Jun 03, 2016
Bart B More - My Influences
Bart B More continues his career reflection and perspective discussing his influences this week. Be sure to check out part 1 and part 2 in case you missed them. Enjoy the 5th edition of his mixtape as you read his discussion of Laidback Luke, Chocolate Puma, and his Secure Recordings Label.
Laidback Luke’s Influence
When I was young, the most inspirational show I’d seen was definitely Laidback Luke. Back then, we were both really into the French electro, Daft Punk kind of dance music. Luke was sort of the first one in Holland to make that genre of music and to really adopt that sound. I was really such a fan so I just followed suit. At some point I started sending him demos...I think by then I was going to gigs and giving people CDs with my music, and no one had reached out to me, except for Luke. He also started his forum to discover new talent and give feedback to new talent, so I really have to give a lot of credit to him. I have a great amount of respect for how he tries to boost new talent. I think that’s very selfless and generous. A lot of DJs and producers, especially today, are so focused on their own sound only, and Luke makes such an effort to help other aspiring DJs and producers. Really so much respect for that.
I was maybe like 19 or 20 when I gave him that CD. Kids are so much younger these days when they get into this stuff...I feel really old now by the way! Back in "my" day, if you wanted to make music, you really had to invest not only into software, but your hardware too. Software wasn’t as easily available as it is now, and it was these crappy versions of Logic where you actually had to read a manual before you could use it. The barrier was so much bigger. These days kids can just download Ableton and start producing instantly. No hate on that by the way, I think it’s really great now that it’s so much easier for people to create and express themselves musically. This makes it more fun, that the more people are producing and experimenting with dance music, the bigger the margin for new sounds and virtually new inspiration. It’s like everyone making music is constantly challenging each other to come up with something unique, whereas in the past you could get away with the same trick for years. That’s not really fun, is it? It’s so important to keep experimenting.
Secure Recordings Label
Secure is not dead, let me be clear. There were the last couple years that were pretty, pretty tough on me personally, and mostly because I hadn’t always been inspired. I had this huge boost in 2010 and 2011, and after that the electronic music scene just went in a certain direction where I didn’t feel it at all. I didn’t know what to do and so I didn’t do anything for a while. I hadn’t made a lot of music in that period either, and obviously all of that had consequences for Secure and its releases.
I kind of laid low for a while, and released my own album last summer. That was really a compilation of the tracks I made that I actually liked from this low period. It was also super diverse due to the fact that I didn’t have a club perspective in my head. I pulled back from these standards and expectations, went into the studio, and made music while I didn’t really have the dancefloor in mind. I just wanted to make something cool and unique, or at least unexpected. It was something I needed to get out of my system, at least that’s how it felt for me. Lock myself up in the studio, make music, and see what comes out of it.
When I released SAT NAM as an album, the house music sound came back. All of a sudden, it wasn’t just one sound in the top ten anymore, the mainstream was experimenting with new sounds and started to sound somewhat fresh again. It felt like such a relief that commercial DJs were looking to be 'out of the box.' When you didn’t make a certain kind of music in those previous years, no one was paying attention to it. It was super narrow-minded. If you weren’t making that specific sound, the music wouldn’t do anything, and I thought that was such a shame.
I kind of needed to find inspiration from within myself and from different sources than usual in the mainstream music scene. But to get back on topic, I couldn’t find the right tracks that I was confident about in that time, so we only had very few releases. Though I really hope to give it another revival soon, there’s so much new music coming out lately that I hope to get something started again, just not right now. The last couple of months I’ve just been so inspired that I go straight into the studio to work.
They are awesome. They are really good friends of mine and have been helping me for so long. They are my mentors. I met them initially through Laidback Luke, and this must have been 2005-2006 when I was on the forum and Luke was helping me with feedback on my productions and DJing.
Chocolate Puma were actually the ones who helped Luke years ago. Their advice had gone to Luke, and Luke sort of passed it on to me. I don’t know how it happened, but I started seeing them a lot more in the last couple of years and we’ve become really good friends. I’m a really big admirer of their production and DJing skills, so it’s been a lot of fun!
Also, we’ve been working on a collaboration. It’s funny the way it came about, recently Gaston had just randomly stumbled upon some stems of a song I made in 2005. That was 11 years ago! I forgot about it entirely. Gaston had made a quick draft where he basically had to recreate the whole track, since I still don’t know where the original stems are. It was so long ago. He messaged me saying, “Wow, this could really be something!” I was so surprised, we went into the studio together and pretty much finished it. It’s a super catchy song, and I’m really, really excited about it now. Especially because it took 11 years for it to sound like it’s done. Chocolate Puma have been playing it out and it goes down with the crowd so well. It’s a track where we both get out of our comfort zones, so you wouldn’t say this is a Bart B More record or a Chocolate Puma record. We are both not too melodic, and this track kind of is. I’m pumped to release it, but it just might take a while with our individual release schedules.
Some Perspective From My Career
It’s funny, I feel like I’ve been a sort of constant over the years with dance music. I’ve been so lucky to have called this my job for so many years now, and I’ve seen people around me blow up into massive proportions...for example, Porter Robinson is one of those guys. We went on a tour together where he warmed up for me, and he hardly knew how to DJ back then. He was a kid who had made a couple of cool tracks, then was just thrown into the deep, like, go DJ at all these clubs now. And suddenly he went so big in such a short time span, really in awe to see that. I’m really happy for those artists.
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