From Wirral Peninsula, UK, HAWKINS77 went from aspiring producer to being signed by Don Diablo's Hexagon Records, and even doing an official remix for Dyro! Today, we chat with HAWKINS77 (Gav) about how his music journey, and how TEAMMBL Academy helped him reach his goals...
Can you tell us about your recent release on Hexagon?
It's called "All I Want".
What style is it?
Future House / Colour House (I had added a few Colour House stabs in there, and people started calling it a Colour House track. It wasn't actually intentional, but I'm still happy about it).
Which label is it signed by?
Generation HEX (Hexagon), and my new Remix of Dyro is on Hexagon Main.
How did it get signed?
I submitted to the Hexagon Demo Drop page on their website, and they responded about three weeks later asking whether it was still available. Once I had recovered from my initial panic attack, I was delighted to tell them that it was.
How did you come up with the idea?
It all started when Mo Falk and Jonth released their sample & preset pack called "The Arsenal", and then Mo Falk followed it up by using that pack with his usual Friday evening sample flip contest. Unfortunately, I don't often get to participate in these contests in real time due to childcare constraints, but I quite frequently did them by myself on a Saturday morning. I created a 30-second track, which consisted of a simple break and build-up, followed by the now-familiar drop. I like it so much that I decided to extend it to a complete track.
What’s your favorite part about your track?
I love the groove on the drop provided by the granular synth.
What do you like to do besides music?
I love to create 3D graphics in Blender, mainly for track cover art and music videos.
What is your #1 tip for producers?
What I feel helped me the most was to participate in sample flip contests by creating short tracks within a limited timeframe. This forced me to organize myself by creating my own sample packs, and saving out my favorite FX chains, etc. This streamlining allowed me to get ideas down fast, and avoid over-listening to my tracks, which ultimately led to me getting bored of them.
What are your goals for the future?
My biggest goal was to get a track signed by Hexagon, and I hadn't thought much beyond that to be honest. I think I'm mainly going to work on consistent releases and improving my social media presence.
How did TEAMMBL Academy help you reach your goals?
I don't think I would be where I am without TEAMMBL. They provided an essential platform with access to professional coaching and track feedback, which allowed me to grow and achieve a level of producing that I only ever previously dreamed of. Also, the Serum Preset Packs helped a lot, and feature in all my tracks.
How can people find you & your music?
Since writing this blog...
Hawkins77 has also released an official remix for Dyro that you can stream below!
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