Getting The Jump On HIDDN As He Starts His Asian Tour
Catching up with HIDDN just after the first gig on his Asian tour at Levels BKK, we gained some insight into his recent switch from behind the scenes to the forefront of the public eye, after launching his first Solo Album “Out Of The Shadows” on Armada Music in January 2017. To catch a feel for his style you should check out his eerie, yet beautifully crafted "Blood On My Hands" off the same release. The angelic tones from LEVV on the vocals accent the production perfectly - check it out here...
Being no stranger to the industry, having worked as a ghost producer for numerous household names in the game for a decade or more, he has collabed with Top 100 DJs in previous projects. Growing up in a musical family, his father being a composer for over 40 years, the foundation had already been laid for life in the industry. So no surprise, really, that he would take to the stage to further develop his career. Also, no guesses why he chose the name (HIDDN), for his current project and hints nicely to his creative talents but what pushed him to make the jump?
How did this all begin for you, as music has been a major part of your life from a young age, was it always the plan to be a producer?
I started music at a very young age. I went to music academy and I started paying some instruments at this time. I never planned to be a producer when I was young but I was 100 % sure that I would make music for the rest of my life. Almost 10 years ago I met a guy who was a producer in my hometown, Brussels. We became friends and after a while, he installed the DAW (now Cubase), and I was like a child in front of the best ever video game. The magic happened that day and I knew, from then, I would become a Producer.
What moved you into electronic music, was there any one moment you can think of that made you think, yeah, that is me?
I started to listen to electronic music with Daft Punk. I really loved their music and I was hearing something unique in their sound. I fell in love with progressive house music with Swedish House Mafia. I was feeling so much emotion in the crowd when they were playing live - I could say that is one moment I said to myself "I want to share and give the same emotion to the people and produce my own music".
You have produced for many years as a ghost producer, so why the sudden change to the forefront of the game?
For me, it was an opportunity to be able to produce for globally known DJ’s. It helped me also to develop my production skills.
As ghost producer, I have produced songs that have been classified in the top 100 Beatport and some of these songs were played recently at Tomorrowland on the main stage. It was precisely at that point that I got the click, where I said, “You should have been there on stage, Share your music with people!”
Your last release, 'Polaroids and Dirty Dances', launched on Trapcity in collab with Juicy M was released early last month, right? How has it performed and did it exceed expectations?
Polaroids and Dirty Dances is going well on Spotify and other platforms. We got many positive feedbacks for the track so Juicy M and I were very happy to see all the positive reactions.
Your latest production with Rivero, 'Shadows' on Musical Freedom, Tiesto's label, is banging in comparison to Polaroids, when was it released
Yes, Shadow is totally different from my first releases. But for me it was obvious that I would begin, again, producing Festival/Club tracks, as I started with this kind of sound many years ago. I felt It was the good time for me to release a Festival Banger and the track was released on 15th January and is already gaining ground with support from Hardwell, Yves V, Juicy M, Wolfpack, W&W, Quintino, R3hab, Florian Picasso, Salvatore Ganacci and many more.
As the genres of your last two releases are in such contrast, do find yourself always bouncing through genres of the electronic world and what inspires you to put tracks together?
In the past, as a ghost, I always received instructions and guidelines before producing, so my mind was never really free. I did what the artist wanted and produced what I was asked to produce, according to the wishes and aspirations of the artist. Big Room, Future House, Deep House, Trap, Pop… no matter the style, I plunged into the musical universe imposed and composed. This year, when I started my HIDDN project, it was a new chapter in my life opened, and to be honest, it was the first time I was free like a bird to produce music. So now when I’m in the studio I just give free reign to my inspiration and that’s why I can produce 2 tracks with completely different vibes.
Ok, so what is in the pipeline, as I have a little info that you are planning some collabs soon, or are already working on some new projects?
I have a EP coming on Armada Music in the coming weeks and many collabs with greats Dj’s in the making. I can’t wait to share all my new music.
So we jumped you because we found out you are starting an Asian tour and as your first gig is in Bangkok at Levels, it was the best time to get you. Is it your first time in Asia?
It’s my first time In Asia and I have no words to describe how I’m excited to perform in these great Clubs.
Where to next, after your tour in Asia?
We will probably to another continent for the second tour of 2018. More news will come soon :)
Totally buzzed to have caught up with HIDDN on the first leg of his foray into Asia and hope he gets the same reception in the region that we in “Land Of Smiles” gave him. To check out his movements, check the tour dates below and we at DJ Mag Asian hope to catch up with again soon, as we are sure he’ll be back.
@2018 DJ MAG ASEAN