Hedflux

Fife, Scotland

Diving Deep

DowntempoElectronic

Behind the Music

Before I joined this project, I’d always been fascinated with the depths of the sea but never really thought much about what happens on the surface. While there still is an element of mystery to it, working on this project has given me a more whole picture of what’s going on and has provided me with endless inspiration. I truly immersed myself in the different world of the ocean that Ian explores in his book. I would play samples and watch the videos of the ocean on YouTube while simultaneously making patches and loops, developing these aquatic-sounding layers until the studio felt like the interior of a submarine. I eventually created a template, or sonic environment, for each tune before I structured it into a firm composition and narrative. 

I’ve always aimed to universalise my music, using simple waveforms and mathematics to create it so it speaks a language of numbers and frequencies inherently understood by all. I love it when music inspires people to express themselves honestly and become independent creative individuals. I feel like electronic music truly seems to dissolve all borders and boundaries, bringing people together from a variety of music scenes before taking on a life of its own. 

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About Hedflux

Once described as "harnessing the rational to illuminate the transcendental," the Hedflux project was born in 2004 with the intention of creating high-energy electronic dance music based on breakbeat grooves with a psychedelic aesthetic. The first Hedflux record, “Music is My Weapon,” was released in 2007 to critical success. Later tracks like “Mindcell” and “Revolve” would come to redefine the niche genre of Psybreaks and inspire a worldwide explosion of interest in the style. By 2012, Hedflux was a regular feature on the international club and festival circuit, establishing a solid reputation for independent original music and transformative DJ sets. In 2013, the “Wanderlust” EP marked a diversification of sound and style, breaking the mould by taking the classic Psybreaks formula into new timings, tempos and grooves. “Wanderlust” proved to be quite influential on the music scene.

 

In 2015, Hedflux moved West and spent three years living and touring in the Americas, where the albums, “Soul Science” and “Kin” were completed. At this time, Hedflux’s philosophy of Audio Alchemy was also born. In 2018, at the age of 40, Hedflux felt his wanderlust had been well-satisfied and he returned to his ancestral home in Scotland. There, he settled down with his family and built a custom studio as a permanent base of operations.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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