from the production process so I can come back with a clear head.” On the subject of recording the distinctive producer reveals that he has finished up an EP for the Scion AV label, while looking to continue his genre experimentation. “I plan to write more music and push to hop on bigger labels to reach more fans. I am also playing with a few new genres as well. I will be making some electro, 110, trap and moombah. All while still keeping up with what my fans know me for, dubstep and drumstep.”
Also known for his collaborations with the likes of Canadian dubstep maestro Datsik and LA hip hop crew Vital Mindz he says, “I will always have time, and would love to continue collab-ing with new artists, as well as ones I already have collaborated with.”
Having made in-roads at a time when the electronic scene in the U.S. was still in its formative stages, Rodela has seen things come full circle. “I would go to shows. I wanted to be the one playing the music that I made to the crowds. [That] was a long time ago until my dream came true. My music has really gone a long way since then.”
BY ANDREW 'HAZARD' HICKEY
Bare [USA] hits Brown Alley on Friday July 27.