Countdown to Defqon.1: Hawman

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If GREEN is your domain, you’ll be getting acquainted with Melbourne’s DJ Hawman at Defqon.1 this September. A week before it all kicks off at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Hawman will also perform under his other artist alias ‘Gatty’ at Q-BASE in Germany, where he will be tearing down the Qlub Underground area. We spoke to Hawman about his upcoming performances and his passion for hard dance music.

Can you tell us a bit more about your roots and musical style?
My interest in dance music came from a fascination with the shuffle and Melbourne’s underground rave scene. I started out listening to mix CDs from PHD and Central Energy, and slowly started attending the hugely popular Pharmacy events as well as the local clubs; PHD, HSD, Bass Station and 3D. From there my interest to become a DJ grew, so I bought some decks and practiced non-stop.

Once I had my DJ skills ‘under control’ I decided the next step would be to try and make music myself too. After I met Thilo & Evanti at an event in Melbourne on New Years Day 2007, I decided I was going to focus myself on music production. I had a really good chat with them that day about making music, which was so inspiring for me, that that day literally ended up changed my life. I was hitting the studio the next day (laughs)!

So you perform under two artist aliases, Gatty and Hawman. What’s the difference?
As Gatty I focus on the hard dance sound and Hawman is a lower tempo, dark, deep, and techno style-freak! I try and infuse the techno sound into all of my sets though, as I find a wide music taste can benefit everybody. I always make sure my set flows from start to finish, and give it a massive amount of depth so the crowd stays interested.

Apart from Thilo & Evanti, are there any other artists in particular that inspire you musically?
At the moment there is a huge amount of talented producers that motivate me to make new sounds. Artists I’m really loving include The Engineer, Lee Mac, A*S*Y*S, Side E-fect, David Rust, DJ Husband, Len Faki, A-Brothers, Spark Taberner, Chris Liebing, Sven Wittekind, AnGy KoRe, Geck-o, Acti, Chris Dynasty, Pred and Vazard & Delete. So there are many!

Your performance on this edition of Defqon.1 Australia will be your debut. What do you expect – and what can we look forward to?
I expect some massive support from my friends and fans on the GREEN stage, but most of all, I just want to see people smiling, enjoying the music and of course, fist pumping! You can expect unrelenting techno beats with a special touch of Hawman.

What else have you got planned coming up?
I’ve learnt in life that you really need to follow your dreams to be happy and focus on what you are passionate about. So during my travels to the Netherlands this year I will be scoping out my options to make the move to the land of tulips, windmills and Q-dance but, until that time, I will be focusing all my attention on my sound design and production techniques while I continue to push the Gatty and Hawman sounds around the world.