Husky is one of the legendary producers of the Melbourne House Scene with countless releases on labels such as Salted Music, Blockhead, Guesthouse, Shifted Music, Ultra, Interscope, Eight fifteen, Candy Music, Barcoda Recordings, Hermosa Recordings, Adaptation, Reelgroove Recordings, Blockhead, Shifted Music, Eight fifteen, Bargrooves and more. Having the pleasure of being able to interview you in these very homey moments, we asked him interesting questions that Husky go over from its beginnings to 2020.
When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?
I would have been about 14 at school I think, I was going to a few parties and ended up seeing some older kids playing around with a few discman’s and just playing dance songs.. Watching them just make selections and slam in and out of tracks while everyone was dancing and cheering got me hooked! Obviously this introduction was pretty pedestrian, but I started to listen to the radio on Saturday nights and they always used to have a DJ mixing the latest club records. It was enough to get me motivated to become a DJ.
What have you been doing with your time in lockdown?
Well the first half was hard, I struggled creatively as I was so worried about money and providing for my family. But luckily I had this album project I was working on and needed to finish, So I had work half started that needed attention. Without gigs and running around all weekend I had the time I was always complaining I didn’t have. So I set to work on that.
One I had that drive restored and we started to get a few little gigs back I think ive just snapped back into reality and it’s business as usual now. More time for music and projects + working on growing my artist and label profiles.
Lockdown has also given me a bit more time to slow down and enjoy time with my family a little. Getting up at 6am most mornings with my Son and all having breakfast has been a nice change from the last 15 years of my life.
How do you assess the trajectory you have had during the course of your career?
I think it’s been a very slow burn and largely tied to the output of music. Music has become a marketing tool and if you’re not putting out music regularly it’s hard to stay relevant in people’s mind. Out of Sight and out of mind sadly. From the outside looking in perhaps others might see things differently, but when you have been working on music constantly and DJ’ing for over 15 years, it’s hard to remember the wins you have along the way because you’re still trying to reach goals. Speaking of which, I still have goals I need to meet, but if everything stopped tomorrow I would still be very proud of where I got to and have met some amazing people along the way!
You’re about to release your new album. Was this always conceived as an album project, or did you have a lot of music that you just needed to get out there?
Good question because it could have gone either way. I actually enjoy the process of putting a bit more thought into a project and not always just going from 1 single to the next. As most of them start, it was just a few tracks I was working on. But as they sat there and slowly came together I realised that the body of work was a little more ‘interesting’ and perhaps less ‘clubby’ than my singles, and could turn into music that holds more longevity. To me that’s what makes a great album. I want to pick it up in 10 years and still think, hey that’s a dope track, no matter how much sounds have moved on.
Having said all this, everything and everyone in our industry seems to think that albums are a waste of time now and people’s attention spans are not what they used to be. Perhaps they are right, but I know there are some die hard fans out there that LOVE hearing an artist dig a little deeper. Because I am one of them 😉
What, if anything, is the takeaway message from the album?
I guess from me personally it’s – Don’t be afraid to push your boundaries and explore new sounds. There are a few tracks on this album which really tested me as a producer and I think I have really grown after taking them on.
As far as a listener goes, I hope they take away a positive vibe from this album. There should be something for everyone, and that’s exactly what I love about music. You will never be able to pigeon hole a house music fan. It’s for everyone to soak up.
Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?
I’ve done so many over the years and have plenty I still love.
Here’s 1 I did recently for the Brazilian crew ‘Connect’
What can you tell us about the scene of Sydney, and how do you think it will change post covid?
I love it. I mean, like any loving relationship, it’s hard work sometimes and it takes a lot out of you. But the scene was thriving and facing some rejuvenation after some heavy government restrictions seemed to be coming to an end. Then Covid hit and kinda knocked the wind out of everyone’s sails. It’s really unknown how many will rise from the ashes, and to be honest, I still don’t know when that will be. We might be living like this for YEARS!
I am optimistic though. Pressure makes diamonds and the strong and passionate will survive. The people who push the industry along and out of this will see reward. Australians love a party, and we’ve been held back for a long time. So I know that when things open up, the economy really needs to get back to 100%.. so I hope we will see a lot of support from the community and the government for events and local clubs and bars.
I think perhaps more of an appreciation for local talent would be a good thing too. People tend to save up and only go out when there’s a bigger name headlining and less on a weekly basis. With borders closed for touring DJ’s for the foreseeable future I think it’s going to be great for locals to be given more opportunities. Perhaps we will see a decline in crazy international DJ fee’s too. I hope!
Finally, what else should we be looking out for this year from Husky?
Another baby! It’s actually 4 days overdue as I am writing this and I should really get some sleep. So it’s a new baby any day, an album on October 2nd, And album singles which are being rolled out in September, November, January and February. Plus a few remixes and more singles on other labels… oh and Plus a few releases under my alias Random Soul – Now you see why I called my album, “Go Don’t Stop” 😉