Artist Spotlight: Haywyre (Martin Vogt)
By John Neave
Over the past year the genre of Glitch Hop has significantly jumped in the electronic music popularity ranks with the emergence of many strong new producers tapping into the genre. A genre that was once pioneered by acts such as The Glitch Mob and KOAN Sound has opened up to include many incredible new acts, one of the most promising being 21 year old Martin Vogt, otherwise known as Haywyre. Engaging his listeners in an array of different BPM while also incorporating some of the most unique musical arrangements electronic music has ever seen, he is singlehandedly changing the meaning of EDM.
Originally from Austria but currently residing in Minnesota, Vogt has been producing music for five years, but has been playing music for a total of 13 years, giving him a keen ear for music and composition. He listed some of his biggest influences as Austin Peralta, KOAN Sound, Abdullah Ibrahim, Franz Liszt, Chrome Sparks, Noisia, and Culprate, which listeners shouldn’t have trouble picking up on. He has already drawn comparisons to the likes of the aforementioned KOAN Sound and the legendary Daft Punk just to name a few.
One of the most unique parts of his sound is his fusion of jazz parts with electronic elements, awarding his music one of the most unique and intellectual sounds in EDM today.
“(The) key components of the compositional aspects of my works are essentially broken up into my experience with classical and jazz music, which I think are incredibly important,” said Vogt.
Packing heavy baselines, emotionally driven melodies, and even wicked synthesizer solos, Haywyre is set to be a force within the electronic music community.
In early 2009 under his alias Haywyre he independently released his first track to the public followed by his first album entitled ‘Lotus’ – which was chill out music at it’s finest.
After the release of ‘Lotus’, Vogt followed with the release of more chill-out tunes on the album ‘Of Mellows and Revelations’ in 2010 – a record that had a noticeably heavier bass feel to it.
In 2011, he took on a new genre, releasing his first dubstep album with GruntWorthy Music entitled ‘Dubsonic’ – where you start to hear the sound that is Haywyre today.
The year of 2012 saw Vogt open up to many new genres of production – while also staying true to the sound that he owns – something he hasn’t lost to this day. This is also the year where Vogt found and developed his heavy Glitch Hop/Neurohop sound. One of Vogt’s standout productions of the year, an album entitled ‘The Voyage’ – which saw him develop the more jazzy ends of his sound while at the same time combining Downtempo/Dubstep elements.
Following this was the ‘Encompassing’ EP in March 2012, where he first brought his new Glitch Hop sound to the table. His next two releases – ‘Infinite’ and ‘Draw The Line’ – concluded 2012 as a sign of what was to come in 2013.
This year has already been Haywyre’s biggest year without a doubt, especially after he introduced the ‘A Song Per Week’ campaign.
Introducing an unbelievable arsenal of sounds, Vogt has been releasing a brand new track or work in progress every week.
Some of these have developed into monster releases for him, such as ‘Back and Forth’ which was released with Monstercat in early September.
I asked Vogt what three words he’d use to describe his music.
“For the lack of better words; progressive, intellectual, electronic”
Haywyre’s sound isn’t for every listener, but those who can connect with this gold mine of originality and pure musical talent will find that the next big artist in Electronic Music is right at their fingertips.