PARKLIFE PREVIEW: Hype and Hazard

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JUST days before Parklife festival, Quays News continues its artist countdown series with an interview with Hype and Hazard!
Hype and Hazard are a pair of infamous DJs that work even better together than their successful individual acts would seem.

“I enjoy the set more when working with Hazard,” Hype tells us.

“When I DJ alone I am so absorbed in what I’m doing I end up missing what’s going on in the actual club or festival. Doing it back to  back is easier as I am actually doing less – because Hazard is doing half the set with me!”
His partner Hazard seems particularly excited to be able to work with Hype.

It’s a hard one because I don’t really see it as work when we’re playing together. There’s so many people who would love to work with Hype and somehow, I just turned up!”

Hype and Hazard’s separate approaches to drum n bass shouldn’t work together according to Hazard.

“If you’d asked me before the first back to back set, I probably would have said they don’t! But everyone seems to be enjoying the sets so I must be wrong on that one…”

The veteran DJ Hype, who appeared on the UK Singles Chart with “Shot in the Dark,” in 1993, says that Parklife is “one of the best festivals in the UK.”
Hazard meanwhile, has never played before, but he’s hoping for the “best year yet!”

Unfortunatley, the busy gigging career means their oppurtunity to see many of the other fantastic acts at Parklife is limited:

“I’ve got two more gigs to go to that day so I’ll be spending most of the day in car unfortunately,” Hazard explains.

Suprisingly, Hype tells us that he won’t be catching any of the acts because he “ain’t a raver mate!”

Drum and Bass music has entered and left the mainstream subconcious in recent years. Hype says there’s plenty of amazing underground acts and exciting new movements in the genre, though, that will keep their live set fresh.

“The underground infrastructure that Drum and Bass has keeps it alive. Other genres die when the mainstream gets bored of them, because they have nowhere else to go or develop anymore. But in dnb and jungle, the underground infrastructure keeps a platform going for new and undiscovered artists, as well as new promoters and even new styles of drum and bass.”

Hazard very much concurs:

“It keeps evolving and changing. Whether it’s jump up, tech, dark, neuro, liquid, jungle – when one style starts to get overplayed and stale, another style pops up in its place to keep things moving and interesting.

“Yeah, that gives them time to develop and become the next new thing – that keeps it moving and fresh,” Hype goes on.

“The mainstream is good at exploiting artists and styles of music but it’s not where music develops – that’s what a good underground scene does and that’s why it’s still going strong, some may even say stronger than ever!

As for the duos Parklife set, Hazard explains that he has as of yet “no idea what to expect” in terms of music choices, but he promises the duo will “do their very best” with a wink.

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