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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.

 

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Pumped on this new Embassy Recordings release. Label boss Distal and label mate Wheez-ie are friends of Disco Droppings, we’ve talked at length via interview about a variety of topics. Since then I’ve kept my eyes on Embassy, and included tracks from the label in my sets (Sleepyhead, Thefft).

I’ve grown a little tired of being told to put my hands up, too many rave mc’s and dj’s demanding it. However, I will do it for Wheez-ie’s “Five Fingered Salute”. It’s a sassy exception; booty bumpin’ freak music. His “You Lose” goes in the direction of a bad trip or a ritual of some techno sort. Wheez-ie shows versatility here, and it’s exciting for me to think about what else he’s got in the works. * A few months ago Wheez-ie announced that he’s started a record label, with vinyl/digital releases on the way. Just be patient!

There’s a slowmo, badass feel to Moldy’s “All I Want”, could hear this one all day. This track was on heavy rotation at Dub War, the historic first dubstep night in America (2005), which featured Kode9, Skream, Digital Mystikz and Shackleton. The release ends on a spooky, A-class note with “Through The Rain”.

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Gotta say right off the bat, I absolutely love Wheez-ie. This interview is a dream come true, as his raw productions have influenced my DJ style a lot lately. Between him and Slick Shoota, I’ve got some powerhouse tracks that have demolished audiences. In this feature, I’ve posted some favorites that I frequently play out. In terms of his most recent releases, check out the Remember The Score EP on Well Rounded Records and the All Werked Up EP on Individuals. We talk about a whole host of things here on Disco Droppings; from his work with Embassy Recordings label boss Distal, to acid juke, his musical family and his favorite Busta Rhymes track. You should know that when I post long interviews, it’s because I just have so much to say to this artist and they responded in a warm and inviting way. Let’s get started..

 

DD Whatsup dude? So happy to have you here on Disco Droppings. Been meaning to write about your work. I first played one of your tracks at Decibel Festival 2012 here in Seattle. I opened the Warp Records Showcase (Clark, Jimmy Edgar, Machinedrum), and included “Keep Yer Chin Up”. That track was one of the ones I was most excited to present. The energy just gets me sooooooo hyped! Have you heard any mixes using your tracks that especially got you excited?

W Dave Q played Keep Yer Chin Up at DubWar. That was a real highlight. I had been going to DubWar for a while and to go from just being a guy vibing in the back to having a track played by one of my favorite Djs. That night really meant a lot to me.

DD “Keep Yer Chin Up” is the title track of your Embassy Recordings EP release. This is a brilliant collection of originals and remixes. That label is run by Distal, who I interviewed for Disco Droppings last year. He’s a prolific dude with a razor sharp perspective on music and life in general. What’s your relationship with him like?

W I met Distal on the Internet in 2010 after listening to “Boss of the South” on Youtube. We exchanged tracks, and since then we’ve become really good friends. He and Mite put out the EP with Keep Yer Chin Up on it and are also putting out my new EP on 12”. I’m really excited for you guys to hear it!

 

DD I’ve never been to your hometown of Houston, Texas. How would you describe the music community as well as the general environment?

W Houston is an interesting city. Rap culture is unavoidable. I doesn’t matter where you go in the city you’ll hear bass booming out of peoples cars. We also have generally good food, and nice (but sometimes random) weather.

DD One of the free tracks on your Soundcloud is “Dreamz”. This one is INSANE. Acid juke is something I’d like to hear a lot more of. How has the acid sound influenced you?

W HAHA. I’m glad you liked Dreamz. That was the first Acid track I ever made. At the time I was listening to a lot of the old Trax back catalog and was trying to figure out how they were making their tracks sound so raw. I don’t think that Dreamz really nailed that sound, but it turned out to be a banger.

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DD You’ve said in a past interview that you “..like the idea of playing around with funny words and serious music”. Can you think of some tracks outside your own that really embody that?

W For a long time I struggled with trying to figure out if words in music even matter. So many pieces of music have no words, yet they are extremely emotional. I’ve always felt my instrumentals were serious while the lyrics didn’t have to be. A Lot of Ghetto House and Ghettotech is like that for me. Trax like “Nut In Your Eye” by DJ Assault or “3 Fine Hoes” by DJ Deeon are really great examples.

 

DD I’ve also gathered that everyone in your house plays music. Your mom is an orchestra director, dad’s a retired band teacher, your brother is in school for classical piano and you play the oboe. How does your family react to your music as Wheez-ie?

W I think by now I’ve written this answer like 6 times. Everyone has been really supportive. As I’ve progressed and my arrangements have become tighter and more musical they’ve really started to like a lot of my music. I’ve been writing electronic music in various forms since I was 11, so they’ve had to hear every stage of the process lol.

 

DD Your “Woo Hah! (Wheez-ie RMX)” is hilarious. Every time I show it to friends it makes them laugh. What’s your favorite Busta Rhymes track?

