beta

We stick with the New York trend for the latest installment of the SFS mix series. Taking the reins is the amazing Beta Librae.

I have been a fanboy of Beta Librae’s productions for a time now so was super stoked when she agreed to record a mix for my humble little blog. The mix is an hour long journey through 90s Belgian rave, spacey deep cuts and euphoric drum and bass. Enjoy.

Thank you for recording the mix, really enjoyed it! For the uninitiated out there, can you introduce yourself?

Hi I’m Bailey. I make music and disc jockey and cook and dance and do stand-up comedy under the alias Beta Librae.

Tell us a little about the mix. Did anything influence you while you recorded it?

For this one I wanted to dip back into some influential tracks from my early dj years. I love jacking house and vocal house made for the club and I’ve been listening to a lot of Belgian rave recently so I tried to incorporate both elements into this mix. I want it to feel wacky and uplifting for those mundane moments in life. I imagine myself listening to this on a train ride and just loving life because each track has a lot of flavor, groove and positivity.

What was the last record you bought? And, where is your favourite spot to go record shopping?

Been on a budget lately so I’ve turned to bandcamp to get my fix. It’s the perfect place to go to for a single track or full album/compilation and feels good to support some artists directly. I like how you can follow artists or friends collections. I’ve been out of the loop on new music for a while and I always seem to be a year or two behind on releases once I find them. Lately I’ve been getting my inspiration from dj sets. A few fantastic sets I’ve seen this past month have been Turtle Bugg, Akua, Ashe Kilbourne, Su Baykal, Working Women and Gusto.

What is your earliest memory of the club?

There was one dance night on Thursdays called Neon that I lived for my first year of collage circa 2007/2008. My first exposure to house music happened at those nights and it was my favorite thing to do each week. A year later I was in Europe for school and tried to go to Berghain. I didn’t understand why I had to wait in line for hours so I went to another club and danced to the hardest music I had ever experienced. I drank too much Redbull and went to class at 8am and nobody had known I had been out dancing all night. I was filled with delirious joy that whole week.

What was the last book you read? And, does literature influence your music at all?

I’ve read a few murder mysteries lately which is new for me. Samanth Irby books have been a go to on the train recently, they’re absolutely insane and hysterical. Bell Hooks books have always been a favorite of mine. I tend to be obsessive and serious in my head but I’m good at hiding it from the world. Those tendencies make me want to read anything that’s the opposite of serious. I need a dose of humor daily, whether it’s a podcast, movie or book, I like to ease the intensity inside my head. It’s either funny or educational. If I can clear out my negative thoughts before I make music that’s when I’m the most creative and happy. Anything I make feels special when I’m not beating myself up. I try to maintain that balance and I should read more!

I’ve become really obsessed with film scores recently! Whats your favourite film score/soundtrack at the minute?

I watched the original Repo Man recently and enjoyed the soundtrack. All 80’s punk rock which I don’t like all that much but found it refreshing to listening to during a movie. Blade Runner is a classic and I always enjoyed the soundtrack from Suspira. I guess I do like rock music and psychedelic music for a soundtrack more than common synth based soundtracks. I recently got a tattoo of a alien humanoid from the 70’s French film Fantastic Planet. No other movie has animation like it and I love the score.

“The main theme is very reminiscent of Pink Floyd‘s “Atom Heart Mother Suite” (same half-time tempo, mellotronharpsichord, and wah-wah guitar), and the other two are a ballad and a circus-like waltz. The music is very ’70s-clichéd and will appeal to fans of French and Italian ’70s soundtrack stylings. Although repetitive, the album itself creates an interesting marijuana-induced sci-fi floating mood, blending psychedeliajazz, and funk.”

My good friend Ashe Kilbourne recently did a hardcore techno and breakbeat score for the 90’s vampire classic Blade that I went and saw and was so blow away. I would recommend checking that out if you’re a gabber fan. So wild!

And finally, what you got planned for the rest of 2018?

I’m playing a music festival that hasn’t been announced, looking forward to that and a few more releases in the works. I’m most excited to play a show in Detroit in late October that will be in a bath house. It’s fun playing those rare shows for people who have a different activity planned besides dancing. Everybody needs more time to relax.