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INTERVIEW: HYTS

How would you classify your music?

It’s not easy to classify. The HYTS sound falls under the broader electronica umbrella. Throughout the album, there are elements of House, Hip Hop, Trance, Techno, Synth-pop, Pop, Rock, Nuwave, NuDisco and Folk.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

There really are too many to name, but some of the greatest are Early Daft Punk, Tiesto (2000-2008), M83, Odesza, and Pendulum.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

The message of love, and the asking of mankind to never stop wondering. “We Are” “Warriors of Love” “Traveling” through the universe, “Starting Fires” “In the Cities” and hearts of people who are dedicated to “Synthesizing” a greater future for our Mother Earth. And if need be, we shall start anew, travel light years through space and time to find a new beginning … an “Exoplanet”.  We just want to spread love and awareness through our music.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

San Francisco has always been a melting pot of eclectic electronic music. Growing up in the bay area and being from a polish family led me to begin listening to electronic music from the age I could remember. There are so many influences here – you’re able to get a glimpse of some of the most cutting edge, forward thinking electronic music you can get your ears on. I would argue that it’s even more the case here than in LA because although there is some experimentation in LA, for the most part everyone wants to make it BIG there, and they tend to follow what’s already big. Whereas here, you can start with something completely fresh, and however many years later you have a movement that’s taking the world by storm. Tucson is filled with singer and songwriters and multiple genres of bands and groups. I feel like you find almost anything you are looking for, and sometimes you witness some mind-blowing musicians you never knew lived here.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

I (Conrad) had the fortune of seeing Hans Zimmer perform with his choir, orchestra, synthesizers, singers, and accompanying percussionists – it was hands down the most amazing performance I’ve ever seen. I love connecting with the crowd, and putting the crowd into a sort of trance. I remember my first wondrous experience at a big concert, and I’d like to replicate that any chance I can for other people. My goal has always been to change someone’s life through music. I (Jacob) think it’s incredibly hard to pick the best concert for me. I will probably never forget the RATM, Muse, Rise Against, Lauryn Hill show at LA Coliseum. My favorite thing about playing live is when you have an audience feeling what you are putting out there while you are on your game. There is dancing, hollering, and people are just glad you can unite with music.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

I (Conrad) love “We Are”. Its very deep, meditative, and progresses and crescendo’s slowly, allowing for a buildup of momentum and energy into the final climax. It’s the perfect song to start the album with because it sets the tone for the rest of the album. I (Jacob) would have to say my favorite song at this point on the record is “Exoplanet”. It was the last song we recorded for the album and I felt like between the style and arrangement it was the most creative and forward moving direction for where we are probably going to go next. I kind of love space so I’m sure that had something to do with it.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I (Conrad) used to think in terms of genres, but with HYTS, and in working with Jacob – I put aside all concepts of genres and just make what I’m feeling at the moment. I’ve evolved in my technical prowess as well as in working with a singer such as Jacob. I can only continue to evolve and make better music. I (Jacob) feel like my musical personality forces me to evolve every year. My entire approach to a new project or sound always takes me down a different style or genre. I rather enjoy the process and differentiation, and working with Conrad has taken me into an electronic style of music I’m extremely excited about and have never worked on since I usually work in the raw instrument genres. It has been a blessing to work with him, and I’m excited what we’ll do together next.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

I (Conrad) would have scotch with Bach and ask why and how the hell he packed so many notes into so little time. I’d love to go back in time and have wine with Pythagoras as well, he was instrumental in the development of music. I (Jacob) would love to sit down with Beethoven and just talk music and development. Not likely that we’d talk too long and would likely drink more, but I would let him know his approach to arranging and performing was a big inspiration for me.

What’s next for you? 

More music! We are working on an EP, and a few other cover songs. Stay tuned!!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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