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Bro Safari looks to expand his sound

Bro Safari looks to expand his sound

As Bro Safari, Nick Weiller is considered a force in the ever-shifting landscape of electronic dance music, in part, because of his emphatic drums.

His love of drum programming, a pillar of his genre, can be traced to Atlanta, where Weiller was a middle-school student in love with N.W.A. and Dr. Dre's booming bass made from a Roland TR-808 synthesizer. Now, as EDM and hip-hop artists collaborate and tour together with increasing regularity, Weiller can't help but be excited, if not a bit surprised.

“Growing up, there couldn't have been more separation between the two [genres],” Weiller said on the phone earlier this week at a tour stop in Nashville. “There was nothing in...