Get to Know: Hydraulix
Sydney producer HYDRAULIX as returned for 2018 in true style – with one, huge banger. Teaming up with TeZATalks for vocal duties, the pair have combined forces to deliver ‘Angels’, a future beat earworm that highlights Hydraulix‘s refined and polished production skills, infusing G-funk and addictive bass to deliver an all-out, bass-dropping number that will have you moving within seconds.
Featuring piercing synths and intricate melodies, Hydraulix shines bright as a force to be reckoned with, and it seems the rest of the world is starting to notice too with artists like NGHTMRE and ALISON WONDERLAND dropping his tracks in their sets (Wonderland played his unreleased material during her incredible COACHELLA set), while the man himself DILLON FRANCIS noted Hydraulix as one of his favourite Australian producers. Now he’s back in the country after touring across the world for the better part of the last year, and has already embarked on one of his biggest tours yet. Clearly, Hydraulix is one to watch, so we got to know him a little better before he well and truly blows up.
Who are you?
I’m Damien but I produce music under Hydraulix.
I’m a bass a music enthusiast and live in the sunny suburbs of Sydney. I enjoy skipping long walks on the beach and sitting in the studio instead. I’m also a pretty avid video gamer.
How did Hydraulix come to be? (when did you start making music etc.)
The Hydraulix project has been going about 7 years now. Before that I started out playing wobbley fidget house as a DJ in Sydney clubs for years. I always loved music and started to learn to produce from there, it was actually a friend of mine who came up with the name Hydraulix. I started out making songs in my bedroom and it’s all kinda progressed and flourished into what it is today.
What are we talking, vibes-wise? (style/genre)
I mean I take a lot of influence from a lot of different areas. It’s always bass music influenced, and I really enjoy putting in stuff from what got me into electronic music which is wobbley sounds, weirder sounds. But then I also draw a lot of influence from hip hop/RNB producers like Timbaland, Pharrell, and Dre in the drum programming as well as current Atlanta trap music. So really, it’s a bit of a mixture of sounds that I find cool in music, always trying to find something new!
Tell us a bit about your new single, ‘Angels’?
Angels was such a ball to write. I think this is a good example of hearing a few of the different influences I have when it comes to writing music. It’s got your Timbaland & Pharrell kind of percussion with that west coast inspired Dr. Dre G-Funk while Teza rips it with some crazy catchy soulful vocals. This was a real push for me as it’s probably the most musical tune I’ve ever written. I’m mega happy with the end result and can’t wait to see what people think!
What can we expect from you moving forward?
I’ve got a tonne of really cool things coming up. Lots of touring and lots of writing. I’m currently touring for my Kingdom EP and still have lots of stops I’m really excited about including heading to New Zealand this weekend. Once this tour wraps up I’ll be heading back to the states for a run of festivals, will be epic! Music wise I’ve already got a good string of tunes to follow up the Kingdom EP including a bunch of collaborations with some artists I’m really excited to be working with.
Where can we hear more of your work?
To keep up to date with everything your best to follow me on my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (hydraulixdub). But you can find all my music on your respective retailers iTunes, Beatport, Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud, MySpace lol.
‘Angels’ is out now, stream/buy here.
Catch Hydraulix on tour, details below: