Holland Days with Jamal: an Interview with Bloody Beetroots
We’re proud to present a new section on the Dim Mak blog called “Holland Days with Jamal”. In these weekly series our newest intern Jamal will interview various artists and at the same time learn a lot about the American culture and the Dim Mak family.
Jamal’s latest interview is with Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo a.k.a. Bloody Beetroots. He did this interview as part of his blog series on The Kool Kids. He has just released a new single “Chronicles Of A Fallen Love” featuring the haunting vocal of Greta Svabo Bech on Ultra Records, available here. Preview the video here.
The new Live tour just started. How is this different compared to before?
It actually started in January at the Big Day Out in Australia. The differences are substantial in terms of sound pressure, light design, stage, songs and i have musicians on rotation. I’m performing 8 new tracks during these live shows, and yes, thats because there’s a new album coming out along with the tour. It’s a whole evolution in a show. It started with The Bloody Beetroots DJ-Set, then i did Death Crew 77 and then Church of Noise and now it’s The Bloody Beetroots LIVE.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself.
You’re having a new mask with this tour?
Yes, it is very similar to the old one but has been majorly improved and equipped with technology.. Each eye has one hundred Nano LEDS controlled through Wi-Fi from side stage using software called “Q”. It took me months to create.
Is it comparable to the masks of Danger and Deadmau5?
No not at all. It’s way more subtle. It has an atmospheric ambience, which shows the energy… visually. It feels sinister. I’ve been wearing it now since January starting with my first performance in Australia and I received some great feedback from people all over the world. I even have a mask solo during my performances. Shouting on stage alone wasn’t enough.
I believe evolution is necessary to express yourself
Last year you started the Gazette?
The Gazette is the official and exclusive source of everything that is happening inside the Bloody Beetroots Machine, it will be relaunched in the coming months with a new design.
But Speaking of web platforms, the real novelty for me this year was relaunching Church Of Noise.
Which is a collaboration with US developers, Backplane, who are the innovators of the software behind Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, they have developed the same technology for relaunching my community making it definitely interactive with Soundcloud, Youtube, pictures etc. Go have a look, it’s awesome: http://www.therealchurchofnoise.com
You once did a collaboration with Steve Aoki called “Rifoki”. Was this a one time thing?
This is a funny one, as we had some spare time and that’s how this project kicked off. Even though it was a side-project, I played “Sperm Donor” like hundreds of times during my old Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 sets.
But that project is currently paused because I’m spending all my energy on taking the Bloody Beetroots to another level.
Would you say Bloody Beetroots become more soft and more melodic?
I don’t agree. The new album contains a lot of songs that are probably some of the most varied and darkest music ever written for this project but there will be room for melody. The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music.
Is Edward (Grinch) still in the band?
Yeah he is, he’s playing drums actually.
There are a lot of people involved in the new Bloody Beetroots Live, I have lots of musicians on rotation!
It’s all about music… you know.
Three years ago on the first Bloody Beetroots website you posted a track called “Warp 1981” and took it off 10 minutes after. Did you do this on purpose?
Yes I did! Funny huh?
The world of Bloody Beetroots is very wide and there was never a specific musical direction, I just make music
What can you tell us about the beautiful things in Bassano del Grappa?
I don’t spend much time there, it’s just a place for friends and family. But it’s beautiful and peaceful, the perfect place to chill after all the stress of touring.
I believe “SPANK” isn’t released yet?
Yeah, I think it’s being released in March on Ultra Records. It’s a great track, if you come to one of my shows you’ll see the reaction. When i first played it in Australia the crowd went crazy. People are still asking about this track 2 months later.
It’s very powerful with a lot of elements from the past, such as gospel, techno… I love referencing music that influences me. You’ll be able to hear it soon.
How’s your designing going? Are you working on new shirts with Vendetta?
Vendetta is busy becoming a real fashion brand. We did a collaboration in the past and they still make exclusuve jackets for me but we’re both growing up as bands.
About merchandise… I’m trying to push all the singles as t-shirts, with really strong imagery and the logos.
I’ll shortly release the first SBCR masks which are designed exactly like the mask that I currently use with framed eyes and hi quality fabric, easy to wash and wear and which are the exact same masks as the band are wearing on stage… watch this space.
Is Dennis (Lyxzén) still a part of Church of Noise?
Yeah, definitely. It’s a two-man creation developed by Dennis and me.
I’ve read that every track starts with a title. So my question is; What kind of titles are popping in your head right now?
I’m not allowed to say that at the moment. There are a lot things going on in my chaotic mind and some are about the album. If you come to the show I’ll give you a taster of what’s in my mind.
In our first interview you mentioned you want to release two more “Spares of Romborama”. What happened to it?
Sometimes my ideas collide with the reality of my own brand and what im creating. I can say that I have a lot of music to be released. One day I’ll release them all, even those spares.
How far do you think ahead?
I always think about the future, 4 or 5 years ahead… That said things do change quickly and I need to express so many things that are happening. I just think everything requires time and patience.