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Interview with HAEZER

Interview with HAEZER

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December 2nd, 2013

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Hi HAEZER my name is Elvis and I am a co-founder of Clubbers 4 EDM; a music blog from South Africa. It is an honour and privilege to interview one of South Africa’s leading producers and DJs. I am pretty excited for the new EP, Gold Plate Frequencies. I have a few questions I would like to ask regarding the EP and Tasty Records, I would appreciate it if you could please answer them.

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1.In your own words describe Gold Plated Frequencies?

“Gold Plated Frequencies is my first EP made purely for the dancefloor. With this EP I challenged myself to go outside of my comfort zone and create something very unique, but still with the ’HAEZER’ stamp on it.”

2.Out of the 5 track EP, which track would you say is your favourite?

“Minted”

3.Ghetto, Bass Addict, Minted, I Bring It and Shango, how’d you come about choosing these names?

“Shango is an african god of thunder.

Ghetto, started off as ’ghettoblaster’, but then luckily someone pointed out that the ghettoblaster vocal sample has been used by Afrojack, so i changed it to ’Ghetto’.

Minted was supposed to have vocals on it by Joseph Gunn of Grafton Primary, but we just didn’t have enough time to record it properly.  I already made the track and then sent it to him, but the problem was that he is in Wollongong, Australia and I only managed to get recording time for him in a studio in Sydney the day I had to do final mix on the track, so it was too late.

Anyway, the lyrics was gonna be ’We didn’t drop the bombs, but we’re all killers’. If anyone doesn’t know, one of the meanings of ’minted’ is being well off.

Bass Addict has a ridiculous amount of low end bass that you only hear on big systems. The name I think is self explanatory.

I Bring It is the hardest track on the EP and has more of the old ’haezer’ flavour.  I found this vintage movie sample and just really liked the way the guy said ’i bring it up’…”

4.For this EP who or what was your influences?

“I’ve worked on the EP for so long that i think travelling and touring has plaid a big role in the development of the EP. I took almost 3 months off dj’ing to complete the EP and hardly istened to  any other artists who make similiar music to me, so as not get influenced by dance music, but rather find inspiration elsewhere.  For the past six months I’ve just been leaving my Itunes on shuffle when i listen to music.”

5.How did you go about choosing the over all sound for the production of the EP?

“I took one week off just recording melodies and 20 second samples of each note in an octave for synths and bass on my little phatty blofeld and limited myself to that for the EP. I also spent time just recording samples and sourcing samples for the EP. That way the EP has a uniform sound, but still is very versatile.  When I have a sound in mind that i didn’t record, I’d rather try and warp and manipulate the sounds i’ve recorded to get to the sound i want, because i find working that way i create something different and unique”

6.How do you feel about releasing on Tasty Records? Does this mean we will be seeing more releases from you on this label?

“I’m very excited releasing with Tasty Records, because they really believe in my music and so i know they’ll push it hard and they have a very big and loyal following online and the most important thing for me with releases is just that as many people as possible will hear it and that it doesn’t get lost in the abyss of the internet. This is the start of a relationship I hope.”

7.The internet has really played a large role in the ability of electronic dance music to grow so organically into this groundswell of fan support despite no support (until only very recently) from traditional media such as radio, TV and so on. What are your thoughts on the power of the Internet as the dominant music distribution force moving forward?

“The internet is instant. You release a track and boom anyone in the world can listen to it, buy it, illegally download it and read a review or blog opinion on the release in the first hour of release. With traditional media, which has it’s place and always will, the results is delayed and is very one sided.  But with social media and blogs, there’s this community aspect where everyone feels free to comment how they feel personally about the music.  The internet has also made it possible for artists to be much more connected to their fans and engage on a whole other level.”

8.When you visit our website, www.clubbers4edm.co.za, what is your first impression?

“Local, lekker.”

9.Bounce question: In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, pink walls, a pink telephone and a pink shower. Everything was pink. What colour were the stairs?

“Seriously? Haha. One-story house…”

10.Anything else you want to say? Any shouts?

“Thank you for your time and for pushing the SA dance music scene,

And thank you to all my fans that’s supported me all these years.”

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Thanks for taking the time out and answering these few questions we truly appreciate it.

Interview by: Elvis Javu | @Number1Native

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