With regard to massive looks, there are a few very sources of coverage of new music as credible as Resident Advisor. Upon visiting the city for Together Boston, one of their lead writers, Andrew Ryce, visited with our own John Barera. Barera, a local musician, producer and artist is one of our very favorite DJs and a resident at Make It New. The full article is well worth a read, but here’s some choice snippets:
On meeting John for the first time:
I met John Barera on the first night of Together [Boston], in a packed club where Robert Hood was about to play. Barera was friendly and outgoing, and our first real conversation was shared over a spliff he’d buried under a tree near the club.
John on getting one of his first DJ gigs at a club in Rotterdam:
“One day I sent Maassilo my demo, and I didn’t hear anything until one day I got this call. So I run down there—it’s just like, this meeting where all these people are sitting around stone-faced. I put on the demo and they’re like ‘OK, you sound good, we want to have you play.’ I was like, ‘what the f—?'”
On playing the mighty Panoramabar:
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous,” Barera said, laughing. “I was shaking. At first when I went on I couldn’t even, like, play. For the first few tracks I had to be like ‘Dude, it’s cool.’ It was an amazing set, we had so much fun.”
On perhaps moving away from Boston:
Though he’s definitely on an upward trajectory, Barera doesn’t seem likely to move to New York, London or Berlin, as so many of his peers have done. He’s perfectly happy in his hometown, citing local acts like Bob Diesel, Casey Desmond, Kon and his fellow Make It New residents Alan Manzi and Baltimoroder as other great selectors in his midst.
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