This week’s interview features a bass-music heavyweight spanning many BPMs with his genre-defying tunes sitting comfortably on reputable labels such as Swamp 81, Encrypted, CNCPT, Dubs Galore (to name a few!) + his own label, Manuka. Please welcome to the blog, Hypho!
SSC: In your own words, who are you and what do you do?
H: How’s it going? I’m Hypho. A music producer and DJ from the UK, born in Carlisle, Cumbria. Currently situated in Manchester. I’m signed to Swamp81, Encrypted Audio, CNCPT Collective and Dubs Galore. I also run a record label with Xarka called Manuka and we push 130 Bass music with elements of Techno, Garage and Dubstep.
SSC: So, how was the journey? What started it all off and how did that lead you to where you are today?
H: My Journey has been a real blessing since starting the ‘Hypho‘ project in Manchester back in 2013. I’ve always loved making bass music and I try to do so without any real boundaries on which genre I create. I’ve always done it for the love, which is why I believe I’m still doing this today!
SSC: Who are the main influences for you, musically?
H: My main influences would be people like Pearson sound, Mount Kimbie, Lamont, Loefah, Sleeper and a whole bunch of artists on the left-field side of bass music! I’ve also delved into a lot of downtempo music in my spare time and love listening to Bonobo, Altimeter, James Blake, SBTRKT, Sorrow and Asa, Bajka to name a few!
SSC: What do you consider the highlight of your music career so far, and why?
H: The highlight of my career so far has to be signing to my favourite label ‘Swamp81’ and also, travelling the world doing what I love – which I will always be proud of, as this has always been for sheer fun and love of the music!
SSC: Any moments you’d rather forget?
H: I mean, as an artist, I released music back in the day which I look back at and think to myself why I even bothered – but I guess that’s all a part of finding my feet in the scene and leading me where I am today.
SSC: You also run ‘Manuka Records’, pushing music around 130bpm that’s slightly out of the ordinary – mind telling us when and why you started up the label?
H: So… I’ve always been a fan of this ‘130’ sound which doesn’t really fall into any genre, with people like Swamp81, Hessle Audio, Keysound Recordings and Jelly Bean Farm pushing their own unique sound within the scene. I really liked their stuff and had my own ideas and twists on this which lead me to start up Manuka with my friend Xakra.
It’s been really eye-opening and a great thing for me as I’ve been able to showcase a lot of my own ideas when it comes to where I want to go within this musical world. I’d like to say a big up to all the artists who have been involved. They have really added their own vibes to Manuka, which is amazing.
SSC: Anyone we should be keeping an eye on right now? Any particular artists/ DJs standing out to you?
H: I’m always on the hunt for new artists and the people sticking out to me right now are people like Pluralist, Squane, Biome, Kahter and Chunky. They all have their individual take on this sort of music and they always amaze me and make me push boundaries with my own music!
SSC: Other than bass-focused music, are there any other genres or artists you are particularly fond of currently?
H: I love Downtempo music, trip-hop, future garage, jazz, neo-soul and anything that pulls on my heartstrings!
SSC: What’s on the horizon for Hypho? Anything exciting coming up?
H: There’s a lot on the cards for this year. I go on tour to America in 4 days and I am really excited! Hitting up 17 shows in a month and it’s going to be amazing! As for releases; I have new projects coming out this year on CNCPT Collective (24 January), Swamp 81, Eat My Beat and also my own label!
SSC: And finally, if you could give one piece of advice for those wishing to follow in your path, what would it be?
H: Love what you do and be realistic with it. Focus on what makes you happy and also lastly, enjoy yourself!
Big up Lou for taking the time to chat with us! Keep up to date with all things Hypho at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/hyphomusic/