Haywyre unleashes his creativity in six-part 'Panorama' sequence [Interview + Photos]

Haywyre unleashes his creativity in six-part 'Panorama' sequence [Interview + Photos]

For twenty years, the piano has been Martin Vogt’s forte. He’s been tickling the ivories for almost all of his …

For twenty years, the piano has been Martin Vogt’s forte. He’s been tickling the ivories for almost all of his 26 years and has been releasing underneath the identify Haywyre for a decade this yr, incorporating components of jazz, funk, electronica, dubstep, and extra throughout a large catalog of music.

In current years, the classically educated pianist has been significantly fond of making idea sequence, first exploring complete themes over the course of a physique of labor by way of his Twofold LP sequence on Monstercat in 2014 and 2016. With a slew of releases on the Canadian label spanning 4 years underneath his belt, Vogt has now opted to strike out on his personal in the intervening time.

“[Monstercat] helped me in my profession massive time, however I wished to place myself ready the place I’m considering extra independently, and that meant working extra independently,” Vogt mentioned.

He started engaged on a brand new set of music: an idea sequence referred to as Panorama that he deliberate to self-release, however it was “powerful to get the ball rolling” at first.

“Seeing the distinction between, for instance, Panorama: Discover and Panorama: Form has been substantial by way of reception,” he mentioned, chatting with the primary and second components of the continued idea sequence. “People are extra organically partaking with the content material. I really feel like I’m getting a greater understanding of who listens to my music, and that basically appeals to me.”

Vogt revealed close to the top of final yr that the preliminary Panorama launch, Panorama: Discover, was solely the primary in a set of six EPs that will comprehensively make up the Panorama sequence.

“I’d been writing a bunch of various music for about two years, so between my album Twofold Pt. 2 and the primary chapter of Panorama, I’d been arising with all kinds of various concepts… every little thing from six-second loops to full-fledged items,” Vogt mentioned. “They had been simply so completely different and so far and wide, and I began questioning the best way to piece it collectively. After placing some thought into it, I got here up with this six-EP sequence.”

Vogt began sorting the songs into completely different classes primarily based on how they complement one another, noting the significance of their order and the way they information the listener by way of the Panorama expertise.

“There’s a particular ebb and circulate that’s intentional,” he mentioned. “[Panorama] is meant to be listened to from starting to finish, roughly.”

Vogt kicked off the Panorama sequence with the discharge of Discover’s “Tell Me” in mid-November and was met with wild enthusiasm from followers who’d been ready two years for brand new materials.

The the rest of Discover adopted just a few days later, spanning from the effortlessly groovy “Stepping Stones” introduction during to a full-fledged jazz quantity, “Blind Faith.”

Giving followers just a few months to digest the brand new materials, Vogt returned in early February to disclose the funk-laden “Let Me Hear That,” which he launched with an accompanying one-take music video.

The four-track Form EP noticed its official launch just a few weeks later, at which era he struck out on the Discover/Form Tour. In the weeks since, the tour has taken him throughout the United States, joined by buddies like StayLoose, Balkan Bump, JNTHN STEIN, Jenaux, and K+Lab for choose dates.

“Tour’s been very cool,” Vogt mentioned. “It’s been shocking as a result of I haven’t completed a headlining tour in a very long time. I hadn’t actually had an opportunity to interact with Haywyre followers on this manner for no less than two years, and it’s been a extremely refreshing reminder that there are these real-life those that take pleasure in watching me carry out my music.”

Unlike most of right this moment’s digital and dance music artists, Vogt doesn’t DJ—and doesn’t know the way. His performances are purely reside and dynamic, giving followers the prospect to see how fast he’s on the keys up shut. On his Discover/Form Tour, Vogt delivers his efficiency on the keyboard (tilted towards the viewers to allow them to watch him play), keytar, and vocoder-filtered vocals, making for a charming set from begin to end. His ardour for his music and for performing is unmistakable throughout his reside performances as he switches seemingly effortlessly between devices, displaying simply how far he’s come over the previous decade.

“I’m extra in contact with priorities creatively and what it means to me to be a musician… what it’s past a possible lifelong profession, but additionally what influence I need to have and the way I need to be partaking with the individuals which might be listening to my music,” Vogt mentioned.

When he finishes his present tour, Vogt might be getting again into the studio to work the subsequent two components of Panorama, which he says we will count on later this yr. Before that, although, he’s going to concentrate on some remixes and collaborations that’ve been on the again burner.

“I’ve been engaged on a lot authentic content material that I believe it’d be cool to only swap issues up for just a little bit and work with [artists] I’ve talked with for years,” Vogt mentioned. “It’s going to be thrilling to see a few of these come to life.”

All of that involves fruition the piano for Vogt, which has been the instrument he’s been channeling his creativity into lengthy earlier than “Haywyre” was born.

“The piano is the closest factor I’ve to translating concepts in my head straight into one thing concrete,” he mentioned. “I don’t have that sort of relationship with the rest.”


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