UNDERCOVER: Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo wants Australian audiences to expect the unexpected.THEIR faces are always hidden behind masks and they’re at home above the crowds, busy behind the decks, but that has only increased the allure when it comes to Italian electronic music project The Bloody Beetroots.
The group tours under various guises – The Bloody Beetroots DJ Set, The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 and The Bloody Beetroots Live – all with Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo at the helm. LIVE caught up with Sir Bob ahead of The Beetroots’ Australian tour this month.
Your last visit to Australia was for a DJ set. Are you looking forward to bringing The Bloody Beetroots live show to Australia for the Big Day Out?
Yes, I’m very excited to be premiering the new live show in Australia. It will be a worldwide exclusive so there will be a lot of noise around this. It’s very big for The Bloody Beetroots and Australia.
Playing live must be very different to playing a DJ set.
Yes it is, it’s a completely different approach, but with both situations it’s all about the music and that’s the most important thing. I like to experiment with the human condition, both my own mindset and my fans. They see the live show and the DJ set from very different perspectives to me.
Do you have a favourite song to play live?
Not really, but the new live show will have at least five new songs taken from my new album, which is coming early in 2013. These songs are all incredibly organic, with arrangements that go from classical like Bach then turn into total chaos. I am sure some of those will become my favourites to play live.
You’ve played all around the world. How do Australian crowds compare to those across the globe?
The Australian audience has so much passion that it makes you unique and special. It’s like nowhere else on earth.
Is the single Rocksteady a new direction for The Bloody Beetroots?
The direction of The Bloody Beetroots has always been changing, it is constantly evolving so it is often viewed as contradictory and chaotic. It has always taken into account all genres of music under one common denominator which is The Bloody Beetroots.
My intention with this project was to remove any musical barriers using contemporary thoughts and keep it relevant. The Bloody Beetroots is a channel for communication between my thoughts and the public.
Can we expect more of the same from the new album?
You can expect the unexpected as much as you can possibly expect the expected.
You’ve chalked up some impressive collaborations already. Are there more on the new album?
Yes, there are some new, pretty hot and dangerous collaborations on the new album . . . stay tuned for more.
Do collaborations help you stay inspired and excited about making music?
Yes they do, especially because the collaborations on this album are with the people who have inspired me to make the music I do.
Did you feel any pressure to deliver on the album after the success of your 2009 album Roborama?
I feel the pressure of the passing time but not the pressure of success and expectation. I try to express what I think in my human evolution, the rest comes by itself. We have to accept failure and success in order for us to really treasure what we know.
What’s next for you and The Bloody Beetroots name?
Well, as you can see the name now carries the word “live”. It has evolved, it has evolved to represent the new stage in this project. I really wanted to have a range of instrumentals on stage to change the direction of the show and move it in a new direction, closer to live contemporary music.
The Bloody Beetroots play Sydney’s Big Day Out on January 18, and at The Metro, Sydney, on January 21 with guest Peking Duk.