Last weekend at Electric Forest, I had the opportunity to sit down with Indianaâs own Martin Vogt or, as the EDM community now knows him, Haywyre. Starting from a young age, Haywyre has always had a natural talent for performing and creating music. The multifaceted virtuoso has been studying piano since the age 7, while also improvising and studying jazz since the age just 14.
Itâs no surprise that this long-standing comprehension the music world has translated into massive success in electronic music production, as Haywyre has amassed over 100 thousand followers on SoundCloud, and is currently completing a festival circuit that has spanned over many cities in the U.S. The man behind the magic is even more impressive, as he proved to be incredibly humble and down-to-earth when he opened up about his upbringings.
I read that you moved around a lot throughout your entire life. How has experiencing all these different cultures affected your character, as well as your music?
I think, in a straight-forward way, that naturally there are so many different aspects surrounding that. I was living in the U.S. and Europe as well. Living in Austria influenced me the most creatively, both in terms what I want to do and donât want to do. On a musical level, thereâs a great appreciation for a more traditional approach there. I remember taking music courses – being taught by a piano teacher there – and I remember bursting into tears because it was so intense, man. And itâs not a bad thing, as it really taught me to have high standards. In general, obviously being a part a world that is so different than the U.S., it helped me pick up different things that I enjoy. Iâve now been able to incorporate all these different aspects that I enjoy most into what I create now.
How has having that vast knowledge piano and jazz influenced your music production in the EDM world?
I think that for a long time, there was no conscious effort in integrating that into my current music. I was studying classical music and piano performance, but I liked the idea including improvisational input into my productions, and thatâs where I started to realize that these worlds could collide. My parents were very supportive my jazz interests, luckily enough, so as soon as the ideas improvisation and stuff started coming into my music, thatâs when I started getting more inspired. Itâs great to pay homage to greats, course, and itâs always good to learn by example. Thatâs why jazz is so important to me, and why it lead to me creating my own music in the first place.
When did you decide that electronic music was your calling?
I wouldnât necessarily call electronic music my calling, but it was the best way for me to become a one-man band. If youâre interested in creating music that involves more complex sounds, youâre obviously going to lean towards something that involves a computer. So, thatâs the direction I went in. When I was 16 – in 2009 – I started producing around the same time when electronic music started gaining a ton popularity. Naturally, that rise in popularity started to encourage me to dedicate myself to music production.
Which artists currently inspire you the most?
A big one on that list would be Jacob Collier. Iâve mentioned him quite a bit in the past, and in the last six months heâs really gained a lot recognition for the work heâs doing. Heâs definitely not that active in the electronic music world – heâs more a jazz composer – but heâs a one-man band kind person, and creates everything he performs on his own. He creates these really cool audio/video pieces, that show different versions himself jamming out on different instruments. His capabilities as a multi-instrumentalist are crazy, and heâs got this really impressive understanding music theory.
Who would your dream collab be with?
I donât know if I could boil it down to a single person, but Jacob would definitely be one them. I also havenât really been in the mindset collaborating because Iâm trying to figure out where Iâm taking my own music right now. Iâd also like to work again with Galamatias, as he just came out with a new track a week ago or something. I think our styles complement each other really nicely.
What was it like working with Mr. Bill? Iâve heard he has an incredibly in-depth comprehension music production, and it seems like he could really teach you a lot in the studio.
It was actually such a casual interaction when we were working on that song. He sent me some stems over, and I was like, “Yeah Iâll lay some keys over that here and there.” We didnât really get to spend that much time talking about things outside this song, but I am in touch with him these days. Iâm using Ableton now, and I know heâs been teaching Ableton for like a decade. Now Iâm trying to squeeze as much knowledge at I can, as he understands a lot things that I donât.
What can we expect from you for the rest 2017?
I think itâs hard to define exactly whatâs going to happen, but for the past year Iâve been kind struggling with where I want to take my project next. I felt comfortable with a lot the stuff that Iâve been working with, and I donât want to keep making things that Iâm familiar with. I donât want to do something because I know how to do it, I want to do something that expands my creative boundaries. Up next, is probably releasing new content obviously, and maybe some performance videos and another album.
Listen to Haywyre’s last album, Two Fold Pt. 2, below and find his upcoming tour dates .
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