Interview: Hybrasil

We spoke to Hybrasil about the release of his Calculator EP on Loose Records and on becoming an ambassador for Native Instruments. He also filled us in on some of his recent performances which seen him perform alongside the likes of Eats Everything and the legendary Carl Cox.

Congratulations on the recent release of your Calculator EP on Loose Records as well as other recent releases such as the Easy Way EP on Kenja Records and the Manhattan Project EP. It’s great to see an Irish musician doing well! How has the public reaction been to your releases and have they been going down well in your sets?

Yeah the overall reaction has been really strong, I’m very happy with the whole thing. All EPs have picked up strong support from DJs like Nicole Moudaber, Luigi Madonna, The Advent, ONNO, Huxley etc. Calculator has been especially popular, I’ve been closing all my festival live sets with it and it took the roof off Boxed Off Festival. Easy Way and Oppenheimer have also gone down well throughout Festival season. I’ve always held a few tracks back from release for exclusive use in Live sets, but I’m really happy to share these ones. I felt it was the right time after the strong support I received throughout the summer.

You’re an ambassador for Native Instruments ‘Maschine MK3’, how did that come around?

I first met the Native London guys at Brighton Music Conference in 2016. They had an amazing tech area where I got try out a lot of new gear. I was invited over to the London offices for some training. A few months later they were rolling out Maschine Jam and asked me to run the product launch in Dublin which was a really good success.

From there I hosted Native Sessions in Belfast at AVA Festival and presented the launch of Maschine MKIII in October. I’m currently organising a series of Native Meet Ups around Ireland which have taken place in Galway, Kerry and Dublin. Since returning from Ibiza I started an intensive winter studio program, running this series of free events is my way of giving back to my music community. Native Meet ups is a great vehicle for that.

You played some memorable gigs in 2017 such as the Pure Carl Cox performance in July, Resistance in August and Café Del Mar in September. Which was your favourite performance and why?

The Pure Carl Cox show was something truly special. Being added to that line up with Joseph Capriati, tINI, Archie Hamilton, Eats Everything and Carl himself was a dream come true. Along with Jeff Mills, Carl was a big influence on my early DJ career. My mates and me used to go see him at the Old Redbox club in Dublin. One of my mates crashed his car up in the Wicklow mountains on the evening of one of his gigs, pushed his car into a field and still made it to the show. Incredible stuff, we really didn’t give a shit about anything else. There was a special electricity in the air at Privilege that night, something totally unique. It was one of the best parties I’ve ever seen, a huge credit to the Game Over team for putting it together.

You played to 3000 people at Boxed Off Festival in September, performing before Enrico Sangiuliano, Nicole Moudaber and Jeff Mills as well as featuring at the AVA conference and Forbidden Fruit Festival in June. What kind of experience was it playing at Irish festivals?

This summer was my best ever on the Festival circuit. It was my first time billing and performing as a headline act, the crowds were amazing across the board and being higher on the bill put me in front of a lot of people. It was an incredible summer.

Boxed Off was especially good. It was my homecoming show after a hectic season in Ibiza and I felt a real connection with that crowd. They were truly amazing. My tracks are written for big spaces and that was a big old space. I felt humbled to receive such a warm welcome home and it was definitely a career highlight to date.

You also performed at the 20th anniversary of Loose Club (Naples) in the Melkweg main room at ADE on October 17th. How did that go down and what’s your favourite thing about playing international gigs?

The first Hybrasil release was signed by Mario Manganelli at Loose Club during ADE 2015 during a producer meet at the In Deep N Dance Record store so I felt really honoured to be part of their 20th Anniversary at Melkweg with Techno Tuesdays. That was an amazing show, the place filled up really quickly and the crowd was really good. I’ve always loved Melkweg so I was very excited to finally play there. I love to travel and I love performing to people. Playing internationally is something I really enjoy.

Lastly, what are your plans for the future and how would you like to see your career in music panning out?

Studio, touring and teaching. I’m in my studio every day working towards my goals, I’m about two years into a four year plan. I love being around my machines, I love the musky smell from old recording consoles, I love performing live, I love to travel and one of my passions is sharing knowledge and helping others grow as artists. It’s hard to find time to teach on a consistent basis, so to help my followers I am currently developing a series of online artist development programs which will go live this year.

Hybrasil’s ‘Calculator’ Ep is out now on Loose Records.