The last few years of touring has seen Bas Ibellini hit the notes you’d expect: Fabric (London), Amnesia, Space and DC10 (Ibiza), elrow and Florida 135 (Barcelona), Fuse (Brussels), Nordstern (Basel),Uberhaus (Beirut), Output (New York), and Space (Miami).
A perfect blend of shuddering bass, shadowed crowds and shifting time zones spanning nights with CircoLoco, Music On and The Warehouse Project as well as the grainy sands of Sonus, Sunwaves, and BPM festival.
Between travels, this London-native can be found at home in his Hoxton Studio, fixated on mastering a deeper understanding of his craft. A methodical approach that reveals something of his roots in music: a childhood of collecting records and a fascination with microphones and live recordings. The result: a cheeky, funk-infused sound with fancy footwork that dances with influences ranging from Prince and Hall & Oates to Matthew Herbert and The Neptunes.
With a few releases on Seth Troxler and the Martinez Brothers’ Tuskegee imprint and Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels, his diversity is evident in his productions. Bas’ remix game hasn’t been bad either, with recent works on Classic Company and Secret Music, getting positive critique from some of the scenes heavyweights including Marco Carola and Loco Dice.
For Bas, ‘downtime’ means hosting his own East London night: Peculiar. A brand that encapsulates his the artist’s playful irreverence and sees oversized teddy bears dangling from the ceiling above headliners including Seth Troxler, The Martinez Brothers, Guy Gerber, The Mole and Herodot to name a few.
A deep-rooted love for music, passed down from a musical family, has placed Bas in a fortunate position. Years of hard work, from pushing himself to become an expert turntablist as a youngster to putting on his own ‘Peculiar’ parties in London, have laid the foundations for his growing success.
On the production tip, Bas has taken a considered though enthusiastic tact, spending days on end toiling away in the studio. Learning the craft inside out, he prefers to take his time to release music. Over the last three years he has managed releases on Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers’ Tuskegee imprint, and Crosstown Rebels’ sub-label, Rebellion.
In 2016, he will continue on his upwards trajectory, with support from and collaborations with fellow artists he has befriended throughout his travels. While lining up more top level gigs (as well as the cheeky after-parties), and steadily releasing fresh new jams, Bas is basically living his dream.