Like laptop DJs, loop pedal artists are a dime a dozen these days. Easy access to cheap electronics have made it relatively simple to become a bedroom composer. Odds are, that’s how Roger Sellers, who now goes by Bayonne started — as an aspirational sound mixer exploring sonics in the comfort of a quiet corner his home.
But Sellers is eons away from average. He uses drum pads, loop pedals and his own voice to weave gorgeous symphonic electronic compositions. And he does so with the immersive passion of a modern day Amadeus. Here are four ways he has more in common with the grand composers of yesteryear than 90% of indie artists working today.
1. His body follows the swells of the music. He moves with the rhythms. He bows behind his electronics table then allows a grand flourish to lift him to his feet, spinning him through awkward contortions and graceful turns. From a technical standpoint it’s clear how he’s making the music, but still he seems to be coaxing it from an invisible electronic orchestra somewhere in the ether.
2. He seems amazed by the sounds even as he creates them. He wiggles his fingers at his loop pedals like a magician, he pounds on his chest as his hypnotic loops build into crescendos. Even when he sings, he’s never trying to land a hook or provoke a reaction, he’s simply trying to clue us into the incredible musical conversation he’s having with himself.
3. He’s not remotely concerned about style. With unkempt brown hair, a goatee that might have been groomed a week ago and a plain v-neck tee, he looked like he just rolled out of bed. He would fit right in at a 3 p.m. brunch party with Beethoven and Bach.
4. There were no breaks in his set and no banter. Instead he spoke through sound. His set unfolded as a 40-minute stream of conscious symphony and a crowd gathered, entranced, as if summoned by the sound. His music is bigger than him and he seems grateful and humbled to share it with an ever growing audience.