Fresh off the main stage domination at Tomorrowland in Belgium, Sir Bob Cornlieus Rifo aka The Bloody Beetroots, and his cohort Tommy Tea, took to yet another main stage this past weekend at the HARD Summer Music Festival in Downtown LA. Playing before a packed house, the duo had the crowd going from beginning to end, opening with their new hit single "Rocksteady" and closing out their set with the ever-famous "Warp 1.9." Just hours before taking the stage, we had the utmost honor of sitting down with Sir Bob himself getting the inside scoop on all things Beetroots -
DxE: What was it like headlining the mainstage last weekend at Tomorrowland?
BB: Absolutely insane. It was our first time there so that helped. It was actually a bit over the top, almost to much in a good way!
DxE: You recently began going back to the Beetroots DJ Set after touring with Death Crew 77. Was that just a short-lived project or will we see it again?
BB: Well the name Bloody Beetroots refers to lots of different projects. We have the DJ Set, Church of Noise, photography, etc. It's constantly evolving, keeping all the world updated year by year. Now it's even more different than before, it's definitely more of a DJ show at the moment. I am starting to finally talk to people in the DJ world too and make friendships and create relationships.
DxE: Tell us about the new single "Rocksteady" - what was the process behind it and how did you find the artists to produce remixes?
BB: The process behind making tracks is really random. Sometimes I go back home and have the title ready which actually was the case with "Rocksteady." The name reminds me of a variety of styles of songs. For the remixes though, this was the first time after "Church Of Noise" where I was trying to get different beats from other guys. In this new direction we're moving, there is a definite need for other people and their input in order to complete the wide spectrum of electronic sounds we want to achieve.
DxE: What is it about a HARD event that makes you want to come back and play the next one?
BB: I really like Gary [Richards], we have the same way of thinking. We quickly became good friends and it's a great pleasure to be here.
DxE: What can we expect next from you and the Beetroots name?
BB: There's a new single coming out at the end of September which I'm very excited about. It's very cool, different to "Rocksteady" -- still hard in a way, but sweeter too. Then another single around Christmas time and probably a new album around January/February. The new album is full of collaborations with crazy names (the artists I'm work with not the track titles), though more from an older sounding scene scene musically speaking (not electronic). Bringing old stuff to the new future with electronic beats.
One of my personal favorite moments during their set was them dropping the Tommy Trash remix of John Dahlback's "One Last Ride." Not a track I would have expected from the hard-hitting Beetroots but an absolute banger nonetheless.