Chat with 2014 Winner Luke Hassan

LUKE HASSAN

Here To Be Heard DJ judges, Modestep know that the ability to truly command a crowd is a rarely sourced skill set. As entries to the 2015 HTBH competition fly in, all potential winners are honing their mix and gearing up to play the Relentless stage at this year’s Leeds Festival. Taking the top spot last year, Luke Hussan was chosen to entertain the thousands and DJ live on the same stage as legends, Netsky.

We had a quick chat with Luke about his HTBH experience… What was it like to play in front of 10,000 people and be on the same stage as Netsky?

It was a truly phenomenal experience and one of the best two hours of my life! I can only describe it as an outer body experience, I am never one to get that nervous about things but I must admit I had a few jitters after seeing the crowds at the Relentless stage the nights prior to my set. The set itself went off! I played a whole range of different housey numbers and the crowd vibed off each track. It felt like I was really connected to the crowd. Kove followed and then I think Netsky. To be on a lineup like that was a dream come true!

What advice would you give to the entrants this year?

I entered this on a whim really, I thought that I wouldn’t have a chance but I had seen friends enter DJ competitions and win, so I thought why not give it a try. I would say it’s really important to put in as much effort as possible in regards to both the mix and the video. I spent an entire day trying to get my responses right in the video part of the entry and even though it is not a super pro video, you can tell time and effort was put into making sure my responses were as genuine as possible. In regards to the mix, it doesn’t matter what type of music you play or how many styles or even how many tracks you put in. Just make sure the mixing is perfect, the tracks gel well and you take the extra time to apply some mastering to give it that radio commercial edge in terms of sound quality. (If you don’t know how to do it yourself as a friend who does to spare 15 minutes or better yet ask a music mastering studio)

What are you up to this summer?

This summer sees me play my first set in IBIZA!!! I am heading out there as a resident of Birmingham based brands 2:31 and Mr Jangles as they take over the Ibiza Rocks Hotel from June 8th-13th. Aswell as a few other big events that I am required to stay hush-hush about for now 😉

Watch the Htbh 2015 Winners Video

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It was another strong year for Reading & Leeds Festivals. Metallica, Kendrick Lamar and The Libertines may have grabbed the headlines, but it goes without saying, the beauty of these festivals is spending the time to check out some emerging talents.

This year’s Here To Be Heard winners are such talents, both finely guiding their respective crowds through their sets with energy and panache. But what did they make of their performances? Let’s ask them:

HUNCK

Relentless: So you played Reading – what was it like for you?

Thomas:  We were worried all week about possibly being hit by a bottle of wee, but instead people were very welcoming and it was a really enjoyable set for us. we walked off stage bone dry and it feels just great.

Frederik: It was lovely to be able to play out our set to a brand new audience at Reading. We were lucky because the only act we clashed with was breakfast – excellent scheduling.

Relentless: How were you feeling the night before your Reading performance? How did you prepare?

Kieron: I prepared by having a long swim followed by a sauna and then had another quick dip to cool off.

Thomas: A Hunck is always prepared.

Relentless: What other bands did you get to see over the Reading Festival weekend? 

Kieron: Everything Everything! A band called Radkey in the Festival Republic tent; looking forward to seeing them again on Tuesday at the Old Blue Last in London.

Thomas: Yeah Radkey were brilliant. I wanted to see Baby Metal and Twin Peaks but I couldn’t get to them in time after our set which is a shame…

Relentless: What’s next for Hunck?

Thomas: We’re playing a few shows with our pals Many Things and The Polyphonic Spree this week and then releasing our new single ‘I’ll Wait’ on 25th September!

MOWBZ

Relentless: So talk us through your set, how was it?

Mowbz: Yeah it was good! I think I played about 100 tracks in total during the set which was quite mad. The crowd were great too, lively lot weren’t they?

Relentless: How did you prepare for your performance? Did you have any rituals or anything?

Mowbz: I spent a lot of time on my set before I came, and once I left, that was it. Just had to go out there and do what I planned.

Relentless: Did you get a chance to see any other acts at Leeds?

Mowbz: Didn’t get a chance to seen that many to be honest. I saw DJ EZ last night on the Relentless Stage and that was at capacity! But yeah, he was really good!

Relentless: Now you’ve played Leeds, are there any festivals you would like to play on your bucket list?

Mowbz: Global Gathering is a good one but they stopped this year, so I’m not sure if they’ll be doing it anymore. Creamfields is good but it’s a lot of house music and I like a variety of different genres and stuff.

Relentless: What’s next for you?

Mowbz: I want to work on my production and try and get some of the stuff I’ve created out there and get people to listen to stuff I’ve actually made as well as DJing

Mowbz Wins Here to Be Heard 2015!

Along with hundreds of other DJ hopefuls, Mowbz submitted a ten-minute mix in the hope of being selected to play a coveted slot on the Relentless stage in front of 15,000 people at this year’s Leeds Festival.

Modestep – this year’s Here To Be Heard judges – saw Mowbz’ potential and shortlisted him along with four other DJs to face a public vote. Well he only went on to win that public vote and now prepares to playing a stage which last year’s winner Luke Hassan called, “the best two hours of my life”.

But how’s Mowbz feeling about the experience ahead of him…

Relentless: You’re the Here To Be Heard 2015 winners – how does it feel?!

Mowbz: Insane! I was overwhelmed by the amount of support I received during the voting stage and all the kind words I’ve received from everybody. I’ve been saying it all week, this is literally the stuff dreams are made of! I finally get the chance to get a crowd of thousands moving! I still can’t wrap my head around the number of people that’s going to be in front of me when I look up!

Relentless: How was your studio experience with Modestep? What did you learn?

Mowbz: Modestep are top guys and easy to speak to… They was very positive about my mix and gave me a big confidence boost! Since I produce music too we mainly discussed the production side of things and I got a couple of tips for when I’m mixing down my music (mainly the dreaded snares)! They also said to make sure to keep an eye on Keys when mixing.

Relentless: How will you be preparing for your performance on the Relentless stage in front of 15,000 people?

Mowbz: I need to go through my song collection and try to remember all of the songs that I always dreamed of playing at a festival! As well as trying to find some brand new music for people to hear for the first time! I’ll definitely be practicing all week non stop too!

Hunck Have Won Here to Be Heard 2015!

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They’ve only gone and done it! Hunck have just been announced as this year’s HTBH band winners after beating off hundreds of other acts and impressing judges, Everything Everything.

While they prepare for what is sure to be the biggest gig of their career so far, Reading Festival, we had a quick catch-up with the boys

Relentless: You’re the Here To Be Heard 2015 winners – how does it feel?!

Thomas: We’re here and we’ve been heard and it feels just great – thank you Everything Everything, Relentless and everyone who voted to put 5 Huncks on the stage at Reading Festival.

Relentless: How was your studio experience with Everything Everything? What did you learn?

Thomas: They’re all very tall. Mostly they just said they liked our stuff, which was very sweet of them.

Relentless: How will you be preparing for your performance at Reading?

Thomas: We’ve been recording and writing and we’re all hitting the gym for 4-6 hours a day. I’m really trying to focus on the often overlooked calf muscles, while Frederik is strictly about the glamour muscles: bis, tris and big shoulders. We’re hoping to play a few extra warm up shows – we’re really keen to air out a few new Hunck songs live.