The young & talented Bas Amro in the spotlight

Since his first releases in early 2008 at the age of 16, Haarlem, Netherlands resident Bas Amro has been surprising other DJ’s and producers all over the world with the great variation in his production. In spite of him being relatively young, you won’t hear this in his tracks and DJ sets.

Amro’s sound is hard to describe precisely & it’s also highly influenced by the roots of the Chicago and Detroit sound which brought him lots of respect and support by the bigger international artists. Its also given him opportunities to release his music on respectable labels like Freerange, Neurotraxx, Plastic City & i! Records.

Bas Amro now is in his early twenties so there’s a lot more to come, and with his latest release ‘You And Me EP’ via Jimpster’s Freerange label out now at Traxsource, we sat down with the young gun to chat about his new EP, inspirations & more in this Exclusive Interview.

The Interview

1) Firstly, thanks for taking the time out to chat with us. Tell us where you are and how you are feeling right now.

Thank you for having me! I’m in Enschede, my hometown. Feeling good. Excited for the release of the EP of course.

2) Obviously, the topic for today is your new You And Me EP’ on Jimpster’s Freerange label – tell us in your words a little bit about how it came to be and what you were trying to convey to your listeners.

When I first went to South Africa for a small tour, May 2013, I played in both Joburg and Cape Town. During my stay in Cape Town I had access to a studio, so when I wasn’t out discovering the beautiful city – I’d be jamming a bit. One day I was jamming but it wasn’t going really going anywhere. Then a guy came in, named Kennifer, we got in a chat, I found out he sings, five minutes later we were recording the vocals for ‘Across The Street’! The title refers to the way I met my girlfriend, who lived across the street from a club where I played. I took it with me to the gig I had in Cape Town later that week, it sounded much differently from the current track. Kennifer was there but he hadn’t heard it yet. The gig was incredibly good, so needless to say it was a magical moment playing that track. Kennifer’s response was priceless.

The stabs of ‘You And Me’ – which to me are the leading element in the track – just popped in my mind while walking back home in the streets of Joburg, where I lived up until three months ago. I’m a big fan of dub techno, and I love playing with big chords, distortion, filters and echoes. So I just got home with that rhythm in my mind and started building a groove around it. Two days later I had a house track with hints of dub techno, and Jimpster liked it to go with ‘Across The Street’ as an EP on Freerange.

3) Where does your artist name emanate from, what’s its meaning & why did you choose it?

Bas Amro is actually my real name!

4) Share a few artists that have influenced your sound?

Ron Trent, Chez Damier, Kerri Chandler, Moodymann, Jimpster too.. Also lots of tech house, like Mr. G, Peace Division, Mountain People. Techno too – Basic Channel, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood.

5) Tell us more about the release. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted it’s musical direction?

Definitely a difficult question to answer. First of all, it really has South Africa written all over it. Even though I recorded the vocals in South Africa already, the real track was made back in The Netherlands only. I guess I just really had the South African dance floor in mind. That’s usually how I work – I envision a situation, which was a dance floor in this case, and produce something that I believe is perfect for that situation. You can hear that on ‘You And Me’ as well, I’m pretty sure I had a big room venue in mind when I was producing it. You know, that moment somewhere after 1am when everybody’s there and it’s time to take things up a notch.

6) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes your sound?

Due to all the traveling I haven’t worked with too much hardware lately, which I do miss… And I don’t really use any VST’s either. So I think it would make sense to credit the sampler and my Sennheiser HD-25’s in this case.

7) What’s you’re opinion on the current state of house music?

I try to just not have too much of an opinion on house music’s current state, because it kills creativity for me. But of course it’s interesting what’s going on right now. I think we should be happy with where we are now, including the variety of styles, the hipsters, EDM, the overload of music, lower boundaries. I think it actually pushes the quality.

8) Best gig of 2014 so far and why?

Last Friday, my own event called Basic Grooves, warming up for Ryan Elliott. The place was sold out, we had a new amazing decor, a new room setup, and people just loved it. That good vibe combined with the incredible sound system we have there, made the gig perfect.

9) Where does a music media store like Traxsource fit into your musical agenda?

I like Traxsource for it’s big catalogue of organic sounding house music. Traxsource was the first digital music store I’d regularly visit eight years ago, and I love how you guys have always been steady and reliable.

10) Tell your fans some interesting facts they may not know about you…

I wear contacts. I used to have big specs and a brace and a huge schoolbag. I was a nerd. Of course you all knew that, but what you may not know is that I still am.

Bas Amro latest release ‘You And Me EP’ is out now on Traxsource.

Bas Amro