Torture the artist has done this very honest and interesting interview with Hyenah. A good read!
He has been on the rise for a while, bringing back the rhythm into the House Music scene and delivering outstanding releases on labels such as Jimpster‘s Freerange Records or Dennis Ferrer‘s Objektivity. Additionally the mysterious artist’s music has been supported by most influential artists in the scene like Dixon, Âme from Innervisions or Frankey & Sandrino (Sum Over Histories). We had the honor to have a little chat with Hyenah – an artist who always puts music over personal belongings.
Torture the Artist: Your tracks ‘The Idea (Frankey & Sandrino Remix)‘ and ‘Soak It (Andre Lodemann Remix)‘ are highly charted in Resident Advisor‘s top100 of 2016 and in Beatport‘s Deep House section. Was 2016 the most successful in your career so far?
Hyenah: Most definitely so. Especially the overall top 10 including Frankey & Sandrino’s remix on the pole positions at Resident Advisor and also a second Hyenah track there are a huge surprise. Also being declared the Afro House Artist of the year over at Traxsource is just fantastic and very very flattering. So you are right: it has been an overwhelming year. way beyond what I was hoping for.
Torture the Artist: It all started with ‘The Wish‘ in 2014 that Hyenah began to rise and is now a constant in the Deep- and Afro-House scene. Where does the African influence in your tracks come from and what is your connection to Africa?
Hyenah: It is interesting that you ask this because in Africa people ask the exact opposite thing: “How come you are so techy, so dark and so edgy? Where does that come from?” So you see it is always a matter of perspecitve, like so many things in life.I guess my secret is to play on this open field right between the very soulful, deep and groove focused South African House scene and the strong focus on perfect mixing, engineering and a very detailed work on sounds, which stands for the European scene. I actually think it is more a triangle, since I also consider the American raw- and roughness an important influence.