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Ones To Watch: Bayonne

Photo by Pooneh Ghana

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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. Listen to our feature below, hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy.

Bayonne at SXSW 2016:

Sunday, Mar 13: Mohawk, 7:20 p.m. (Barbarian Group)

Tuesday, Mar 15: Waterloo Records, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Mar 17: Container Bar, 1:30 p.m. (Mom + Pop showcase, RSVP here)

Thursday, Mar 17: Barracuda, 8:15 p.m. (official SXSW showcase, Secretly Group)

Friday, Mar 18: Victorian Room At The Driskill, 12 a.m. (official SXSW showcase, ASCAP)

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