Recently I got the chance to interview one of the most interesting new IDM producers I have heard in some time: HosmOz from Belgium. He recently released his debut EP as a collaboration between labels Detroit Underground and Bedroom Research. If you are a fan of super technical, complex IDM than this is a guy that you absolutely cannot miss!
more info: facebook
Vulva EP: here
I started playing drums when I was 12 with my brothers. I played rock, punk and hardcore during a long time before a friend made me listen to electronic music. I think the first thing I listened was Somatic Responses. I really loved the dark and powerful feelings that were coming out of their sounds. I started digging the style and quickly fell in love with idm. Then I got myself a cracked fruity loops and started playing around. Since then I never stopped.
What’s the meaning (if any) behind the name of the project: HosmOz?
The word osmose in french means different elements that fit together but it is also a chemical process. I just added the h and changed the s for a z to make it look better. For more information check wikipedia :)
What inspires you to make music? What draws you to the medium of IDM / glitch music?
I am inspired by a lot of music, from the rave scene to the electronica scene. I like idm because there are absolutely no rules except for the fact that it doesn’t respect the rules of any styles. Locking yourself into a style must be pretty boring, it is like being a chef and cooking only with eggs.
But I am obviously also very much inspired by personal events that happen in my life , what I can’t explain with words, I’ll try to explain it with sounds :)
Tell us about your recent release “Vulva EP”, which was released as a collab between Detroit Underground and Bedroom Research. It is some of the most interesting and complex IDM-ish music I have heard in a while.
Thank you very much! I used to make music in a very high tempo, but last year I decided to slow down to 140 bpm and vulva was the first track that came out. I wanted to make something danceable, fat and rich.
You’re from Belgium – how you get hooked up with Detroit Underground (USA) and Bedroom Research (France)?
Long story! It started by a party where I was booked with Subjex, who is running Bedroom Research. He was interested in releasing my stuff so we started to think about which track to put on. Not long after, we organised a party with Maldita, and booked Richard Devine who stayed a few days in brussels. He told me that Kero would probably be interested to release my music. I knew that it would be a great opportunity for me to be on Detund so I told Matt Subjex about it. So they agreed on a co-release which was really the best I could get for my EP. I am very thankful for that.
Your music is incredibly technical so I’m sure people will be interested in your setup. Care to tell us what gear are you using, and perhaps some of your techniques?
I am working only on a digital setup. I have Cubase, komplete, and a shitload of samples. What I mostly do is layering and putting sound through fx. My work is mainly an editing work. I like to transform but I never create anything from nothing.
What does the future hold for HosmOz?
I hope more releases and a lot of creativity! I also have a project with Spasmic Systems, my friend and neighbour, with whom I already worked on the track "zarnica". He likes to make hours of sound experimentation that I edit afterwards.