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Hook N Sling: Changing My Sound Feels Natural

Hook N Sling opens up about his recent release with Digital Farm Animals.

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Hook N Sling has been an influential artist over the last few years. With tracks arriving on some of the biggest labels on the dance music circuit, he has delivered anthem after anthem, but also changed his sound to the musical direction he wants to head. More recently, he has released his newest collaboration with Digital Farm Animals titled ‘Arms Around Me’. So we caught up with Hook N Sling to talk about his musical directions, new music and a lot more.

Kicking things off, I wanted to jump in and talk about the change in your style of music. Over the years you have moved from Progressive House to Electro and then into the more main stream Future House vibes. Is this something you always wanted to do when producing?

To be honest, I’ve always been influenced by a lot of different styles of music so for me to move around a lot feels pretty natural!

However in this space you have released tracks on Axwell’s Axtone, Spinnin’ Records, Big Beat Records, Doorn Records and many other labels. Has there been a stand out track for you which you hail as one of you highest achievements?

I think ‘Reason’ which I wrote with the Nervo girls in 2012. I wrote that with them in Sydney in my old apartment right before I moved to the States. I feel like it was a record that happened at a really significant time in my life. And plus I love it, some of my favourite melodies I’ve ever written are in that song.

As already mentioned, your style of music has changed over the last year or so with releases alongside Galantis and Sam Feldt. How different is it for you to change your ways within the studio, moving from one sound to another?

Good music is good music man, I don’t like to get too hung up on style. Self-plagiarism is a real problem in dance music lately. Also, I’m always the one producing, I like having control of what direction to take a record.

More recently you have collaborated with the high flying Digital Farm Animals on your new track ‘Arms Around Me’. Tell us a little about the track and the influences behind it?

That track actually happened around the same time as ‘Love On Me’. I was feeling that feel good, too the point style vocal….and yeah that came to me from DFA and I took that and turned it into the track that’s out now. I love it! It works really well in the club

And in terms of the production of the track, what sort of studio set-up do you use and is there any key pieces of equipment you use?

I have a studio at home….it’s really simple…just a laptop, Apollo Twin, Avalon preamp (WHICH I LOVE), Gibson and Martin guitars and Genelec 8050s. Oh and some analog synths I never use.

I also wanted to ask, as you have been known to remix some high profile artists such as Lana Del Rey and many others. How different is it to remix a track compared to producing an original? Do you have a preference?

If I’m short on time a remix is always quicker to finish. Especially if it’s a great track to start with. But crafting something from nothing is more rewarding but takes longer and I feel you have to be in a more inspired mood to make something great.

In terms of the future and your music, can we expect similar tracks to arrive from Hook N Sling over the next few months?

I have about 8 finished songs right now which I’m working out with my label and management as to what order they will come out in…..lots of music happening.

Rounding off the interview, what can we expect from Hook N Sling up to the end of the year. Is there any stand out moments we can look forward to?

Apart from all the new records which I am excited about, I have an Asia and Australia tour happening later this year which I am busy planning.

And finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an artist looking to build a reputation on the scene?

I normally have a lot of advice for and up and coming artists but if I had to choose one it would be make the music that YOU love, not your girlfriend / boyfriend, group of friends,  etc….it’s the only way to have real lasting success….people can tell when you’re not genuine.

For more information on Hook N Sling:
https://www.facebook.com/hooknsling/
https://twitter.com/hooknsling
https://soundcloud.com/hooknsling

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Hook N Sling.

Hook N Sling has been an influential artist over the last few years. With tracks arriving on some of the biggest labels on the dance music circuit, he has delivered anthem after anthem, but also changed his sound to the musical direction he wants to head. More recently, he has released his newest collaboration with Digital Farm Animals titled ‘Arms Around Me’. So we caught up with Hook N Sling to talk about his musical directions, new music and a lot more.

Kicking things off, I wanted to jump in and talk about the change in your style of music. Over the years you have moved from Progressive House to Electro and then into the more main stream Future House vibes. Is this something you always wanted to do when producing?

To be honest, I’ve always been influenced by a lot of different styles of music so for me to move around a lot feels pretty natural!

However in this space you have released tracks on Axwell’s Axtone, Spinnin’ Records, Big Beat Records, Doorn Records and many other labels. Has there been a stand out track for you which you hail as one of you highest achievements?

I think ‘Reason’ which I wrote with the Nervo girls in 2012. That was wrote with them in Sydney in my old apartment right before I moved to the States. I feel like it was a record that happened at a really significant time in my life. And plus I love it, some of my favourite melodies I’ve ever written are in that song.

Hook N Sling.

As already mentioned, your style of music has changed over the last year or so with releases alongside Galantis and Sam Feldt. How different is it for you to change your ways within the studio, moving from one sound to another?

Good music is good music man, I don’t like to get too hung up on style. Self-plagiarism is a real problem in dance music lately. Also, I’m always the one producing, I like having control of what direction to take a record.

More recently you have collaborated with the high flying Digital Farm Animals on your new track ‘Arms Around Me’. Tell us a little about the track and the influences behind it?

That track actually happened around the same time as ‘Love On Me’. I was feeling that feel good, too the point style vocal….and yeah that came to me from DFA and I took that and turned it into the track that’s out now. I love it! It works really well in the club

And in terms of the production of the track, what sort of studio set-up do you use and is there any key pieces of equipment you use?

I have a studio at home….it’s really simple…just a laptop, Apollo Twin, Avalon preamp (WHICH I LOVE), Gibson and Martin guitars and Genelec 8050s. Oh and some analog synths I never use.

Hook N Sling.

I also wanted to ask, as you have been known to remix some high profile artists such as Lana Del Rey and many others. How different is it to remix a track compared to producing an original? Do you have a preference?

If I’m short on time a remix is always quicker to finish. Especially if it’s a great track to start with. But crafting something from nothing is more rewarding but takes longer and I feel you have to be in a more inspired mood to make something great.

In terms of the future and your music, can we expect similar tracks to arrive from Hook N Sling over the next few months?

I have about 8 finished songs right now which I’m working out with my label and management as to what order they will come out in…..lots of music happening.

Rounding off the interview, what can we expect from Hook N Sling up to the end of the year. Is there any stand out moments we can look forward to?

Apart from all the new records which I am excited about, I have an Asia and Australia tour happening later this year which I am busy planning.

And finally, what would be your one piece of advice for an artist looking to build a reputation on the scene?

I normally have a lot of advice for and up and coming artists but if I had to choose one it would be make the music that YOU love, not your girlfriend / boyfriend, group of friends,  etc….it’s the only way to have real lasting success….people can tell when you’re not genuine.

For more information on Hook N Sling:
https://www.facebook.com/hooknsling/
https://twitter.com/hooknsling
https://soundcloud.com/hooknsling

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