Made In Belgium 2017: BAVR

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October 8 marks the day that Lefto, Democrazy and Red Bull Elektropedia join forces for the fifth consecutive year, just to bring you the raw, new and undiscovered local talents in the electronic music scene our tiny country has to offer. Made In Belgium will shine a light on 9 young artists or bands that have the potential to make it big, each of them in their own particular way. In anticipation of the free event which will take place at NEST in Ghent, we have sent this year’s participants a couple of quick questions in order to see what we’re dealing with. This time we sat down with new kid on the block BAVR. 

So tell the world: who is BAVR and what kind of music do you make?

"My name is Bart, a dude with a beatmaking hobby that spiralled out of control. You can find a lot of influences in my music from all sorts of genres, although I mainly make trap, hip hop and future bass. Sometimes I try something else though, and then it gets a little funkier – stuff that leans towards house music."

Tell us about the first steps you made making music...

"I first started producing when I was about 16 years old. Ever since I bought that first FL Studio pack I didn’t look back."

Which artists are an inspiration to you and why?

"My favourites at the moment are Full Crate, Kaytranada and Stwo, but the person I look up to the most is Jarreau Vandal. On one hand his productions are smooth and sexy, but on the other hand they can be quite hard and tough. The energy this guy emits when he’s mixing these two sides of his music in front of a live audience is truly a great source of inspiration for me. Then there is the whole Soulection family. Producers from this stall, like Esta, Sango or Sam Gelliatry greatly enhanced my love for electronic music. Every time I listen their weekly radio show with Joe Kay I end up with a dozen ideas that I want to work on immediately."

Are you looking forward to play Made In Belgium?

"Absolutely. It will be the first time I will be playing out my own music! A big challenge yes, but one I look forward to."

If there's one goal you want to achieve (no limit), what would it be?

"A summer full of festival bookings with fans that come down just for you, knowing all your productions. That, or collaborating with a good rapper to make a really big club anthem."

Want to keep up with BAVR? Head over to his Facebook and Soundcloud page for more info and tunes!

Made In Belgium, Sunday October 8, NEST. Click here to head to the Facebook event page