The UK pair are touring behind their latest EP Brave New World, which was released in December.
Q: Now that your short U.S. tour has wrapped up, what was the highlight?
Q: What is your favorite thing about touring in the U.S.?
Martin: I would have to say just the fact that its the USA. America is inconceivably huge to us from the other side of the pond, the venues in the US are really sorted as well and the promoters seem to be in really good contact with the crowd. People in the US put a lot more effort into going out. They want to rage and have a good time. Nothing wrong with that.
Q: What do you guys have coming up next? What are your plans for this summer?
Martin: Well we got a couple of remixes which we have finished. We are just waiting for those to come out ( keep locked for details). Also, we are working on our next EP. At the moment we got a lot of ideas and a lot of half-finished tunes to get, well finished.
Q: Can you talk a bit about the EP and the process of making it?
Martin: Well it all starts with ideas; we like to conceptualize the EP process. You know, give it a theme and such, it's not just about making 3 or 4 tunes and packaging them together, they all have to work together and need something which runs through all of them. It's a bit of a journey. The Brave New World EP, which came out in late 2013, was focused around a dystopian reality, not quite post apocalyptic but more on what it would be like if/when society fails or at least trying to capture the vibe of what it would be like.
Q: Where do you draw your biggest inspiration from?
Martin: It sounds really pretentious but I guess just life. Sometimes things happen that move you and due to how we are wired this then comes out in the music. I often find that after a show I feel really inspired to make music. When you have an idea you need to move on it immediately, otherwise it will be forgotten or misunderstood when you do get around to mapping it out. A concept for a track is silly sounding unless you put it into context.
Q: What's your biggest goal moving forward with the band?
Martin: To develop Bar9 into a brand. I would like it to transcend genre and just be about the music. Instead of people saying its "dubstep" we want to make a multitude of music not even just dance/EDM, we would really like to get a more experimental project underway. Only about 10% of our work is deemed applicable to our audience, the rest never gets to see the light of day. It would be really good to diversify to the point where by we could put this music out and it would be appreciated.
Q: When you go out to play a show what is it that you want people to take away from it?
Martin: We want people to leave shows thinking, "Wow, that was really good". Behind the scenes we put a lot of work in to making the live sets work as well as possible. The scene is really competitive these days and you need to show a crowd that you are headlining for a reason. In recent years the "local deejay" has gone from being good to now being really good/better than us, and we do this full-time. To keep on top of this we make a lot of edits of our own tracks to give to the crowd. It's something exclusive when you see us play. Everyone loves a good show and when you have given them something a bit special people tend to walk away talking about it.
Q: What do you think makes Bar9 stand out on the dubstep scene?
Martin: We have always had a bit of an individual approach. We have never really been interested in what other people make. It's very distracting if you're trying to make something original and you subconsciously compare it to whatever you have been listening to beforehand. Early on our sound was fairly radical for dubstep at least. Everyone else was making deep "eyes down" kinda sounds. It was about a dark atmosphere and a deep vibe and the deejays had a very respectful following. We just wanted to make people go nuts on the dance floor.
Q: What are you listening to right now?
Martin: Right now I'm listening to the Alan Parsons Project. It's good sh*t, check it out!
Q: Finally, do you have any words for people who don't know who you are and want to know what Bar9 is all about?
Martin: I would have to say to check out some of our tracks and mixes online. We try and make our music readily available for all. Check out our pages at Facebook.com/bar9uk or soundcloud.com/bar9uk for more!