Over the last few years, Hudson Mohawke has solidified himself as one of the most versatile crossover producers in both the electronic and hip-hop world. The 29-year-old artist from Glasgow released his debut album Butter on Warp Records in 2009, and since then formed the now defunct TNGHT duo with Lunice, becoming integral to the rise of the electronic trap movement with their explosive and off kilter sound.
Next up was signing was Kanye West's G.O.O.D. music imprint, working on a handful of his projects including songs on his ubiquitous Yeezus album. Now he looks forward to his second album on Warp Record, going by the name Lantern and recently debuting his live show of the same name at Irving Plaza in New York.
The album drops on June 16th, and HudMo recently spoke about that release and more on his cover shoot for The Fader. In the article, we hear the Scottish artist speak on his struggle with drug abuse, working with the G.O.O.D. music family, and separating himself from trap. You can read some of the most memorable quotes below, and view the full article here.
On His Struggle With Substance Abuse:
"I had these really strong pills and had basically chewed up my lip until I had literally opened a hole inside of my mouth. Had I been alone, I wouldn't have survived. It was one of those points where I learned that this wasn't a big joke. Like, if you want to do this, you have to be serious about it. You have to take care of yourself. Otherwise, you're going to be six feet under."
On The Formation Of TNGHT, And Separating Himself From Trap:
“Nobody knew what the fuck it was or how to categorize it...We’re not really EDM guys. I love that stuff, but you find yourself in the same lineups with bigger crowds where more and more people just want to hear one thing, and that’s not what I want to be about...It’s fun to watch a huge mosh pit where everybody runs all over the fucking place, but then the music becomes secondary to people thrashing each other. It’s too boring.”
On Working With Kanye’s Label G.O.O.D. Music:
“I have the freedom to keep doing my own shit, and when a major project is being worked on, I can dip into that and be involved...I’m always very wary of going into too much detail talking about the situation. It’s just a sort of thing you don’t talk about.”
On Happy Hardcore And Studying Music:
“There weren’t too many 11- and 12-year-olds into happy hardcore...I discovered that most of the people making hardcore were hip-hop guys too. They would take uncleared samples from hip-hop records, speed up the vocals, chop up the drums, and turn them into dance music. Hardcore and hip-hop didn’t seem that different
On Sneaking Into Clubs:
“I wouldn’t go to party. I’d just sit there and study the DJs.”
On Getting Signed With Warp:
“My initial thought was, ‘Why the fuck would Warp want me?" It didn’t seem like my sound particularly fit their aesthetic. I was like, ‘You’re gonna put me on the same label as Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada, and all I have are these little songs I made in my mum’s basement.’”