And we're back for another year! As we say hello to the silly season and the start of 2017, we also welcome our first featured artist of the year. Hailing from Wollongong we're stoked to of secured HOUNDED as January's Featured Artist Of The Month.
A young up and comer at only the age of 22 is getting some serious traction with his infectious house production, his latest original recently clocked around 2 million plays on Spotify, with tracks on his soundcloud varying from the hundred thousands to the milions. Over all platforms (Spotify/SC/YT) he's looking at close to 10'00'000 plays – We think this is definitely an Australian artist that needs to be getting some more attention here on home soil!
Also well worth noting, his new single 'Feel So Right' was not only shared by everybody's favourite channel MAJESTIC CASUAL, it was so good they also had to have it and signed the release to their record label! We, of course, wanted to ask a few generic, yet essential questions to get to know Hounded a little better, with the TRACK-LISTING being placed down below.
FIRST OF ALL WHAT HAVE YOU WENT FOR & HOW HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO USE YOUR 30 MINS IN THIS MIX? I've included some unreleased tracks from myself as well as a few personal favourites of mine. There's also some of my old tracks in there too. the first half of the mix starts things off slow, then the second half turns it up a notch with some really melodic house
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING WHAT YOU DO ? I've been writing music under Hounded since 2014, but I've been around music my whole life. Both my parents sung and played instruments so I was able to learn a lot from them.
WHAT SWUNG YOU INTO ELECTRONIC MUSIC? Channels like Majestic Casual and The Sound You Need really introduced me to the electronic music world. I remember stumbling across Majestic and just being amazed at what kind of music people were making around the world. So obviously when they heard my track recently and then messaged me saying they wanted to sign it, it was a absolute dream come true for me.
HOW DO YOU BEST DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND? I've tried a lot of genres over the past 2-3 years but only the past few months think I've nailed down a style that I'm most comfortable with. I like to call it 'post tropical' or 'jungle house', because I try and keep things very happy and melodic.
WHATS THE GAME PLAN FOR THE NEW 2017? I've got a lot of things going on behind the scenes, but I'm planning on putting out half a dozen or so singles this year and really trying to grow in AUS. I'm around some really inspiring and talented people at the moment who are helping me get to where I want to be, so I'm very excited for what's to come.
THE WHOLE AUSSIE SCENE IS GROWING BY THE MIN, SO MANY GEMS OUT THERE NOW. SO, WHO WOULD YOU PICK IF YOU COULD COLAB WITH ONE AUSSIE ACT IN 17? I'd really love to collaborate with an artist like Vera Blue. I recently worked with an artist called Savoi and it was super inspiring to see how a singer/song writer approaches writing a song. It was very different to how i do it as someone who primarily writes instrumentals. Vera has a great voice and I'd love to collaborate with her and see her song writing approach.
& WHAT ABOUT ONE HOT TIP, OF NEXT ACT THATS ABOUT TO POP?NEXT BIG THING? Commandeur, he's been making some crazy drum covers online and just got off a run of shows as Tkay Maizda's drummer. But he put out a really solid single with Yeo a few months ago that's made some waves on the J's and Spotify and I'm really looking forward for what's to come as he keeps writing new music!
WHAT ABOUT THE TEAM UP YOU DID WITH BAMIYAH, WHAT WAS THE PROCESS HERE? So Bamiyah and I wrote a track called 'do you like' back in 2015. She first approached me by email wanting to work together. She sent me a few demo tracks of hers and I instantly fell in love with her voice. We wrote that song and it did quite well, so it was a no brainer to write another one some time after. Feel so Right began as a 30 second loop I sent her hoping she could give me a songs worth of vocals so I could be inspired to finish it as I was struggling at the time. After she sent me her part all of it came together quite quickly. We are really happy with the result of it!
SO, LASTLY, HOPE THIS IS NOT TO PERSONAL, BUT IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE, AVO'S OR MANGOES FOR REST OF YOUR LIFE WHERE WOULD YOUR ALLEGIANCE LAY? Ahah…..Mangoes for sure. Because it's socially acceptable to eat a mango by itself but not an avocado
Hounded – ID
Hounded – Mirage
The Chainsmokers – Roses Ft. Rosez
Axwell /\ Ingrosso – Thinking About You (Hounded Remix)
Xavier Dunn – Give In Ft. Airling (Hounded Remix)
Hounded – Jungle Part 2
Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Make You Feel (Kerala Remix)
Hounded – ID
ODESZA – All We Need Ft. Shy Girls (KAASI Remix)
Hounded Ft. Bamiyah – Feel so Right
Shakka – When Will i See You Again (Amtrac Remix)
Nora en Pure – Let the Light In
Fabich and Ferdinand Weber – Aaliyah
Saint Wknd – Lost (Runaway) (Fabich Remix)
Rufus – Sundream (Claptone Remix)