SXSW Ones to Watch: Bayonne

“It’s really simple music just layered on top of each other until it sounds crazy.”

By Art Levy March 7, 2016 9:30 am| ,

All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch—seven must-see artists at SXSW 2016.

For a few years, Austin’s Roger Sellers had a split musical personality. Some of his songs were folk-based while others were electronic. Last year, he decided to give a new name to his electronic side: Bayonne.

This month, Sellers is re-releasing his 2014 album “Primitives,” this time as Bayonne. The album sounds big and lush, even if he created it all by himself with a looping pedal. “It really comes from very minimal, kind of primitive-type things, just note after note—minimalism,” Sellers told KUTX’s John Parsons in 2014. “It’s really simple music just layered on top of each other until it sounds crazy.”

Bayonne is a sight to see onstage. He recreates his songs from the ground up with that looping pedal, sounding a lot bigger than a solo artist.

Bayonne at SXSW 2016:

Tuesday, Mar 15: Waterloo Records, 5 pm

Thursday, Mar 17: Container Bar, 2:20 pm (Collide on Rainey, RSVP here)

Thursday, Mar 17: Barracuda, 8:15 pm (official SXSW showcase)

Friday, Mar 18: Victorian Room At The Driskill, 12 am (official SXSW showcase)