LABELS: AELLA MUSIC / NOIR / INMOTION / TRAPEZ LTD / SUARA / VIVA MUSIC / LEENA MUSIC / SERKAL MUSIC
Some things are just meant to happen.
To see Hermanez, the Belgium-born DJ and producer with Latin roots and heritage, rise to the top of the new crop, seems like a natural progression for those in the know. Hermanez is perhaps mostly associated with his grooving, and tribal-flecked tech-house productions, which keeps finding favours with the great and good including Luciano, Loco Dice and Reboot to name a few.
However, a closer look at the Belgium-born producer’s back catalogue unveils an all-encompassing production saviness confidently moving through the different realem of techno.
With releases on aforementioned labels, he adds to his discography Trapez LTD, Viva Music, Leena Music, Noir and Suara, with a much-talked about releases on New York based label Serkal Music and Inmotion Music, not to mention releaes on his own Aella Music imprint which he runs together with long-time friend and fellow Belgian Ramon Tapia.
Gigwise, apart from his monthly residency at the concept Unicode in his native Belgium, Hermanez has been zigzagging the planet delivering a perfect fusion of house and techno, incorporating minimal undercurrents and rhythmic building blocks, to clued-up revelers at off-Sonar in Barcelona, Fuse Brussels, Spartacus in Aix en Provence, Footwork in Toronto, Tanzhaus West in Frankfurt, Module in Tokyo, Club Air, ADE Festival in Amsterdam and Tomorrowland (Belgium) at the Cafe d’Anvers stage.
Yet it is clear that Hermanez is on the rise, gaining momentum with every single one of his multi-facetted releases.
Join Hermanez’ great artistic journey into the future – and become a part of it!
Hello Michael! How Are You? What do you have scheduled for today?
Hey Markus all good Today, thanks. I’ll spend most of the day in the studio I guess, scheduled the whole month for studio time to continue working on my album.
You are Label owner ( Aella ) , Producer and almost every weekend touring. How do you handle this massive weekly schedule?
Let’s say, less free time?
Please tell us a bit about your latest releases!
This year so far I had some activity on my own imprint a track “Dogma”, produced with my buddies Bollen & Fichtner on my label on a compilation EP. And a remix with my Ramon Tapia for the release from CrossNineTroll.
Which release was the one who gave you the most attention so far?
“Soms” on Leena music all time.
“Boomstick” on MFF Music this year so far
Tell us a bit about your upcoming releases! Is there anything special planned for 2015?
Some new releases are coming up this year on Trapez LTD, Audiojack’s imprint GRUUV. Pig&Dan’s imprint ELEVATE and of course on MY FAVOURITE FREAKS in the summer.
As you are touring a lot, please tell us something about your experience around the globe. What is your favourite city or country and why?
Every country has something special let’s say, I can talk stories about every city. Hard to say which one is my most favourite town, if it comes to music and atmosphere it’s still Ibiza to me?
What was your funniest or craziest experience while touring?
It was in The Netherlands when I was playing on Kings-day in a small boat as dj boot and 5 other boats where dancefloors all speakers wireless connected in the middle of the Amsterdam ditches and “ij” river.
What were your TOP 5 gigs in 2014?
Café Gold – Zurich
Felsenkeller – Salzburg
Tanzhaus – Frankfurt
Café-d’Anvers – We Are One Release tour – Antwerp
Raw – Istanbul
What are your top 5 tracks that are really working the dance floor in your sets at the moment?
M.in & Yost Koen – Here We Are – Hermanez Remix
Felipe Venegas – Polariz Dorian Paic Remix – Inmotion
Samu.l – Matter Original Mix – SayWhat? Recordings
Yotam Avni – UR Sleeping (Original Mix) – Be As One
MUUI – Buett (Ray Kajioka Remix)
Thank you for your time and this interesting interview!
Interview by M.in
Chus Ceballos – They Say Nothing (Paolo Martini & Paul C Remix) – Stereo Productions
M.in & Yost Koen – Here We Are (Hermanez Boom mix) – My Favourite Freaks Music
Ramon Tapia – CRaYoN – Moan
Nick Daring – Same Shame – Say What? Records
Yotam Avni – UR Sleeping – Be As One
Hermanez & BP – Fast Capture – Elevate
Frankyeffe – Bla Bla – Trapez
Hermanez – Rha – Trapez LTD
Eddy Romero & Frink – Pull Fiction M.in Remix – SBR
Yvel & Tristan – Tricky Traps – Hifly Music
Hermanez – Blue Field – Trapez LTD
Ramon Tapia & Tripmastaz – Wife Beater – ? ? ?
Simone Liberali – Fixed – Bollen & Fichtner Remix – Zoo:Technique
Reset Robot – Bleeding Key – Moan