It’s Monday, and the dust slowly settles in Seattle. Decibel Festival comes to a close, and there was a lot to experience over the past five days. I felt the full spectrum of emotion, but for me things ended a bit too soon. After bank issues on Saturday night, and late late parties at Kremwerk, Rebar and Monkey Loft, I took a suppppppppper long walk back to my car. Finally crawled to my vehicle, headed home and hit the bed. Unfortunately when I woke up, I noticed that it was Monday morning, and I had missed all the Sunday shows. (゜-゜) Oops. Luckily, Nark Magazine has a show ready to go tonight (FB Event), and this headliner is more than equipped to pick up the pieces and keep the vibes movin’.
Listening to the latest incarnation of Hercules & Love Affair, a now decade long music project, there are moods people of all sorts can connect with. If your more of a solo dancer like me, there’s this strong, independent energy. You’re going there to have this personal experience with the music and deal with some shit. I don’t have much experience going to clubs or shows with a significant other, or finding one there, but on that level you’ll be set as well. Dark romance and a sexy feel comes through easily with Hercules.
I love their attitude of turning hardship into elegance. Queer collaborators of all sorts have come together over the years under the guidance of Andy Butler with different stories to tell. Through teamwork and compromise, Hercules & Love Affair has cemented all these emotions in a fun way that’s still moving.
The band are joined by Wolf & Lamb’s Navid Izadi, Bright Light Bright Light and Nark tonight at Neumos.
- Jimi Jaxon
It’s been 2 years since Hxdb was here on Disco Droppings, and there’s no doubt the man continues to be a powerhouse. The site has lifted up a very wide range of styles and individuals over the years, and as I placed this dude’s words into the post, I remembered the deep connection I have with his mindset. Freedom in diversity. If you missed recent Hxdb shows, keep an eye on his page, there’s more on the way. Enjoy this interview, jam packed with sounds!
DD First off Severine, I want to say thank you for all the Kickstarter assistance. You’re a busy busy dude, and you took a lot of time out to help me plan my tour, and attempt to get me up to your home spot of Vancouver B.C. Really appreciate it, and hoping we get to play together soon!
HX I’m hoping we can make that happen also, and really, its no thing. I try to help out my friends however I can. :]
DD So your new EP Skool Dayz, with those remixes? Wowwwww. Fucking nailed it! I remember hearing the title track in that BBC mix you did last year was it? Tribal, dark, sexy sounds for sure.
HX Thank you! It was a long time coming, and with my hard drive crash, it became an even more distant goal last year. Fortunately I was able to recover and get some incredible remixes from my homies Doctor Jeep, Distal and KRUSHA.
DD The Distal one is unreal. He’s another producer that’s been interviewed on Disco Droppings, good man!
HX He is the man, and I knew I wanted to have him involved with this project. He really did come through in a major way with his remix and delivered the goods.
DD You’ve been planning two tours correct? How’s all that shaping up? You must be very hypeddddd. I saw that Shambhala Mix and Interview with you recently..
HX It’s been a crazy ride to be certain! It takes a lot of time and effort to plan these tours, but it’s so rewarding to actually see things come to fruition and get to do what I love most. First stops of the tour were Portland and Seattle.
DD How do you feel right now as an artist? I see a huge evolution in the small time we’ve known each other. And you’re no newcomer..
HX I feel like now is the perfect time for me to be the artist I am. There are so many exciting sounds and types of music out there, and I feel very lucky to have a fan-base that is supportive, and understands my desire to keep things diverse and not focus on one sound in particular. Rather, putting all of them into a singular context and giving that context meaning. It’s incredibly satisfying to know that I can open up Ableton, pick a bpm in my head and go right ahead, composing at that tempo without fear.
DD What do you hope to leave behind as Hxdb? It really feels like you’re in this for the long haul. I think about legacy, and the impact an artist can have.
HX My goal is to indoctrinate my friends and fans into mindset of being fearless with sounds and tempos. Using my name and reputation as a pathway to open-mindedness with music in general. I hope to be respected by the disparate communities that each of these sounds represent and help to bridge the gaps between them, leaving behind a broader sense of belonging.
- Jimi Jaxon