Every good cookout needs a good condiment. And Austin-based electro-pop artist Bayonne (Roger Sellers) has the solution with Bitchin’ Bayonne, a habanero-and-ghost-pepper hot sauce concoction available only at his shows (like his upcoming appearance at the 4Knots Music Festival).
amNewYork spoke with the singer-songwriter to chat about food and summer music.
What is your go-to cookout song?
When I think of cookout, especially being in Texas, I think of a country band playing, like an older Southern country band. But I could listen to anything while eating barbecue.
How does an indie musician end up with a hot sauce to his name?
I’ve always had a real love for spicy food, like peppers and bottled hot sauces. It’s something I always wanted to do, but I just never thought it would happen. My manager, he knew I was really into it, and he threw it out there as a fun merch item, and I was like, ‘We can do that?’ And he knew a guy. So it kind of came out of nowhere. It’s a really cool novelty item to have at the merch booth.
Have sales gone up since Beyonce’s shout-out to hot sauce in “Formation”?
[Laughs] It depends on the market I’m in, really. Sometimes people don’t [care] that I’m selling hot sauce, other times they’re all about it, depending on where I am.