Hey guys, it has been quite some time since I last posted, but this time I’ve got one and only Lukas from a Polish project Hatework Machine, who I definetely think needs a lot more attention with his potential hard dnb and neuro or even hardcore and crossbreed related material. Dude is a beast, top clas in hard DNB among Poles no doubt about it.Dig in lads and gals as this one is a very interersting read, but before check him out if you havent yet !
1. What’s your name and how are you feeling today?
Thanks, I’m fine, how about you? My name is Lukas, mostly known as N-fett from Hatework Machine, which has been created by me and Witek in 2012. In the early days we focused on the heaviest form of dubstep but at some point we just switched to 175 and we’ve been floating around this tempo ever since. From time to time we do up-tempo hardcore, but these are just experiments. In 2017, we went from a duo to a trio by inviting Hard Tek Specialist Dziobak to our project. That was so cool. We had studio meeting, drank a lot of alcohol and created a lot of sick music. A lot of tracks from the alco-music session have been released, but changes have come. Przemek switched his power to his solo project and Witek focused on work. Now I’m going to continue the project, but maybe someday HWM will be a duo or even a trio again .
2. What got you into music?
When I was 12-13, I don’t remember well, I bought a magazine called Techno Party. That was one of the legendary titles you could buy in Poland in the late 90’s besides Machina and Plastic. There were always CD’s attached to this magazine with audio, and some data like software demos and I think it was the thing. Early versions of FL studio (Fruit Loops Studio), Cubase and my favorite DAW; Reason. The funny thing is, Witek shares the same influences and the same starting point.
The person who inspired me (Lukas) to start making Music was pioneer of the Polish darkstep/breakcore scene called Zombie. But the person who inspired me to work harder and experiment with synthesis was Current Value. For Witek, who is a fan of more technical sound like techstep, it was a duo from Underfire Recordings called Stakka and Skynet and king of amen break – Technical Itch.
4. How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I float between genres and collect the things I like and make a whole track from it. That’s why you can find HWM tracks with influences from Hardcore, Neurofunk and breakcore. I like overdrived and saturated sounds alot, which usually start from synthesis made in my favorite VST’s or Ableton’s Operator.
5. What is your creative process like?
I usually start with the drums, but from time to time I start from a vocal sample or melody or whatever I accidentally find on the web. Of course as all producers, I have a huge library of useless samples but the starting point is alway hit of the moment. The all other things like bass, melody, sfx. Mixing and mastering.
6. What is your DAW weapon of choice and what VST do you mostly work with and why?
I started with Reason and Witek started from Fl Studio, but when we launched the HWM project, we had to find something completely new to establish new fluent language for us. The choice was obviously Ableton. Beside Ableton we checked thousands of vst’s, but the best and current VST setup is Xfer Serum, Addictive Drums, CA-2A compressor and native Ableton plugins.
7. What gear are you working with?
A laptop with i7 6th Generation CPU, Beyerdynamic Dt 990 PRO 250 OHM and Focusrite 2i2 1st generation. That’s all.
8. What is the source of your inspiration and what do you do when you run out of it?
I’m always full of it. Inspiration is everywhere. It comes from listening to random music, but usually I’m ending with Current Value tunes or listening to soundtracks from Metroid Prime or MGS games and try to recreate sounds from OST’s from these games.
9. Who would you like to collaborate with the most?
DJ Hidden, Sinister Souls and of course Current Value.
10. If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be? Who is your favorite artist right now and why?
If I’d like to make a good party then I’d go for: Dj Hidden, Tech Itch, Current Value, Brainpain and Zombie, this is my dream… Alot of good dnb music, especially darkstep or skullstep…hahahah. I would be staying on the dancefloor at all times, heard good vibes from all of them… especially Zombie (This was my first experience with darkstep dnb in 2004 from him)
11. What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Haha, good question, maybe Taxi driver or pizza delivery? I like to drive cars 😀
12. Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
Czech, CROSS CLUB. No words to describe it. You can type RAVING PANDA CZECH CROSSCLUB on Youtube and you’ll see what happened. Such great people, great organization (THX Chris Helmling) I felt so special man, super adventure. But in Poland I was very surprised in Zielona Góra where I played a DNB and Hardcore mix.
13. Best and worst memory from a party.
Hehe, the best gigs I played were in Czechia and Poland. And no, I don’t have a worst memory. Maybe my first gig ever? Haha. Maybe I’ll keep this information for myself.
14. What is one message you would give to your fans?
Always try to find what you like in music, do not focus on mainstream. Dig for new tracks and look for new producers.
15. What is the most useless talent you have?
I’m the batman of wasting time, watching tv or youtube.
16. How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
It depend, years ago you had tapes, cd or vinyl. When your favorite artist released a single, it felt like Christmas and it could even be June. Now, music is nearly at your fingertips and you almost have everything in your pocket. In a way, it’s good, but the problem is people don’t dig and they’re focusing on mainstream music. Not only in drum and bass. The problem is in promotion; even if you are good, without enough good support no one can hear you because you didn’t pay for ads.
17. What is your favorite song to perform?
Current Value – Dark Rain. That amen, bass and everything… Pure awesomeness.
18. Which famous musicians do you admire?
Current Value, Zombie, Dj Hidden, Switch Technique,
19. What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
As many of us, problems with hardware or software on stage during the show.
20. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
“Always try to finish your tracks, then do the mastering stuff” and “if you don’t see your progress, just open your old projects”.
21. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
Labels should be more open for new producers even if they are unknown. Not like “your music is awesome, but we will not release you because you are unknown.” It’s a vicious circle. This way, labels in a few years will be not necessary for producers. On track stay only streaming services, which are becoming better for promotion or self-releasing. I think labels can disappear in 2 or 3 years.
22. What ;s next for you? Do you have any releases prepared for US in the future ?
I prepared a few new tracks in upcoming releases, and a new EP with dnb and HC music. Stay tuned!
23. What do you do in your free time when not making music and do you have any hobbies?
I watch new videos on Youtube, play games, or meeting up with friends (mostly).
24. And for the end, what newcomers / fresh upcoming producers should we look up to on the
Merkee and Vralk (working together as MOLD WASP), Screamarts, ANKOU, Chaotyc Mind (HARDCORE), Finalfix, Jacob Inhumane
That’s all folks! I Hope you liked the read, and if you did!, be sure to follow dude up his social media listed below [if you haven’t already]
Kudos to Shant Finalfix for helping me editing this article!
Cheers lads, until another interview !