The Bloody Beetroots' Bob Rifo Talks About His Upcoming Death Crew 77 Tour

In this week's issue, we preview the Bloody Beetroots' upcoming show at Mansion on October 13. In the pantheon of electro-house, the Italian duo seemed to have arrived a bit late to the game, but were still able to put their mark thanks in large part to the strength of tracks like "Warp" and "Cornelius." Now they return with a live performance concept called Death Crew 77, complete with overcomplicated manifesto.

We emailed the Bloody Beetroots a few questions, which we didn't get in time for print, so here there are as a nifty Q&A. Read on to learn more about the Death Crew 77 concept, upcoming projects, and why only a DJ set at Mansion.

New Times: What is the idea behind the Death Crew 77 concept for the tour?

Bob Rifo: Death Crew 77 is a continuously evolving project. It is currently my most direct form of expression. After Romborama I wanted to express the same musical anarchy on stage. I needed a team that could quickly set up an innovative live act.

Your live performance at this year's Ultra Music Festival seemed to have a great response. How will the current tour differ from it?

Ultra was amazing, we managed to play despite a heap of technical problems. Since then, the live show has developed, we are tighter, we have more things to play. These days I'm working on the new tracklist; I just finished mixing my new remixes of Goose and Herve.

I have to ask: Why will Miami not be experiencing the a live performance and instead be the only date on the tour billed as a DJ set? Will something special be thrown into the mix?

It's always good to get back to the turntables every now and then. Miami will experience a special DJ set with new and old bb music.

Even though you hail from Italy, your sound is very American -- or should I say palatable to American audiences. Why do you think that is? Does Dim Mak leader Steve Aoki influence a lot your sound or direction?

I think the sound of the Bloody Beetroots is the sound of the Bloody Beetroots. Sounds like so many things and nothing. I never define what I do. I've always tried to give  the word "music" as broad an interpretation as possible. I want to smash the suffocating concept of the musical genre to smithereens.

With the success of "Warp" and the Romborama album, are you working on a follow-up? When can we expect it?

Yes, this month I worked hard in the studio and met some characters like Dennis Lyxzen. I can't say much but I'm stimulating my brain to produce an evolution.

The Bloody Beetroots (DJ set) with Damaged Goods. 11 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, at Mansion, 1235 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-6411; Tickets $30 in advance via Ages 21 and up.

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