by: Cameron DeFaria
Nov 9, 2023
One among dance music’s most soulful and natural contributors, Hayden James returns to the taking part in discipline by way of Future Basic with “Beggin’ You,” that includes SAYGRACE, and “By no means Thoughts,” co-starring Jillian Loux. Till now, James’ 2023 music catalog has consisted of solely three releases, a warmly obtained ODESZA remix, a Bob Moses-assisted “Do You Need Me,” and “We May Be Love,” that includes AR/CO. Thoughts you, the Australian DJ dispatched his nine-track sophomore album, LIFTED, in 2022. Whereas James’ launch schedule has been considerably mild this 12 months, his music high quality stays glued to an upward trajectory. This holds true with the producer’s newest melodic twofer, now streaming all over the place.
Learn Hayden James’ unique Q&A with Dancing Astronaut and stream his model new collaborative pairing, “Beggin’ You” and “By no means Thoughts,” under.
How would you describe Hayden James’ sound at this time in comparison with 2015?
Hayden: “It’s fairly comparable when it comes to how I produce. Every thing stems from simplicity, for me. I strive to not throw in heaps of various sounds, whereas I’m like… What’s the precise ingredient? What’s the factor that’s cool right here, that folks will take pleasure in? One thing that they’ll click on to. The variations [between now and then] can be that I’ve gotten higher at producing music; I’ve been utilizing some new synths and stuff, however I feel the core of it stays the identical.”
Earlier this 12 months, you adopted up your ODESZA remix with two collaborative singles.. How did the “Do You Need Me” and “We May Be Love” periods examine?
Hayden: “Oh, good query. They have been really each fairly comparable, each in the identical place. Me and Tom, the singer from Bob Moses, have been within the Future Basic studio in LA, and we principally simply had one session collectively. Then, we kicked it over to Jimmy, the opposite half of Bob Moses who lives in New York. He had a go on it and [‘Do You Want Me’] was wrapped up in a few weeks. And it was the identical type of factor for ‘We May Be Love’ with AR/CO. I had the blokes in the identical [LA] studio. And, once more, we wrote that within the day that we have been there collectively. It did take me some time to determine the construction and manufacturing of the music. However yeah, they have been each actually fast, nice periods.”
Are you able to contact on the sonic and/or emotional inspiration behind the brand new single, “Beggin’ You”?
Hayden: “Yeah, my supervisor despatched me this a cappella of SAYGRACE and I believed it was like an outdated home document, like a pattern. I fell in love with it straightaway. I believed, ‘this vocal is so nice. I don’t need to add an excessive amount of to it.’ In order that’s what you hear within the document, it’s simply piano, bass, a pair little manufacturing methods I’m utilizing, nevertheless it’s all fairly easy.
What components got here first when producing “By no means Thoughts,” that includes Jillian Loux?
Hayden: “I had been making an attempt to determine a drop for that one. ‘Trigger I had thought, once more, how this vocal was so easy, horny, and like very intimate. So how can I really construct it into one thing else? And I do that quite a bit… You possibly can really use your laptop computer keyboard as a piano. So I messed round with that, and that’s how the elastic, bouncy soundscapes emerged. And I had simply been on my laptop computer within the kitchen. So it was fairly a unique course of, not being within the studio and simply mucking round in a unique house.”
Is it secure to say you’re plotting the discharge of your third studio album in 2024?
Hayden: “Very secure.”
The place are you most trying ahead to touring subsequent 12 months?
Hayden: “You understand, I really like taking part in at dwelling. I really like taking part in in Australia. However I’ve been spending quite a lot of time within the states. I’ve bought a few of my largest reveals already locked in subsequent 12 months for this album tour. So I’m additionally pumped to play within the states!”
Who’s an underground digital act you’ve been into currently?
Hayden: “I really like Sammy Virji! He’s not that underground, really. I [also] love salute. It’s nice to see UK expertise on the rise.”
Featured picture: Grant Spanier