One of our GROOVIN’ THE MOO must-sees are Blue Mountains-bred beatmakers, HERMITUDE. Their latest album Hyperparadise has been on repeat for weeks and is a genre-hopping, mind blowing aural experience. El Gusto, DJ and MPC Lord, got down and answered a couple of our questions for us!
Purple Sneakers: Your albums feature some pretty epic experimental sounds. How do you plan on recreating those sounds live?
H: We have a couple synths and an MPC 1000 sampler that we use to recreate the sounds live. Dubs uses a Nord electro 3 which has an onboard sample player, so we can sample some of our analogue synths that we use in the studio and on many of the songs on HyperParadise but are too old to come out touring with us.
PS: Elgusto, you’ve said that you are influenced by the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. What, in particular fascinates and inspires you? Did you catch Manu Chao La Ventura’s amazing set for the Sydney Festival earlier this year?
H: I was lucky enough to go to Cuba when I was 15 and study percussion for a month, and I think that this trip in particular had a big influence on the rhythms that I use and definitely on some of the rhythms and grooves on our latest record. Unfortunately I was away for the Manu Chao gig, I had friends who said it was amazing!
Can’t wait for May to come so you can see them in action?
Well National Youth Week starts next Friday April 13 and Hermitude are the headliners. Head to Campbelltown in Sydney from 5pm to check them out. Plus there are local hip hop crews, dance workshops and performances, a parkour demo and much more. For more info see HERE.