Huwbergine - Interview

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

Brand new artist hailing from Leeds, UK. In his own words, “Huwbergine was my lockdown project. I shut myself away, worked on my production skills, shaved my head and attempted to reinvent myself. I've been telling my friends about it for nearly two years. It became the equivalent of telling someone “yeah we should hang out sometime" and it never coming to full fruition. I am however, a man of my word, so I made it my business to use lockdown as a chance to nally get it off the ground. I hope you enjoy it".

His self-produced debut single, “Grow", is about “new seasons, looking to the future, change. It's about recognising those moments where the universe seems to be poking you in a new direction and embracing that. Life comes in waves. We're all guilty of dwelling on the past and letting it prevent us from discovering the next chapter, getting stuck in the comedown of a past peak. But what the future holds may be even better, you’ve just got to let it in. So this is to say ‘Yeah, that was cool. What’s next’? Nothing’s ever as good the second time round anyway”. "Grow" is out now via 88 Watt Records.

What first inspired you to make music?

I grew up surrounded by people with a passion for music. That rubbed off on me and I found myself deeply inspired to follow that path myself. I can't put it down to one specic event, but I just remember being in awe of certain people who made music. It's always been the thing that I've been good at, now to the point where I don't really know what else I'd do.

Who is your biggest influence?

I don't have one specific biggest influence. I'm inspired by many different things. If I had to name some of the artists that inspired this particular project, I'd say Prince, Tame Impala, Rex Orange County, Connan Mockasin, M83, Yussef Kamaal. Super melodic, funky ass grooves basically.

How would you describe your music and what path has brought you here?

As I say, I think it's highly melodic, very groove orientated. Very funky, quite soulful. I think the path that got me is probably spending most of my musical career playing other styles, and this just being a means for me to explore other avenues that I love. Also, I got an opportunity to go on tour around Europe and play synth bass for a pop singer when I was younger. I went out and bought a synth so I could land the gig, and it was life changing experience. I developed a lot and when that came to end, I felt I had a void I wanted to ll. So I dusted off the ivories.

What is your creative process? Where do you nd inspiration?

I think most of my inspiration just comes from playing and when I feel like I'm on form. If I'm out of form, and not practicing, I tend to feel less inspired. So I try to make sure I'm on top of that. When I'm playing I feel good about it and I just stumble across more ideas. There's also just a deep need to express myself.

What is the most enjoyable and most frustrating part of recording for you?

Best part, hearing your ideas back for the rst time and feeling like you're onto something. That rush of creativity. Worst? Not getting any daylight or fresh air. Turning into a hermit. Looking like crap...

What is the most enjoyable and frustrating part of live performance?

The best thing is when you're on your A game and you feel well rehearsed, and condent. The worst thing is when you feel under prepared, and out of practice, and under-condent and there's nowhere to hide.

What is the most memorable gig you performed?

Download Festival with my band. It was a dream come true.

How do you feel social media and the internet has affected the way you promote or distribute your music?

I think there's a need to be constantly creating now. It's not enough to just release a track every now and again. You need to be doing something almost every day, and working towards that next post. Rather than just that next release. You have to live it.

What is the most trouble you have gotten into?

Hmm. When I was a teenager I skipped school, got the train to the next town and spent the day recording drums with my friends. I got my friend Tommy to call the school up and pretend to be my Dad. They didn't buy it for one minute and my Mum's friend saw me in town. I remember my Mum picking me up from my friend Bob's and smelling Jack Daniels on my clothes. I was grounded for a long time.

What is the best advice you have been given?

There's too many.A good one that springs to mind now though is call people up. Don't just email. Ring people. You'll keep better friends.

Being part of the music scene, there must be acts that you have played with that have made an impact on you?

I remember playing Reading Festival and we were first on, on the Sunday morning. The last band on the Saturday night just after we arrived was Queens of the Stone Age. I remember we ran all the way from the campsite to the tent where they were playing and caught that last part of the set. That was probably the most inspired I've ever felt going on stage the next day after seeing that.

What was the driving force behind your latest work? Are there certain subjects that are dealt with?

Subject wise it's about new seasons, change. It's quite nostalgic. Looking back on a time at the end of an era, with warmth, and acknowledging that it's the start of a new one, and being excited about that. It's kind of appreciating that people move on, people change, but not always in a bad way. That's life.

What part of the production process were you keen to incorporate?

I think just having tight as a nut bass lines, locking in with the kick to a T. Just trying to create the most badass drum and bass grooves really, and using that as the foundation.

Were there any hurdles, how did the material develop?

Yes, because this was my rst self-produced project it took me quite a while to nish. It was almost an experiment, I realised I had to invest in certain bits of gear along the way to get it sounding how I wanted. But hopefully after all that trial and error, I can churn songs out a lot quicker from this point on.

Which platforms will the material be released on?

All the usual streaming platforms - Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon etc. And then Bandcamp, Soundcloud etc.









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