|Senru is a canadian based artist and dj, Jeff Bai. His music showcases a diverse set of influences, ranging from industrial, hip hop, electro, to classical and pop. Senru has been dropping esoteric tunes since his debut EP 'The Illth Sampler' (2006).|
Focused almost religiously on half-step beats and drum breaks, Senru's tunes are apocalyptic and chaotic, often using delays to create drone compositions.
|Q & A with Senru|
Q: Where does your artist name come from?
A: You know, I've just kind of always known it was my name. But here's some acronyms to make you think I've thought of it.
Sound enhanced neuro reality user
Strange eclectic news reaction utility
Stereo enhancing noise receiving unit
That and apparently it's the name of some sort of gay Japanese slash-fiction.
Q: Tell us more about your musical roots!
A: Hmm. I took a couple of years of piano as a kid, but I sucked at it. I bought a guitar in high school, and joined a couple of rock/punk/metal bands before I started focusing on electronic music.
Q: How did you start producing music?
A: The first electronic song I made was a remix of 'Ava Adore' by the Smashing Pumpkins in jr. high school. I did it at first because someone told me if you reversed the chorus Billy Corrigan says 'all evil inside of me'. Well, turns out it's true, and after confirming the story I realized there were many parts of the song I preferred to other parts, so I just cut and paste until I had a more reasonable ratio of stuff I liked to stuff I didn't like.
Q: Are you also a DJ?
A: Yes I play all sorts of amazing music by other people.
Q: Do you work together with other artists also? E.g. Remixes?
A: Hells the fuck yeah, what am I an asshole?
Q: Do you have any special musical aims?
A: Meta-programming the noosphere
Q: What do you think of the contemporary popular music which is played by normal radio stations?
A: Mainstream anything is the old way of thinking. Status quo always has a not so hidden agenda (maintain the status quo).
Q: What have you read recently (book, play, film, etc.) that moved or surprised you?
A: The last great book I read was 'Valis' by PKD, I still have 'Pontypool' by Tony Burgess on my book shelf, waiting to be read. The last great films I saw were 'Enter The Void' by Gaspar Noe, and I saw '2001' by Kubrick for the first time a few months ago, both mindblowing. I haven't seen any plays lately except for a couple put on by the Kadozuke Kollektif in Toronto, and they were quite good.
Q: What is your all-time favorite track? Why?
A: Oh man big question. How about I'll name three tracks and explain why they're some of my favorites.
A Day In The Life- Beatles : as far as pop songs this is the one. I mean you could make an argument for 'Good Vibrations' but as far as structure, builds/drops, anthemic structure, and pop melancholy, this is the song.
How To Serve Man- El-P : Itunes says I have listened to this song more than any other. This would be because when it dropped I had it playing on repeat for weeks on end. Hard-ass epic apocalyptic boom bap beat with the most poetic break-up rap I've listened to (I still prefer the instrumental though).
Higher- Breakage : The lean in this song is so gangster. Sampling a raver classic and turning it into a new generation's rave classic... not just post-modern, but meta! The drops/atmosphere/vocal treatment, perfect. I like a lot of different kinds of dubstep/140, and this one is the best I've heard.
Q: What's one thing you're a fan of that people might not expect?
| 1nce Prodigal|
Mischief & Mayhem
The UnReal Project
Yellow Stick Men