HVMZA is a Belgian music producer and DJ with Turkish and Arabic roots. His music sits somewhere between deep, afro and tech house, incorporating elements from a huge range of genres including hip-hop and traditional African music to create an engrossing and highly unique style.
HVMZA started his musical journey making Hip Hop tracks with his cousins and friends in his bedroom at a very young age, after which he started experimenting with another love: House music. Feeling he could express himself more creatively with this style, he chose to plough his innate talents headline in house, with his debut single Na Bosana landing in 2019.
Since then, HVMZA has produced a dazzling run of singular tracks which, despite being entirely self-released, have clocked up over a million streams across all platforms, from the flute-sampling hook and heady rhythms of La Critica to the chunky beats and hip-house styling of latest single In West.
Hi HVMZA, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hey guys thanks for having me! I have been pretty good actually, I think that I’m really lucky that Corona didn’t really affected me both physically and mentally, hope it will stay this way.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “In West”?
“In West” is a perfect example of my hiphop background. I grew up with hiphop music, it was my first love and I wanna reflect that as much as possible in my house productions. The flute samples – another instrument I’m in love with, because its so organic and raw – are sampled from a Travis Scott track, a hiphop artist that I’m a big fan of.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Actually I wrote this song for a contest that The Martinez Brothers and Splice put together. At that time the original track was a huge hit and you could hear it on every social media platform. The flutes stuck in my head and I thought I need to sample this, also because I knew that The Martinez Brothers are also hiphop fans. I didn’t win the contest but it did get like a crazy amount of attention on Instagram so I ended up releasing it.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
I always release a little promo video with all of my tracks because I believe the visuals are almost as important as the audio. Especially now with all the social media platforms. So thats also what I did with “In West”. You can check the video on my Instagram and Youtube channel.
How was the recording and writing process?
You know I think every producer can relate to this: sometimes you have tracks that you are working on for weeks or months to get it right and sometimes you have tracks that you almost finish the same day. “In West” was one of the latter. I felt like everything went smoothly, every sound sat in place right away and I think I had finished it in a few days. Also because I had discovered the contest very late and I didn’t had much time to play with it hahaha.
What role does Belgium play in your music?
Belgium is a really small country and the music scene here is not so big. But we do have some superstar festivals like Tomorrowland and Extrema Outdoor etc. Seeing these festivals grow like crazy every year, definitely inspired me.
How does your Turkish and Arabic roots also influences your work?
I’m the third generation immigrants in Belgium, so me and my family still have very strong connections to our roots. Growing up I was hearing a lot of Turkish and Arabic music around me, also because of the city I grew up in were full of immigrants, so I was constantly surrounded with different cultures and sounds. At that time I wasn’t really interested in those types of music, because I was a hiphop head and for me only Pac, Biggie and Snoop were cool lol. But now I realise that those cultures and sounds that I heard back then, shaped and made me the artist that I am today and I’m so happy for that, because I think thats the reason why my productions are so different and unique.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes of course, you know I really started releasing music just one and a half years ago so I’m super fresh to this and having dope ideas everyday. I am constantly inspired and constantly working on new music, so definitely, you can expect some new material soon. The plan is to release a track every 5 to 8 weeks, cant wait to share them with the world!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Lloro Yo, 30 April 2021. Thats all I’m gonna say ha.
What else is happening next in HVMZA’s world?
I don’t really like to talk about the future and make big announcements, I like to live now and enjoy the moment and we will see what the future brings, but lots of new music for sure! And I hope this virus thing ends up soon so I can return to the decks and we all can have some fun there too! Much love, peace and harmony!