Austin, TX eclectic minimalist composer Bayonne (the smartly engaging project by Roger Sellers) is a lot of things but…Is Not a DJ.
‘Spectrolite’, is the refreshing tune lifted from his debut album, released early next year on Mom+Pop Music.
On using the name Bayonne, he reveals: “I started developing a decent following in Austin, but most of the time when I would play, the press would say something like ‘Local DJ Roger Sellers,’ or ‘Roger Sellers is playing a late-night DJ set.’ I think it was maybe because my live set involves a table full of gear, a drum set and headphones, but the average person probably knows more about DJing than I do.'”
The self-described disciple of Phil Collins’ journey to Bayonne began when he was two years old, watching Eric Clapton Unplugged at his home in TK. “I’d just watch it over and over again,” he laughs. “I would get paint cans and bang on them, trying to imitate what I saw in the video. My parents got me a drum set when I was 6 years old and I became obsessed. I wanted to be Phil Collins for so many years as a child. He was my hero. I feel like you can hear that a lot in my music, that big drum sound, because so much of the way I play was learned from Phil Collins.”
10/6 – San Francisco, CA – Brick & Mortar
10/7 – San Francisco, CA – The Depot / SF State
10/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery (CMJ)
10/14 – New York, NY – Piano’s (CMJ)
10/16 – New York, NY – Arlene’s Grocery (CMJ)
10/17 – New York, NY – Pianos (CMJ)
11/6 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival
11/9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom (supporting Toro Y Moi)