With releases on Rebellion and Tuskegee, Bas Ibellini is carrying on his family’s musical tradition. We asked him to introduce himself.
Who are you?
Bassam Ibellini – my friends call me Bas – born and raised in London.
What do you sound like?
Psychedelic synths and melodies over grubby hip-hop grooves.
Why should we listen to you?
With Middle Eastern blood running through my veins, melodies and percussion are embedded in my DNA. I create music that makes you move. As a new young artist coming to the scene, I want to bring something fresh to the table.
What have you released so far? What else have you got coming out in the near future?
An EP on Crosstown Rebels’ sub-label Rebellion just came out in October. I also released a jackin’ house remix of Lemi on Secret Music. My second EP will be on Seth Troxler and The Martinez Brothers’ new label, Tuskegee.
What song sums you up? Why?
Shinedoe – ‘Dilemma’. Swingy, dirty with a magical uplifting synth… you can’t help but nod along.
Where can we hear your music?
As I’m a newcomer on the scene, I’ve only recently started playing in major international clubs. Over the next few months, I’ll be at Troyka in Moscow for their birthday party with Tale of Us, NYE at Blue Marlin Dubai with Jamie Jones and BPM Festival Mexico in January alongside Seth Troxler and friends.
In between these you can catch me at the Cuckoo Club in London where I get to play all night, which starts with early disco vibes and ends wherever the night takes it!
Where will you be in five years’ time?
Travelling the world making music with friends and artists I respect at weird and wonderful venues. Most importantly, having a sick time doing it…
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I come from a very musical family, they are the Arab version of the Osmonds. My dad is a talented performer, as is my sister. I plan on collaborating with them both in the future on more original concepts.
Ibellini’s Wide Soul EP is released on 20th October on Rebellion. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.