Fell Reis’ HUE imprint is quickly becoming one to watch, albeit just two releases in, the sound instantly stands out as premium offerings, the latest of which come from the label head himself. We caught up with the main man to jump deeper into the HUE journey so far.
Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your new single, ‘Deeper Acid’? What led you to create this particular track?
I was missing a release of something more progressive on my own catalogue, I’ve been playing ‘Deeper Acid’ for the last 2 years and I was getting great results on the dancefloor. So I decided to share it.
‘Deeper Acid’ has a unique and captivating sound. How would you describe the overall vibe and style of the track, and how does it fit into your musical journey?
I think it’s a blend of Progressive, Melodic House, Indie and of course Acid.
Your record label, Hue Records, has been making waves in the electronic music scene. How does “Deeper Acid” align with the label’s vision and sound, and what makes it stand out from your previous releases?
The idea of HUE is to release music that stands out of the usual patterns followed by labels. I’m quite tired of labels releasing the same copy and paste, HUE covers all the spectrum of colors, here we’ll do the same, we want diversity and people driven by art, not by charts. I created the label to take risks.
Could you walk us through the creative process behind ‘Deeper Acid’? What were some of the key elements and influences that went into producing this track?
Firstly he classic TB303 acid bassline creates the driving force of the track, then we have the analogue vocoder on the percs making this weird voice/perc sound. For the breakdown, some strings add a nice tension for the climax.
Many DJs and producers have signature sounds or techniques. What elements or production techniques do you believe set your music apart from others in the electronic music scene?
Definitely the vocoder in the percs, I love when you listen a sound that you don’t know if is a vocal or just a sound. That was the idea there. Using the vocoder you can create and very weird phonetic sounds.
As both a producer and a DJ, how do you approach translating your studio creations into a live performance? Are there any particular challenges or highlights you’d like to share?
I started as a DJ before producing, and when you’re a proper DJ you read the crowd differently, you know that you have that track to change the mood. That sometimes can be a challenge to play your own music, as I have a big library of tracks sometimes I prefer to play safe and make sure that the crowd is happy then play a bunch of my songs that can be too much.
It is different for producers that became performers afterwards, they got on stage because of their own music only so it is a different game. What I normally do is play loops of my new tracks in the behind or make mashups with tracks that the crowd know and that helps a lot to introduce new tracks.
What can your fans and listeners expect from you and Hue Records in the future? Are there any upcoming projects or releases you’d like to tease or share with us?
I started signing artists that will be part of the 2024 campaign, we’ll be an small crew that share the same ideas and play together on the showcases.
Finally, for aspiring producers and DJs looking to follow in your footsteps, what advice or tips would you offer to help them navigate the ever-changing landscape of electronic music?
My tip for everyone and took me years to understand is. The industry is “fake”! I say like that because we start to make music for us, then you start music for fans, then you see yourself working for the industry. Produce whatever you want, just make sure that you’re releasing what you’re 100% satisfied with. All the rest is reflect of that creation. As soon you start to work for the industry you already lost yourself and the price to pay is very high.
Pick up a copy of ‘Deeper Acid’ here.