BFS: If you had to describe yourself using only three words what three words would you use?
BroS: Bro Fucking Safari
BFS: Hell Yeah! So what is the biggest EDM artist and non EDM artist that has inspired your music?
BroS: Wow, that’s pretty tough. It’s tough not just to pick the person, but what influences my music may not make sense when I tell you who it is. Like one of my biggest influences outside of dance music is maybe Tom York, Radio Head, but you won’t hear that in my dance music. But you will hear it in my other songs that nobody has ever heard that just sit in my hard drive at home. But I grew up on all sorts of punk rock and hip-hop--- very eclectic stuff, so it’s very hard to pin point. As far as within dance music I would say again, it’s difficult, (laughs) sorry to keep saying that but I came up producing and spinning drum and bass music. So I would have to say someone from that era, or even somebody more eclectic and experimental like Richard D James, Afex Twin, uhm yeah, it would probably have to be an old drum and bass head. It’s hard to say, there was so much stuff back then, like late 90’s drum and bass. Just pick a producer, and that’s it.
BFS: Okay, so what’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not producing music?
BroS: Hang out with my family. I’m a big TV person as well. I will marathon through TV shows that I have already seen in their entirety. Like I just finished watching Breakings Bad for the second time, I’m on the last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm for the third time. I’m obsessed with TV. I love TV.
BFS: I feel you! So what’s the craziest thing thats happen to you while you were on stage?
BroS: While I’m on stage? Well it would be, well first of all I’m 35 now, so it would be probably when I was 16. When I was 16 I was playing in a punk band in Atlanta, and my singer was just wild and I remember looking up when we were in the middle of the song, just sweating with blood on me from hitting the strings so hard on the guitar and I look up at him and he makes himself throw up on the front row of the crowd which I thought was pretty awesome, very punk rock.
BFS: (laughs) that is insane (laughs)
BroS: Has nothing to do with Bro Safari, but hey.
BFS: So what are some of your favorite tracks to drop during a set?
BroS: Well it depends. I like testing out my new songs when possible and when I feel like they’re ready to be tested out. But right now I’m really feeling GTA and their tunes, almost everything they make I want to play. They just sent me like five tunes the other day and I was like alright well I can only play like two of these, because if I play more they might as well book GTA to play. And all of my friends, you know UFO, ETC! ETC! Gent and Johns, Mayhem, guys like that!
BFS: Definitely, GTA is a lot of fun I don’t blame you! So what’s your opinion of EDM going more mainstream?
BroS: I mean I’ve been involved in dance music in some form or another for a long time and I was doing it when it was hard to get twenty people to a show, so now that we have gone from that to fucking playing massive festivals like EDC last weekend, Electric Forest this weekend, you know practically globe trotting playing for these huge crowds--- I think that’s incredible. If it’s mainstream, I don’t care. Mainstream just got cooler since I was a kid I guess. There’s cheesy stuff, but that’s all a matter of opinion, you know? The difference is in the 90’s like grunge was cool, but grunge was grunge, quote on quote. If you liked one of them you probably liked all of them. With dance music, there’s all of these umbrellas-- there’s dubstep, there’s trap, there’s house, there’s big room house, deep house, drum and bass, everything. So you can “like” EDM and still dislike a lot of it, but really really identify with a specific part of it.
BFS: Yeah, the subgenres are really cool. So how’d you come up with your name?
BroS: I don’t remember exactly, but me and my MC were actually laughing about it earlier, I think it had something to do with Bro SaF R eye. I don’t know. I have no fucking idea to be honest with you. I actually started the project like six or seven years ago and then just put it to bed for a couple of years so I mean I started it and then forgot about it, then came back to it.
BFS: For sure, so what do you think makes Electric Forest different from other festivals?
BroS: I think it’s just the location and the vibe. We’re in the middle of nowhere, in the woods, and it’s really cool. I hope I don’t get bitten by a tick and get lyme disease, That type of vibe.
BFS: Have you been able to explore at all?
BroS: Not at all yet.
BFS: Definitely go into Sherwood Forest if you have the chance!
BroS: Yeah I think that’s what we’re going to do literally right after this!
BFS: Yes! Enjoy it! So what’s the biggest goal you have set for yourself in the next year?
BroS: I want to finish an EP for myself, like all solo material, and then got a couple of tours on the books as well, but my main thing is just finishing some solo material. I know people that listen to Bro Safari want more tracks, and I hear them and I want to give it to them, but there has to be a compromise, either I’m going to play a show in your city, or I’m not going to be around for a little while because I’ll be in the studio. But then I’ll come back! So it’s really just trying to find that balance!
Interviewed By Madi Lawton