Bob Rifo (aka Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo) and Tommy Tea were both well known on the Italian music scene as an indie producer and DJ respectively before they joined forces to become the Bloody Beetroots in late 2006. Since then their 'take no prisoners' sonic style has unleashed tracks such as 'Cornelius' and 'Warp 1.9', the latter in collaboration with Steve Aoki, who has also championed them Stateside on his Dim Mak imprint.
Despite the intensity of many of their releases so far, it would be a mistake to pigeonhole the duo as one-dimensional ear-bleed specialists. This is acutely demonstrated by their current remix of The Chemical Brothers' 'Dissolve', which is possibly their most accessible and accomplished production to date. Indeed, unpredictability is a large part of the Bloody Beetroots appeal.
They play their double-handed DJ sets wearing Mexican wrestler-style facemasks and declare, "CDs are dead and vinyls are having a new life". They are about to embark on a 20-date North American tour as a live three-piece (augmented by drummer Edward Grinch) and going under the similarly expanded name of The Bloody Beetroots - Death Crew 77.
A man of few words, Bob Rifo tells DJmag that the most interesting place he visited in 2010 was "the oldest bookshop in Venice" and that his plans for next year are "to make a conspiracy". But then who needs to rely on words when you make music with as much power and passion as the Bloody Beetroots do?