2018 Rewind: Noha

noha

How was 2018 for you?

Noha: 2018 was an amazing year for me. After spending the past three years traveling and working on many different activities, I decided to relocate to Berlin to focus solely on music. I had no big expectations, just a lot of energy to invest. I was very lucky to meet amazing artists that became my closest friends. For the first time I feel that I belong to a community that I love and hope to give something back to it.

Highlights?

There have been so many special moments that is hard to pick just one. Just recently me and my best friends S.A.M, Matthew Dekay and Per Hammar played all together at Hoppettose for our new party called Anonymous Souls. The mind behind this was Amy, a friend we all had in common. She had the amazing idea to pull us together and celebrate our common friendship. It has been for sure one of the best party ever for me.

Lowlights?

Honestly speaking, this year was also very, very tough. Relocating and constantly working on new music took a toll on me more than once. But I can’t really recall any particular bad episode.

Song of the year?

This question is impossible to answer for me. What I heard the most, by the way, is for sure this track:

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

To take more care of my body and trying to spend more time with my family!

@Noha

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2018 Rewind: Hybrasil

Hybrasil

How was 2018 for you?

Hybrasil: 2018 has been a year of change; it’s been transformative and positive. I moved away from using a laptop and created a new live set driven by the Elektron Octatrack. I started working with the MN2S DJ agency in London and built my own website. I moved from Dublin to Berlin, something I had planned to do for many years. I’ve had some nice releases and some nice shows. Overall, it’s been a great year. I’m really psyched for 2019.

Highlights?

There’s been lots of really amazing moments. Closing Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival to 13,000 people was amazing. I made my Amnesia Ibiza debut, firstly on the Terrace with Carl Cox and Adam Beyer with One Night Stand in July, then again in the main room in September with Pyramid & Game Over alongside Sam Paganini and Len Faki. I closed the Michel De Hey X
Game Over stage at Thuishaven ADE this year, that was an incredible show with great line up including Steve Rachmad, Kevin Saunderson and Luigi Madonna.

Release wise I’ve published more content than ever. I did my first full EP for Gregor Tresher’s Break New Soil, Off Recordings, Sian and Aardy’s Hydrozoa imprint in addition to three releases on my Hybrasil label. I launched a membership program on the Hybrasil Bandcamp, and I’ve put out more vinyl than ever before. There’s a lot to be positive about.

Lowlights?

That last Conor McGregor fight. Shocking.

Song of the year?

Robert Hood – Low Life – M-Plant. I picked this up in Hardwax Berlin a couple of weeks back.
Another incredible record by Robert; it’s timeless.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

2018 was about getting back into fitness, which I did. 2019 is about building on that. Also I want to get more disciplined at meditation and become more present.

@Hybrasil

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2018 Rewind: Varien

Varien

How was 2018 for you?

Varien: 2018 was a year to test just how much I want this “music” thing. It’s not easy, especially in today’s age, to get back on the horse after deleting all of your social media and to start over by self-releasing. But I did it. And I wrote some number-one hits along the way! Not just that, I have set myself up for a really incredible 2019. This year was hard, do not get me wrong, but it was a necessary trial to get me back on track.

Highlights?

I’d definitely say landing the VIXX track “Scentist” which went to number one in Korea in April, and then number three in October in Japan. This marked my first official placement in the K-Pop realm of which there is so much more to come. I was credited as producer, songwriter, and arranger.

I’d also say MAGfest in January, when I got on stage and felt that feeling of performing again for the first time in so long. It was the night I declared “Varien is coming back” – because there is no escaping that feeling that makes you feel so alive.

Lowlights?

The doubting, the mental anguish, the missed bills, you know — typical music stuff. There was a lot of balancing bills with investing into things like art. Lots of favors called in. I wasn’t seeing results as fast as I thought I’d see them but I learned to relax a bit and just keep trying my hardest. I feel like I am crushing it now, and the work has only just begun.

I’d also say finally breaking it off with my ex-fiancé. I loved her, but it was not meant to be in the end. I miss her, and yet that is so natural for being one-third of my life. Moving on though, it acts as an impetus to channel into art – and some great art has come from that place of darkness, sadness, being alone, and having your life completely change.

Song of the year?

Too much to choose from, but I’ll say that Billie Eilish’s “When the Party’s Over” hits so many right notes for me, especially given the topics above. There were so many amazing tracks this year, it’s impossible to pick just one.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I will no longer be people’s emotional tampon. I’m glad people think of me as a good listener and advice giver. That being said, I cannot do it for long and on some days, not at all. If I wanna remain focused and positive, I have to put up boundaries even with my loved ones that says, “you’re an adult, you can handle this. talk with a professional. I love you but I have my own stuff to deal with.”

My other resolution is to keep true to myself and my sound and keep pushing those boundaries, as I always have. I’d love to find a home that gets my vision and feeds it, too.

@Varien

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2018 Rewind: Denney

Denney

How was 2018 for you?

Denney: It’s been a mixed year to be honest, some great career highlights and some personal lowlights.

Highlights?

Mixing and releasing the Global Underground Nubreed 12 album. It took four months and is something I wanted to do since I was 15.

Lowlights?

Losing a family member.

Song of the year?

Maribou State – Nervous Tics (Counter Records)

What’s your New Year’s resolution? 

To be happy, same as every year!

@Denney

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