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Big Up Podcast 81 ~ Hatti Vatti

Big Up Podcast 81 ~ Hatti Vatti

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Hatti Vatti. The name you might not have heard until his recent album 'Worship Nothing', which we've been playing on repeat for the past couple of weeks. For the fans of deep electronic music (we're talking Synkro's emotional vibe, Bluetech's intricate production, or Indigo's 'genreless' subs), Hatti Vatti makes music that’s actually wrong to compare to any of these inspirations, as it sounds both wicked and beautiful, sincerely emotional, effortlessly personal, and unique to Hatti Vatti.

Polish producer put together a beautiful musical journey for Big Up readers, and shed some light on his new album, studio vibe, and the current state of the “music scene” in his country.


[toggle title=”Track List”]Hatti Vatti – Worship Nothing (New Moon Recordings)
Troy Gunner – Capacity (Demand Records)
Es.tereo – Blurmotion [Indigo remix] (forthcoming Urban Poetry
Records)
Hatti Vatti – Algebra 6 (Nowe Nagrania)
Hatti Vatti – 1ne (New Moon Recordings)
Indigo – Genetic Memories (dub)
Stickman – These Eyes (dub)
Jafu – What’s Your Theory (Deep Heads)
Jalex – Next Step (Eternia Music)
Hatti Vatti – Synthesis (New Moon Recordings)
??? – ??? (dub)
Heden – Her Loss (dub)
Kontext – Worldbridger (forthcoming Absys Records)
Theme – ??? (forthcoming Samurai Horo)
Reza & Gremlinz – Akiko (forthcoming Cylon)
Perverse – Terrain (dub)
Synkro – Synthetic (dub)
SGNL & R4NS0M – Rubber (forthcoming Absys Records)
Khords & R381 – Helix Part 2 (forthcoming CX:Digital)
Hatti Vatti – Algebra 7 (Nowe Nagrania)
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Interview by Luke McCann

Worship Nothing is a strikingly beautiful album and flows smoothly from front to back. Can you tell me a bit about the album’s title, direction, and where it was recorded?

[quote_left]It’s a kind of my private diary. A lot of moments, places and people. A lot of emotions and a lot of work.[/quote_left]Thank You. The album was finished almost a year ago. Of course there are some tunes made even three years ago, but the whole concept of this album, final mixdown, and a few tracks were made in 2013. It was recorded in many places: different cities and different countries. It’s a kind of my private diary. A lot of moments, places and people. A lot of emotions and a lot of work. I see this album as one piece, one whole story. I think you can hear it. It wasn’t made for the clubs – that’s why it was released as a single LP and there’s not so many gaps between tracks.
 I would like to keep the album title meaning open to interpretation. There’s no single meaning. One thing for sure is I don’t follow any musical or stylistic rule. I’m not a big fan of 21st century Western culture and commercialism of music. I think the cover art fits perfectly with the album title.

Listening to “Synthesis” one can’t help to wonder what’s behind “number one is people, number two is the music”.

Well… it’s all about my life, to be honest. And of course a bit of my deep respect to Sade, who says these words, he he…

How did you meet Cian Finn? His vocals in “Wonderful World” add such a colorful texture to rich dubby arrangement.

I’ve known Cian for a couple of years now, we have common friends. He’s a super talented vocalist! So far we have recorded three songs: „You”, „Wonderful World” – which we already released – and „Eduction” – a bit old and unreleased 140 bpm dub-beat, which will be released next month on vinyl along the new tracks from Kalbata, RSD and Compa. By the way, I think that will be my last 140 bpm release ever. Cian’s got an amazing album coming up, produced by Prince Fatty, a big name in reggae and dub music. Quality stuff.

Can you pick one word to describe what your studio is like? Any rituals or essentials you need to create something you feel good about?

[quote_left]I can’t make music when I’m drinking alcohol. I don’t smoke weed. But cigarettes and mint tea are essentials![/quote_left]Organized and with a similar vibe to my production. I can’t make music in places where I don’t feel good. My music is pretty much designed in a minimalistic way, that’s how my studio is.

I can’t make music when I’m drinking alcohol. I don’t smoke weed. But cigarettes and mint tea are essentials!


When you’re playing out, what format do you use? What goes into preparing a set?

I have two setups. One is a live set with my computer and external hardware, second is regular deejaying using my Mac laptop. I used to play vinyl in previous years, but now I try to play mostly my new music or unreleased music from other producers – so computer is much better.

I love to perform with vocalists. Big shouts to Lady Katee, Sara Brylewska, Cian Finn and Kayka!


How much time do you prefer in order to leave the booth feeling satisfied?

There’s no rule. It’s always different. It depends on place and time.

It’s vital to meet like-minded people and music can be a sure way to achieve that. How important is it for you to connect with people in the crowd, as well as people listening to your music in their headphones?

I don’t think too much about it. I feel much safer in studio production than in playing gigs at 3AM. It’s a great feeling when you play your own tunes and people react to it. I deeply respect people who are buying my records. People, buy vinyl records!

What is one of the most inspiring musical acts you’ve ever witnessed live?

Dead Can Dance, Björk, The Raveonettes, Shackleton, and Bvdub / Brock Van Wey.

I’d like to get your assessment on the current state of electronic music on your side of the planet. Is there a community? What is the future like or do you even pay attention?

[quote_left]I prefer concerts at 8PM in theaters rather than big room DJ nights with super drunk people. [/quote_left]I was always more an „experimental music” guy, and more dubtechno head, than a part of the „bass scene”. I prefer concerts at 8PM in theaters rather than big room DJ nights with super drunk people. I really like Polish experimental or modern classical music – like pianist and violinist Stefan Wesolowski from Important Records – we are recording a collab album right now. I think local hip-hop is interesting. I’m totally into 170 bpm Berlin-based scene. Big inspiration and great people, and it’s just 5 hours by car from my place. Finally I’m a big fan of Manchester producers: Synkro, Indigo, Bering Strait, Stickman, AnD, Marcus Intalex, Demdike Stare and Andy Stott.

This may seem strange, but I’ve noticed this around the world and I’d like to  know your take on smartphone etiquette and our increasing mediatized culture. Be honest, do you eat with your phone? I’ve seen people miss the real sunset, because they’re too busy taking pictures of themselves in it.


[quote_left]I used to take a lot of pictures, but I realized that I’m just uploading them into the depths of my hard-drive and never go back.[/quote_left]That’s a bit problematic for some people, you’re right. I used to take a lot of pictures, but I realized that I’m just uploading them into the depths of my hard-drive and never go back. But I like Instagram. I enjoy pictures of landscapes. But I don’t use my iPhone so much, maybe just reading Facebook when I travel. I even stopped listening to music in headphones.


So, it’s currently frozen around the top half of the world, and if there’s one place you can go where would it be and why?

Actually I love winter. I would love to visit Japan and Greenland. I’m going to play in Berlin tomorrow – I’m in love with this city. Been there many times and I’m always happy to be back.

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