A prediction for 2010: The Netherlands takes over the world.
At least when it comes to electronic dance music.
Yet another Dutch export is garnering the attention of the industry alongside Junkie XL, Martijn ten Velden, Laidback Luke, Menno de Jong and, of course, Armin van Buuren and Tiësto (to name just a few). Bart B More is rising in the DJ/producer ranks and embarking on a North American tour, which includes a January 31 gig in Las Vegas. Even if you’re not familiar with the 26-year-old, you may want to catch him Sunday at Moon before he becomes the next mega-star DJ that clubbers will clear their bank accounts for just to get an ear in the door.
If people in Vegas are unfamiliar with you, what should they know about your music and your gig at Moon on January 31?
With my DJ sets I’m able to go into a few directions, but basically what I’m playing is a mix between funky jackin’ house beats, some crazy bass lines with a bit of disco thrown in there as well. … I’m a Vegas rookie, so please come to Moon on the 31 January and share all your gambling tips with me.
Your Web site promises “dance floor dopeness” wherever you play. Can you elaborate on the specifics of said dopeness?
I guess it’s just a term that represents the nature of my sound. I like house music to be a little bit raw and tough, but still try to incorporate a lot of funk to keep the women on the dance floor. For me it’s the perfect balance.
It seems like the Netherlands is churning out great DJs and dance music. Why do you think the Dutch are doing so well in the industry recently?
House music is huge in Holland. Our dance music scene is very rich with loads of house parties every day. It also made the Dutch crowd very critical, and you have to work really hard to convince them of what your capable of. I think that’s why the Dutch keep innovating and keep working hard to come up with even better stuff. We have a very critical crowd to entertain and the bar is being raised every day.
Fellow Dutch DJ/producer Laidback Luke told me, “It’s quite weird to hear people sing in our native language.” With your original productions, do you think you’d ever use vocals sung in Dutch?
Maybe, but I don’t think so. Dutch isn’t exactly a sexy language (laughs) and besides that, I like music to be universal.
Your music has been commonly described as electro-house. However, many critics feel electro is on its way out. What are your thoughts on the popularity and future of electro in 2010?
That’s an interesting question. Lately I’ve seen people go into many directions. Some are more into the dubstep sound, but also disco seems to be on its way back. Then the French seem to be getting more into this more minimalistic approach on the whole Dutch house sound movement. I’ve always flirted with different music styles in my own production so nothing really changes for me. I get inspired by the different directions people seem to go into now, and I try to incorporate that into my own sound.
You have a track with a great title called “Midnight Munchies.” Any particular inspiration for the song?
I keep this one open for suggestions. (Laughs.)
The quintessential DJ name origin question: Where does the name Bart B More come from?
“More” is literarily my last name translated into English. “B More” stands for the drive I have to stand out with what I do. Not from “Baltimore” — what a lot of people seem to think. The fact that my music is inspired by B-more music is just a coincidence.
Out of curiosity, why is one of your cats named Shampoo?
He’s named after a character in a Dutch cartoon I used to watch as a kid.
(Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly and at LasVegasWeekly.com)