We got to speak to Haezer ahead of the release of his latest EP, ‘Gold Plated Frequencies’. He talked to us about how he created his new EP and also mentioned aspects of how he maintains his distinct musical style. You should head to the Gold Plated Frequencies Launch at The Side Show in Cape Town on the 18th of December, early bird tickets close on the 7th of December, click here for details. The launch will also be his first live visual show. 

Photo by Luca Senoner

DYD: Let’s talk about your EP, Gold Plated Frequencies. What was the creative process behind it; did you actively engage your mind to the create the tracks or did you just let it flow and see if something happened?

Haezer: I took the approach of just making songs again and experimenting a lot. I spent a week recording analogue synths and chose a handful of samples to use for the EP and limited myself to that sound bank as to get a uniform sound through the EP.

I made a lot of skeleton tracks and took a lot of time choosing which of those tracks I would complete for the EP. In the end the EP kind of wrote itself, because I was in a certain mind space at that time and it just carried through for the whole duration of the making of the EP.

DYD: What kind of response are you expecting from the release of Gold Plated Frequencies?
Haezer: In my opinion people will either love it or hate it.

DYD: Maybe we’re seriously big fans or something but we’ve found that you have such a distinct sound, that if we’re listening to one of your tracks that we don’t know then we’ll be able to pick up that you made it. How do you stay true to yourself in the production process and not get drawn into the ‘hip and now’ sounds? 
Haezer: I try and never listen to similar artists while in in the production phase and that’s why I don’t gig too often when I’m producing. That way I come up with my own unique ideas and can keep true to my sound. All producers have their own little production technique secrets and that definitely plays a big role in your overall uniform sound.

DYD: We’re going to mention Embassy because we listened to your set at sub_urban state and it was really different from a typical Haezer set. Would you ever consider producing music that fits in other genres under Embassy?
Haezer: Yes, I’m very excited about the idea behind Embassy, which is to create music with no genre limitations. But right now I’m putting all my time and energy into Haezer.

DYD: Was there a specific moment in time when you realized that you were gaining success; a moment where you thought, ‘Wow, this is really going somewhere and people are listening’, or was rising to prominence a subtle experience for you?
Haezer: It was when I couldn’t carry on as an editor, because I had so many tour requests that I just couldn’t take any more time off from work. I realized that Haezer could be my career and not just a hobby. The other fundamental moment in my career as Haezer was playing overseas and hearing kids singing the few lyrics I have in my tracks and realizing these kids actually know all of my music!

DYD: Do you think that South Africa will be able to make a remarkable impact on the worldly electronic music scene in the next few years?
Haezer: I think we have already. With so many international festivals making their way to SA and artists like Black Coffee, Goldfish and now Sibot, me, Hypomaniacs, Double-Adapter and Niskerone playing Europe, America and Australia on a regular basis has definitely shaped the way for other very talented local DJs to see that it’s possible and not this untraceable dream to play other parts of the world.

DYD: How did the Haezer vs. Double-Adapter arrangement come about? Is it because you are both under Griet or did you guys just decide that it would be a really cool idea?
Haezer: We are good friends and have very similar taste in music and just thought it would be super fun to go back to back.

DYD: We’ve watched many of your performances. Which one stands out for you and why?
Haezer: I have to say Hurricane and Southside in Germany. It was my first massive festival in Europe and the energy was absolutely insane. I had a 20 minute chant before I went on at Hurricane and that 20 minutes got me so pumped, the rest of that show and Southside I had this special connection with the crowd. I also just love seeing South African flags and SPRINGBOK jerseys in the crowd at a German music festival!

If you want more Haezer information:
– Like the Haezer Facebook page
– Check out the Haezer Soundcloud page
– Follow Haezer on Twitter

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