Hako is the latest in emerging talents from the UK’s House and Techno underground scene.
Starting out as recent as 2019 he has already built up an impressive resume garnering support from some of the industries biggest heavyweights.
When he’s not in his studio creating heavy bassline beats he can be found supporting some of the best acts the scene has to offer, from rising duo Versus to the technically gifted DJ’s such as Doorly at venues all over the UK.
With releases on labels such as Freakin909 and support from the likes of Jamie Jones, Sammy Porter and Max Chapman to name a few, Hako is definitely a name to look out for in the years to come!
Check out our interview with Hako below the picture!
Paul: First of all, I’d like to welcome you to the label and the Eco-Beats family. We are really excited to have you on board.
Hako: Thanks for having me. I’m looking forward to working with you guys.
Paul: Here at Eco-Beats we are an Eco-friendly label and we aim to highlight climate issues that the world is facing whilst also donating 10% of our profits to environmental causes. What are your thoughts on the current global climate situation?
Hako: It’s something that’s really caught my attention over the last couple of years and it’s clear that it’s something that we need to take seriously. It concerns me that we have political leaders that are climate change deniers and are not taking it seriously. I believe by everybody making small differences that as a collective we can make a big difference.
Paul: I completely agree with you Hako. So, moving onto the music side of things, when did your love for dance music and all things Tech-House begin?
Hako: It all started during my late teens. I did a music performance course at college and during that time I started to go out clubbing. I soon discovered different styles of music that I hadn’t heard before and started to gravitate towards the Tech-House music scene. Once I was hooked on the music, I soon got the bug for producing and wanted to learn more about how the music in the clubs was being made.
Paul: What was it about the Tech-House genre that got you hooked?
Hako: At the time when I got into Tech-House, Patrick Topping was releasing gem after gem, and Solardo were releasing tracks with these rolling style baselines which really hooked me. Tech-House events always have a big community feel as well and I always felt welcomed and free at these events.
Paul: You talked about Patrick Topping there, has he been an inspiration for your productions?
Hako: Definitely! I’ve always been a huge fan of Patrick Topping. His production is always top class and he still manages to stay true to his underground roots even though he’s having massive mainstream success.
Paul: You mentioned earlier that you took a music performance course in college, was this where you learned to produce?
Hako: I’m actually a self-taught producer and I have learnt mostly everything I know from YouTube tutorials and from online courses such as Fader Pro.
Paul: Are there any tutorials you would recommend?
Hako: I probably learnt the most from Deadmau5 tutorials. It’s not my kind of music but there is no denying that he is a world-class producer and I have learnt so many production techniques from those videos.
Paul: Do you have any production secrets of your own that you can share with us?
Hako: I have a VST called D Blue Glitch that I sometimes use on vocals. It’s fantastic for manipulating vocals and can really bring them to life.
Paul: Sounds great! I will have to check that out. When you are starting tracks do you have a particular method that you follow?
Hako: Usually I try to get a solid 8 bar loop down and then once I’m happy with that I make another one and then start to build an arrangement. It’s really important that the kick and bass work well together and that the track grooves. Once the groove is good to go then I start searching online for vocal samples from podcasts or I will use my own ideas.
Paul: What advice would you give to any up and coming producers?
Hako: I’d say the most important thing as an upcoming producer is to really work on getting your production to a high level before you start sending out to labels. I know when you first start out you just want to release everything, but there is no rush in releasing your first piece of music and it should be something you’re really happy with.
Paul: So, you have been producing and Djing now for the last 4 years, do you have any stand out moments?
Hako: It’s funny because one of the biggest moments I had in my career I wasn’t even supposed to be playing. I had gone to support a friend of mine, Matt Darey, who was playing a gig in a 2000 capacity venue and halfway through his set he asked me to take over. Luckily for me, I had my USBs handy and was able to take over from Matt. The energy in the room that night was unbelievable and it confirmed to me that this was what I wanted to do.
Paul: Amazing! It just shows you can never be too prepared. Do you have any long-term goals with music and is there a level that you aspire to get to?
Hako: This might sound cliché but for me, it really is all about the music. I enjoy the process of making music and even find it quite therapeutic. As long as I’m still enjoying making music I won’t stop. It’s not about the fame and fortune for me.
Paul: That’s nice to hear. It seems so many are just in it for the fame and fortune these days. Do you have any upcoming gigs for people to catch you at?
Hako: I’m excited to play at Numidie Bar in Crystal Palace, London on the 7th March. It’s an intimate venue and the vibes there where are always on-point.
Paul: Awesome! Well thanks, Hako, it’s been great to chat with you today. We are really excited for your upcoming EP, Twisted, which is due to be released with ourselves on the 6th March and can’t wait to hopefully work more with you in the future.
Hako: No problem! Thanks for having me.
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