INTERVIEW: Hd Substance



Hd Substance creates music that works in all settings and transcends genres. His openness to a wide range of sound is what has both made him a widely loved favourite, but also someone who operates in his own parallel musical world. We had a chance to talk to him, so enjoy your reading and check out his latest releases.


Can you tell us a little about your

experience? Where are you from / how did you

get into music?


I’m 50 now, so it’s a long story. Basically

I've been into electronic music since I was a

teenager, playing in bands as a drummer,

singer or synth player, then in the beginning

of the nineties I started the Hd Substance

solo project until today.


I was born in a very musical era, you could

hear underground music on the radio and all

the big department stores had their record

section you could search while your parents

were shopping. Obviously back then there was

no internet, not even computers in every home.


How is your sound evolving? What artists and

genres do you enjoy mixing right now?


I have a really wide sound palette as a dj,

and can play from super mental to super

physical… so a lot to be precise in this

matter. Lately I’m really into UK music,

Jungle, Drum’n’bass, UK Garage , Breakbeat…

It’s a way to refresh my ears from the techno

bombardement in my promo inbox. You can check

my soundcloud profile and get a proper

picture.



How do you feel that your music influences or

impacts your listeners?


I can only experience this in a live

situation, so it’s been almost two years

without contact with my audience and therefore

feel them properly.


What projects are you working on right now?

What can you tell us about your last job?


Working during the week on Beatburguer and The

Bass Valley, going out for hiking every day if

possible as I live in the mountains, and

making music in my spare time on weekends.


Where are you and what have you been doing

now?


One of the weirdest questions I ever

had ...now answering an interview.


Has that sound changed a lot in recent years?

What is your musical criteria?


Solely my own taste , I’ve trained it during

the last 40 years, so I have a clear idea of

what I like and don’t like.


Do you feel safe now to play a more

experimental sound?


I’ve always done musically whatever I’ve felt,

never conditioned by audiences or trends, so

let’s say I’ve always played experimental.


We all know that the digital revolution has

affected sales, but has it affected

creativity?


I don’t think so, there is better music than

ever.


Can you tell us what your present and future

projects are?


Same as always, working during the week and

spending time in the studio during the

weekends, also doing some hiking every day to

reconnect with mother nature.


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