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Friday, June 3, 2016

How Haywyre Punked Our Journalist at Lightning in a Bottle and Other Interesting Facts About the Electronic DJ

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 12:06 PM

click to enlarge MICHAEL PERROW
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Haywyre has a sense of humor.

When our intrepid journalist Eric went backstage last Saturday at Lightning in a Bottle to interview the DJ, he didn't know what Haywyre looked like. And he got punked.

Instead of interviewing Haywyre, Eric unknowingly interviewed one of his friends, while the real DJ sat nearby watching the whole thing. Eric did an entire interview with the impostor before Haywyre's manager broke the news to him. 
click to enlarge Eric and Martin Vogt, the real Haywyre, after realizing he got punked - JAMES KHATIBLOU
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  • Eric and Martin Vogt, the real Haywyre, after realizing he got punked

"Are you ready for a second interview?" his manager asked Eric, no doubt confusing the hell out of our poor journalist. "This time with the real Haywyre."

Realizing he'd been fooled, Eric, along with everyone else backstage who was in on the prank, had a good ol' laugh. Once the chuckles died down, Eric repeated the interview — this time with Martin Vogt, the real Haywyre — a few hours before the electronic DJ's set at the Thunder Stage. 
The takeaway from this story: Always know what the person you are about to interview looks like. Otherwise you, too, might get punked.

SF Weekly: When was the first time you felt producing music was your career?

Haywyre: It’s hard to say because there are a lot of moments like that I think. It’s easy to forget in a weird way. It’s almost better to forget sometimes. It helps to not necessarily think of yourself sometimes creatively as full-time because of pressure and expectations that are associated with being an artist.
SFW: Do you have strict deadlines with your albums?

H: Not necessarily, no. But regardless, as a full-time musician, this is like how I make my living, and I can’t just take two to three years off. Then again, as a musician, that shouldn’t be what I want do in the first place. I should want to make music. But still, sometimes, there are creative droughts.

SFW: So you opened up for Seven Lions at a sold out show at the Mezzanine in San Francisco recently. How was that?

H: It was fun! It was the first show on tour that we got to test out our new camera setup. Every place has a different kind of setup. At festivals it’s difficult to set it up properly because they don’t always have LED screens that we can use. But, at indoor venues, it’s a lot easier to bring our own projectors and screens and be able to control it ourselves.

SFW: Can you describe your creative process on your new album?

H: I definitely focused on the instrumental components. My piano and keyboard are the main tools that I use, so when I draft a song, usually what happens compositionally is that the starting point varies sometimes. But usually it’s just me on my keyboard drafting different melodies and production stuff.

SFW: When did you start playing piano?

H: When I was six-years-old, my parents enrolled me in lessons.  I stopped when I went full-time two years ago, but in the last three months, I started up again.
SFW: What was your most memorable live performance?

H: It really depends because sometimes there were different nights that were insane for different reasons. The biggest show I ever played was a sold out show capped at 12,500 people in Tokyo, Japan on January 10, 2016 with Zedd. That was the greatest amount of pressure I felt, so I walked away from that feeling like that was insane! In terms of crowd response, if the crowd is just vibing, it doesn’t need to be in a sold out room or like over packed. But if there is an intelligent crowd that understands music and getting down to it, that's a cool experience. In Australia, some of our shows were sold out, some of them weren’t, and the ones that weren’t as packed were awesome because people were fucking dancing up a storm.

SFW: Which 2017 music festival would you be most thrilled to play at in the States or in California?

H: As of right now, my favorite music festivals have been Lightning in a Bottle and Electric Forest, and I’d love to be at either or both again.
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