Exclusive Interview With Hedegaard

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Original english version:

Beat-Town: We are very happy to have you featured on our site. Did you enjoy your holidays? Where are you currently at?

Ηedegaard: Pleasure to be a part of your site! Funny thing about being a DJ/producer is that the holidays don’t work as usual. Christmas has been a working period for me and it still is. But on feb. 17 I got a long vacation to the US planned. Meanwhile I’m going back and forth from Copenhagen to different places in Norway where I’m playing up until the vacation.

BT: What are your plans for 2015? Any upcoming records or collaborations you can talk about at this moment?

Η:I’m currently working on both my own EP and an EP for Brandon Beal who I’ve been creating music with for several years now. We finally managed to get a break through in his name with “Twerk It Like Miley” in Denmark/Germany/Norway so now we’re trying to follow up on that. And concerning my own EP I’m working with songwriters from all over Europe.

ΒΤ: Are you planning in releasing a full length LP?

Η: At some point yes. But my EP is first priority.

ΒΤ: Do you have any particular tour dates in the next months?

Η: Yes I got some winter holiday locations in Norway, Sweden and France. And some club shows in Denmark.

ΒΤ: Some months ago, you won the award for “Producer Of The Year” in the Danish Music Awards. How did you feel about it? Are awards important for you?

Η: I don’t really go crazy about award shows. In fact I’d rather not come to them. But in this case it was a really nice feeling. Cause “producer of the year” is a fantastic prize to win, when you think of the critics who talk about dj’s not producing their own music. I know that some got “ghost producers” which in my world is completely OK, but I just prefer to do everything myself.

ΒΤ: Talking about remixes, you had always a unique way on working on those type of projects. I personally loved your work on “Happy Home” and the Greek audience embraced immediately releases like “The Next Episode (Remix)” and “Make You Proud”. How would you describe your sound, especially when talking about remixes?

H: It makes me very happy that you still remember the next episode remix cause it is very different to happy home and make you proud. I think I just needed to try something new. Now for years “my sound” has been dark, downtempo electro remixes of mainly hiphop tracks with hard drops. But my own singles now are more vocal driven and lighter. For me music is always playing around with feelings, and the club/adrenalin feeling was not enough any more so I tried to play with different types of chord progressions and so on. But I won’t stop completely with the electro remixes of hiphop. Recently I’ve been remixes more Danish songs, but will soon come back to english songs.

BT: It is impressive how you manage to balance between radio-friendly records and more club-oriented songs. Is this intended or is this something that just happened over the last years?

Η: I don’t think so much about radios and clubs or who’s going to hear the music while I make it. So it’s just luck I guess

ΒΤ: Do you need more time to create a fitting remix compared to an original single (or vice versa)?

Η: It’s always very unpredictable. Happy home took 6 months to create and “twerk it like miley” took two days. The next episode remix was done in half a day and some other remixes took weeks. It’s always different. There is no rule. I just try to unplug the brain, be creative and judge afterwards. Though that’s hard some times.

ΒΤ: Is there one song or one remix that challenged you more than anything else?

Η: Yes happy home was the hardest.

ΒΤ: Are there any mistakes young producers or Djs should try to avoid? Are there any tips you could give them?

Η: Yes, and I see the same over and over again. When you are young and try to find your way to the top, you tend to look at the charts or listen to the radio to get inspiration (I did this a lot too). But I just found out that you have to bee really, really lucky if that’s going to work out for you. Listenes don’t want a good copy of someone they already know, they want something new, and they want you to have your own sound. So my advice is: Listen to the radio and tracks on the chart, but use it only as technically inspiration. It’s good to learn the tricks, but when it comes to original ideas just try something completely new that you like. If it’s good enough people will eventually like it too.

ΒΤ: I want to thank you again for giving us the chance to chat with you. Do you have any final words for your fans in Greece? Is there any chance we might seeing you in our country?

Η: Ήταν ευχαρίστηση μου να συνομιλήσουμε. Δεν ήξερα καν ότι έχω ακροατές στην Ελλάδα οπότε αυτό με κάνει ιδιαίτερα χαρούμενο. Δεν έχω ξαναέρθει στην Ελλάδα από τότε που ήρθα στην Ρόδο όταν ήμουν μικρό παιδί, αλλά αν με προσκαλέσουν θα έρθω ευχαρίστως. Σας εύχομαι τα καλύτερα.

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