With Bass Campus less than one week away, here’s an interview with the man behind it, senior Joe Vela.
What made you want to start Deltronica?
I wanted to create new opportunities and experiences for music lovers. It’s no secret that electronic music has been exploding in the United States for the past 5 or 10 years, yet there was no outlet for attending these types of shows or learning production at the University. I was sick of seeing the same type of boring acts that other RSOs were bringing in and I wanted to introduce new types of music to Newark. I think we have been a success thus far.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Anyone that is doing something different and can lay it down live. I have been playing drums since I was about 10 years old and I gravitate towards jam music, so I would consider Kris Myers from Umphrey’s McGee and Allen Aucoin from the Disco Biscuits as the best right now. Neil Peart from Rush is also an influence that immediately comes to mind. I really like all music, but now I am especially impressed by live bands that fuse modern electronic music with other genres.
How long has your band Tweed been together?
I guess it’s been about a year and a half now. We have made progress that takes some bands twice as long to make. We have already shared the stage with big names like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Heavy Pets, and Beard-o-Bees (Jesse Miller of Lotus). We’re playing 6 shows in April, a ton a big gigs in May, and are beginning to plan our festival tour this summer. Our Jamchronica EP will be released this summer too.
What has been your favorite gig that your band has played?
Hard to say…There was a show at Klondike Kate’s in February with Pigeons Playing Ping Pong that was packed! Anytime we get to collaborate with talented bands like Pigeons, the show has a great energy. We had a 90-minute set, which is a little longer than what we are usually given which allows us to better express our music. All of our friends (that were over 21) got to come out and there was no cover and cheap drinks so it was a fun time. I like playing festivals too, but we manage to maintain some of that festival vibe in all of our shows throughout the year.
What gave you the idea for bass campus?
There is nothing more fun than a music festival. There is a certain freedom that anyone who has been a part of one can relate to and I wanted to share that with the Delaware community. Plus, I have always wanted to host a music festival and what better opportunity than in my Senior year at UD? Deltronica co-founder AJ [DiBiase] and current President Charlie [Field] really helped push the concept forward. We had most of the ideas planned before we were even allotted a budget from the University, which really helped Bass Campus come to fruition.
Who are you most excited to see play at Bass Campus?
BioDiesel—Johnny Rabb and Clay Parnell are two of the most talented musicians around. I think everyone is going to see BioDiesel blow up in the next few years and Deltronica is giving students an early look. But I’m really excited to see everyone. The lineup was hand-picked to feature some of the best up and coming artists from the region. I’m not going to miss a set.