HP Source Interview

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HP Source - The OUTBURST Interview


Where are you now and what are you doing?

We’re in the studio as always, chipping away at one of the many tracks we’ve got on the go at the moment.


What's been the biggest highlight for you in 2016?

It was a pretty crazy year for us, with one good thing after another. Can we just say all of 2016 has been one big highlight?

What's the techno/trance scene like in Oz just now?

There’s been a healthy trance scene here as long as we can remember but it’s definitely grown a lot in recent years. On the techno front we have all these people exposed to tech house who are now digging deeper and venturing into techno.

You have a unique/distinct signature sound, does this just happen naturally in the studio when you work together or do you sit down and come up with a plan first?

When we first started out, we were referencing a lot of tracks on labels we wanted to get on, trying to get a similar sound. However, we found it difficult, because it simply wasn’t us. Now we just start doing our thing, with no restrictions, and it all comes together naturally. That’s not to say we don’t plan though. We usually talk on the phone a couple of times through the day, so by the time we hit the studio we’re well and truly on the same page.

Who would you most like to collaborate with in music?

Mark Sherry of course, Bryan Kearney, Will Atkinson, Alex Di Stefano, Greg Downey, the list could go on forever!

What is your favourite piece of software for music production?

Our DAW is Ableton. We’ve been using it since about version 6, and we’re both very familiar with it.

Favourite plugin would have to be Ableton's Operator. It’s simple, but still powerful once you learn a bit more about it.

At least 3/4 of our synths are made with it, and basically all our risers.

Your sound floats easily between techno and trance, which we love at Techburst/Outburst. How did this sound come about? Are you influenced by both genres?

Our 'hybrid' sound, as many people have called it, is the result of our combined musical backgrounds, from techno and progressive, to trance and hard house. But that’s only part of the formula. When we’re in the studio we constantly tell jokes, make bad puns, and talk a concerning amount of complete gibberish to each other. You don’t have to be crazy to work with us, but it helps!


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