Nick Weiller, better known as Bro Safari smashed into the EDM scene fairly recently and eventually grew into one of the biggest names in drum and bass, as well as moombathon and other bass genres. Initially he partnered with UFO! and released the album “Animal” which became an overnight hit in 2012! Since then he has gone on tour and appeared at many festivals, always throwing down a raucous and insanely bass-heavy set. Needless to say he did no different at Euphoria Music Festival, where we were able to sit down and have a brief chat with the master of bass! Check it out here:
Voices from the Undrgrnd:
UGS: So you and UFO released the Animal LP about 11 months ago and the 10 track LP has had 1 million + plays on soundcloud so far. Why did you & UFO choose Soundcloud as the way you wanted to release this album?
Bro Safari: I have always believed in Soundcloud; it’s how I built Bro Safari. I started it as a side project initially because I was working in group called Evol Intent and I just wanted an outlet for glitch, dubstep and weird shit. So I started using Soundcloud right as it came out and I uploaded stuff there and tagged it as a free download. Before I knew it, it was getting a lot of attention and I thought “wow, this is gaining a lot traction” and eventually it became my model: FREE MUSIC! I love being able to post a song to Soundcloud without worrying about hoops to jump through and it’s instant access to the song you want to hear. As a fan, you won’t have to “like this on Facebook” or “retweet this” to get one of my tracks, all you have to do is click one button and it’s yours! For me, putting Animal on the site was a no-brainer.
What are your plans for 2014 in regards to releases?
I’ve been DJing a lot this year and it’s not slowing down. That said, it’s kind of difficult because I do just want to sit down and work on my music but, I can’t. I’m travelling 3-4 days a week and when I’m home I try to spend time with my family- I have a son so, I don’t have much time to dedicate to work on my own stuff unfortunately. But, most of May and June, I do have some time off so I’m going to hit the studio! My goal is to finish an EP or LP by the end of the year. Beyond that I’ve been doing a lot of remixes.
Do you have any collaborations you are hoping will go down and tours with any specific artists?
I actually have a list of collabs I have going on in my phone! Let’s see:
– Right now I’m working on a remix with Kill the Noise of a Flux Pavillion song
– A collab with a guy named Remedy from Florida: that’s going to be super sick!
– One with Skrillex that’s sort of floating back and forth
– Jesse Slater
I’ve got a lot of collaborations going – I love working with other people! As far as touring goes, I’m going to do one called Blackout in September.
Will you hit New York?
I will in some capacity. I’m doing two tours: Blackout, the first stop was actually in Miami this year. Basically I’ll be bringing different artists with me but, some will be unannounced surprise guests! The names will be blacked out on the flyers and the venues will be decked out in UV lights and stuff. Now that I think about we WILL be in New York – I can’t tell you where but the venue is awesome!
After that will be the second Animal House Tour which will be in December.
Where in the hell did your logo come from?
Well I clearly needed a logo and I brought in a designer. I had him draw up a few things and he ultimately came up with three. I picked the one that had the dude, who was supposed to be “a bro” in a sweater vest and he was in a crosshair. So I picked that one and I think I needed a flyer or artwork done for a release or something and I said “let’s put his head on a different body” and it just went from there.
We had a chance to listen to your Ultra set and it was quite the banger. Did you make any special preparations for Euphoria or how do you prepare for each set?
Well it’s not an exact science. I’m definitely not playing my Ultra set here but, that particular one was being played at shows leading up to Ultra and a few afterward because I just really liked it. I spend a lot of time putting my music together for sets. It’s not something that I’m lazy about and tonight I’m playing a completely different one. I’ve tried it at other venues and it’s been going well. So, I come up with a set, play it for a weekend and tweak it based on crowd reactions.
Where do you see your sound and production going in the future? Any aspirations to expand into other genres?
I feel like I dabble in a lot of genres already. I’ve done moombathon, trap, dubstep, house and beyond that glitch and drum and bass. Right now, I kind of want to venture back into the glitch and IDM kind of sound. UFO and I are talking about doing another album that will not be “EDM” at all. We want to focus on vocals, guitars and glitch-cool electronic fuckery! Just weird shit. Of course we will still make trap and moombathon but, I just want to do something different in the realm of weirdness.
What’s a weird or random fact your fans may not know about you?
I’ve got rituals- I’m highly OCD (undiagnosed of course) but, I have these crazy rituals that I do before DJ sets. I won’t go into it but, it’s kind of weird.
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