W My favorite Busta track is “Break Ya Neck.” I remember seeing the video for that track on MTV back when I was in middle school and I thought it was AWESOME. HOW DOES HE RAP LIKE THAT?!? Busta might just be my favorite rapper that isn’t from the South, and he just DESTROYS that track.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Distal has a wonderful ability to mine through the world of sounds and find those gems. As head honcho of Embassy Recordings, you can see his filtering aesthetic in the artists he works with, and the crisp quality of the tracks released. I’ve mentioned that savage Wheez-ie release Keep Yer Chin Up in my past Distal interview, also really enjoying Thefft’s Name Shame / No Want That, which came out on Embassy late last year.

Not only does Distal kill it with his crew on Embassy Recordings, his own productions and DJ sets are high quality presentations. Tectonic put out his Civilization album in April 2012, the track “Not Cool” was included in my Decibel Festival 2012 Warp Records Showcase set.  His past Boiler Room set is one of my favorites, and I’m hyped to see him work out Q tonight. He pulls from a wide variety of BPM’s and styles, so you’ll just have to come and see what he showcases. He will be joined by Tony Goods (Top Billin, Sounds of Sumo, Car Crash Set, Damn Son), whose Hopscotch / Space Jam release comes out on C/C/S April 9th. Residents Nordic Soul and Recess will also be playin’.

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There’s been a lot of activity on this blog in 2012. Not having a search bar on here, I feel that some interviews have been overlooked. I want to highlight 10 conversations I’ve had in 2012 that left a lasting impact. I also want to say how much I appreciate all of you that read and support Disco Droppings. WordPress sent me my annual statistics report for this blog, and in 2012, people from 135 countries came through; America being number one, followed by the UK and Canada. I haven’t traveled outside of America, besides Canada and Mexico. It’s inspiring and humbling that my features have reached people as far away as Mongolia, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. Onward and upward..

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10. Distal (Atlanta, Georgia) –  We talked about his acceptance into RBMA 2013, his fantastic Boiler Room set, his label Embassy Recordings, along with books and films he’s been into recently.

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9. Bosstone (Melbourne, Australia) – Started off this post with his epic tune “Lean”, off his Gun Club EP via Paradisiaca Recordings. Also profiled his remixes of Pryda’s “Miami To Atlanta” and Amerie’s “1 Thing”.

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8. Alex Bau (Germany) – I was super hyped to talk with Alex, as he’s my favorite techno producer. We discuss his huge output of releases in 2012, where to go out in Germany, why he calls his remixes “Repaints” and what “The Holy Bassdrum” means to him.

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7. Jonny Dub / Hoya:Hoya (Manchester, UK) – Jonny is a resident DJ and co-founder of Hoya:Hoya, one of the top club nights in the world, which has hosted Kode9, Actress and Hudson Mohawke to name a few. I loved his “Hoya:Hoya Podcast Mix #2”, and chat with him about the club night, who he’s inspired by and the dynamics between Illum Sphere (co-founder of Hoya) and himself.

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6. Mosca (London, UK) – It was quite a challenge, coming up with questions for such a razor-sharp producer like Mosca. He gives advice to young producers like myself, and talks about his Eva Mendes EP for Hypercolour.

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5. Slick Shoota (Oslo, Norway) – I had such a good time talking with Slick back in May. For the rest of the year I’ve watched his tunes be exposed to more and more people, through his touring schedule and support from high-profile artists. His tracks were featured on “Diplo and Friends” for BBC Radio 1 and Machinedrum has been regularly playing his remix of Bambounou’s “Alpha”. We talk about his “Percussion Skank” EP, his favorite juke phrases and his “Windbreaker” collaboration with Cedaa.

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4. Ghostdad (Brooklyn, New York) – This dude put together some of the coolest visuals I’ve ever seen for Porter Robinson. When I traveled to Las Vegas back in June for EDC, my favorite set hands down came from Porter. At 19 years old, he played the main stage (which was the biggest stage in North America to date) on the third day. Ghostdad’s visuals for the show combined anime, video games, nature, space and mayan/egyptian imagery. He also accompanied Porter Robinson as a VJ on his Language Tour.

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3. Lucid (Melbourne, Australia) – By far the most in-depth interview I’ve done so far. I got to know Lucid for weeks through AIM leading up to the interview. This is pretty close to his life story, documented on Disco Droppings. Everything from Tupac to N64 to his “cry/lovemaking” dream set is included here.

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2. XI (Berlin, Germany) – This conversation flowed so easily. Christian is a very special man; he talks passionately about Actress, videogame soundtracks and what a game soundtracked by XI would look like.

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1. Alana Watson of Nero (London, UK) – The beautiful and lovely Alana. I got her perspective as the vocalist for Nero. She talked with me about her headlining show in Seattle for Resolution 2012, Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 show and her favorite Nero track.

– Jimi Jaxon