Hadda has been on my radar since I started Siktir Musik some months ago now. Though his productions are eclectic the foundation of his music is strong, purposeful drums twinned with throbbingly deep bass. We met up with him to ask a few questions:
By way of an introduction what’s your name, where are you from and what do you think makes a Hadda tune?
Easy! My name is Ryan and I’ve been producing under the alias ‘Hadda’ for about 2 years now. I’m from the Isle of Wight, somewhere you probably went on a school trip to in primary school (laughs)!
It’s always hard for me to talk about my own music, I’m always just pointing out the things that don’t sound right – I’m never happy (laughs)! From what I’ve had people tell me, it’s the drum work that stands out in my tracks; I think it’s the minimal approach I take which compliments the rest of the track.
How did you initially get in to music production? Who were your influences early on?
I’m not entirely sure what got me into production. When I was at school my best mates’ older brother produced for quite a while and he would always tell me about how fascinating it was watching his brother create music. Every day we would just walk around talking about music, it was all that mattered to us; we were in our own little world talking about new releases and showing each other tunes that we had discovered.
My Dad got me into DJ’ing, when I was 13 I got a really basic USB turntable controller which thinking back at it makes me laugh how much I rated it back then (laughs)! From there, I was always mashing up my favourite tracks trying to come up with something that sounded special. And again, all this was for my mate – I would always be spamming his inbox with mixes I had recorded! One thing that I will always remember is the time when I was so impressed with a double-drop that I was shouting for my Dad to come and listen to it! Good times!
Speaking of DJing, you’ve recently got yourself a weekly spot on Access FM. What can people expect from your show, and how are you finding the Access family? The station are also releasing a free compilation on the 14th – are you on there? Can you give us a little wink and a nudge as to who to look out for?
First of all massive shout out to Cisco at Access FM for giving me the opportunity! As for what to expect from my show, there are no boundaries. The music is just whatever I’m feeling at the time: from Grime to Hip Hop, and Reggae to the darkest Dubstep. I always plan what tracks I’m going to play every week, but I’m always trying to squeeze in the freshest dubs or bangers that I can’t resist playing! I can’t stress how much I appreciate being able to play on Access, the whole crew has always supported me even when I had a technical nightmare on my debut show, but let’s not go into that (laughs)! Shout outs to the chatroom regulars too!
I’m stoked for the compilation to drop which features two of my tracks, ‘Lost Souls’ and ‘Mindblock’ (a collaboration with Mad Ice which features a Mavado vocal). The thing I love about the compilation is the diversity, there’s something for everyone on there. This LP is something that I’ve been supporting for a very long time, and once again, massive respect to Cisco for organizing it all!
I think the diversity of music you play in your show is definitely reflected in your production. A look over your recent Soundcloud clips finds the Chord Marauder-esque ‘Angkor’; your deep, rolling remix of Arkwright’s ‘Kunai’ and your newest clip even has you experimenting at 130. Is it a conscious decision to dip your toes in different styles?
I’m glad you mentioned ‘Angkor’, so much appreciation needs to go to iNTRiKeT for making that release happen. His efforts at Midnight City Records need to be recognized. Oh, and every time a Chord Marauder reference is made it makes me blush!
Similarly to my Access FM shows, the styles of my tracks vary depending on my mood. I never open up Ableton thinking: “Right, I need to make a really dark moody track for this label.”. My productions are obviously influenced by what I have been listening to; a Monday night after Youngsta’s show on Rinse FM is time when the real darkness happens (laughs)!
You live on the Isle of Wight. Despite being lovely and picturesque, do you feel being off the mainland cuts you off from the scene somewhat? I can’t imagine you have a dance you can get to every week and see which tunes are going off. Do you think lacking that influence has an effect on what you produce?
Ah yes, definitely! Despite the fact that we have two of the UK’s best major festivals – Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival – which are both beginning to support the scene, there isn’t a regular Dubstep dedicated event. Big ups to Theo & Michael for keeping the sound alive down here, and of course anyone else that I haven’t heard of that is doing the Island justice! To be fair, I think the odd two festivals really inspire me to make something different. House is always a much admired genre at these festivals, and when I see the crowd’s reaction compared to when a “head’s down stepper” is dropped I’m always eager to make something really energetic.
Finally, what’s in the works for Hadda? Any releases or projects we should be looking out for?
Only time will tell, I guess. Just going with the flow, I have no real plans at the moment so it’s just a case of building and expanding my unique sounds and I’ll see what happens from there. One thing that I’m certain of is a project which I would love to tell you all about, but I’m sure I will get into trouble with the rest of the lads (laughs)!
Keep an eye out for the Apache E.P. (which features the original track by Vileside & I, as well as the remixes from Kismet and Christopher Yikes) that will be dropping for free some time in the near future!
I would just like to say a massive shout out to Rubrica, Vileside, Orbit.R, Echomaker and the entire 4D team, Makz (who I can’t wait to catch up with when he returns from Australia), Epoxtacy, Eugh and Hyse! Again, massive respect to Access FM, Theo (Sepia) and Michael (Ming da Mercilus). There really are too many people to thank! And finally, thanks to everyone who supports me and enjoys my music! Especially you Will!
(laughs) You’re a cutie Ryan. Thanks for the interview
No problem mate! Was my pleasure!
In the interest of showcasing his incredible diversity, Hadda is giving away a free experimental track through the blog. Go listen to it, download it, and find more from from Hadda at the links below: