Bayonne, the new moniker of Austin based artist Roger Sellers, is hitting the road this month playing shows with Chairlift, Kelela, Empress Of and Baths. He’s also announcing an East Coast run tour for early 2016. All dates can be found below and expect a number of major festival plays this summer as well as SXSW in March.
With the news of his debut album on Mom+Pop Music right around the corner, audiences will have a chance to see Sellers perform songs from his new LP, including “Spectrolite” which is available now.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith took “Spectrolite” and remixed it giving the song a more electronic feel reminiscent of Animal Collective.
Roger Sellers is a lot of things. He’s a minimalist composer with a knack for making hypnotic, enveloping songs from a few repeated musical phrases. He’s a gifted musician who is mostly self-taught, having abandoned formal study because it was draining the life from his work. He’s a self-described disciple of Phil Collins. What he is not, however — despite multiple press reports to the contrary — is a DJ.
“I started developing a decent following in Austin,” he says, “but most of the time when I would play, the press would say something like ‘Local DJ Roger Sellers,’ or ‘Roger Sellers is playing a late-night DJ set.’ I think it was maybe because my live set involves a table full of gear, a drum set and headphones, but the average person probably knows more about DJing than I do.'” To combat the misunderstanding, Sellers printed up stickers reading, “Roger Sellers is Not a DJ,” and eventually adopted the alias Bayonne, changing his name without altering his approach.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
December 4: Austin, TX – Urban Outfitter’s Space 24 (w/ Chairlift, Kelela, Empress Of)
December 17: Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre (Red Bull SS w/ Battles)
December 31: Austin, TX @ The Gatsby (supporting Baths)
January 15: Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5 (supporting Kneedelus)
January 19: Boston, MA – O’Brien’s
January 20: Washington, D.C. – Black Cat
January 21: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
January 23: Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right (late show)