WE'VE BEEN HACKED
WE’VE BEEN HACKED, are a South African DJ duo, turning heads in Durban by keeping the kids fresh and creative on the dance floor. Currently working on original material Aweh had to plug in and find out a little more about the hype surrounding William Broli and Andrew Hulley, the brains behind, WE’VE BEEN HACKED.By Ollie Walker on 31/3/11
Aweh: We've Been Hacked, give us a run down of the dynamics of your duo and what you are all about.
William: Well, we are both passionate about the whole electronic scene, from the music to the fashion and the trash scene behind it too, so we look to incorporate all those elements into our performances.
Andrew: Last year we did three road trips up to Johannesburg to see Bloody Beetroots, Steve Aoki, D.I.M. & Feadz. What life changing gigs they were! We had to try and create that kind of hype and international flavor in our relatively small town. We are deeply passionate about music and want to bring that to the people. Its all about the party and people really enjoying themselves. Basically, having a good thrash around.
Aweh: How long have you been making music together?
Andrew: We formed officially as WE'VE BEEN HACKED about 6 months ago. We haven't finished anything yet but are in the process of making music from the ground up. Having dabbled in remixes, we want to bring a good combination of analogue to a digital market.
William: It is one of our dreams to play some of our own tracks that we’ve made in our sets.
Aweh: How would you describe your music and what you do?
Andrew: Whilst most of our music is in the electronic field we never stick to one genre. A good song is a good song no matter what. Basically we want to transcend the normal dynamic of a DJ standing in the booth mixing songs and being slightly detached from the crowd. We want to feel the crowd. One of us DJs and the other mashes the song up, basically doing a live remix by using keyboards and samplers, which creates a lot of energy and crowd involvement.
William: We play anything from DnB to Dubstep, Tech, Progressive House to Electro, and our favorite some good old Thrash Electro. We like to give a lot of energy when we play so that the crowd can feed off it, which in return makes us go harder behind the decks.
Aweh: It seems the music scene in Durban is really picking up, would you agree?
William: The music scene has been picking up with the introduction of Origin. Origin is basically the only club in Durban that is equipped for our scene. Then you have people like Georgios Kretsos that runs Uber Cool Events, bringing some of the best DJs from around the world to Durban. You also have GMT Productions that have a great platform for the up and coming DJs and bands in the Durban music scene.
Andrew: Durban is a real mixed bag. One night it will be the rawest, sickest place to party, the next ... tumble weed. I think the real problem is lack of well paid creative-type jobs in this town. As soon as people excel in any creative field they go to the greener pastures. Our biggest commodity is the people.
Aweh: What equipment are you guys using?
Andrew: We use quite a lot, so forgive me if I ramble. For actually playing the tracks we use a Laptop with Traktor and a Numark Mixtrack to DJ. We use a Native Instruments Kontrol X-1 and Korg Nano Kontrol for looping, effects, cue points and beat juggling etc. For external sounds to add to the tracks we use a Micro Korg XL, Korg Kaossilator, Boss Dr. Synth, Yamaha QY-10, all of which are either a synthesizer or a sampler. But the most important of all, the humble cowbell.
Aweh: What is your opinion of the creative scene in Durban and South Africa?
Andrew: Unfortunately I think Durban struggles as there are better paid jobs in Johannesburg and Cape Town and people tend to chase the money. The one thing that Durban does have going for it is a rawness and passion about it's art, as people have to push themselves that much harder to be successful.
Aweh: Do you have any other creative interests outside of music?
Andrew: Inside the music sphere I am not only interested in electronic music. I love all of it. I play guitar, bass, piano, and drums . The works. I am also very passionate about film photography — there is a soul in it that no Photoshop or App can capture.
William: I'm Really interested in VJ'ing as well. That's another one of my plans for WE'VE BEEN HACKED this year, to start putting visuals into our sets just to add that extra punch to our shows.
Aweh: What's your relationship with IAM?
Andrew: Due to Durban being such a small place we were already friends with the Kieser brothers. When we found out they owned IAM we almost couldn't believe it as we have always seen and liked their designs.
William: They blew our minds with their work. We chose two of their designs to get some WE’VE BEEN HACKED t-shirts made, so they are in the pipeline as we speak. They’ve also given us some of their IAM T’s to rock in a few of our sets which is rad. We really dig their work!
Aweh: What does the future hold for WE'VE BEEN HACKED?
Andrew: Well, we are busy working hard at producing some of our own original material, which is definitely a goal of ours. We have a lot of gigs lined up with some international artists too which we are delighted about.
William: Another goal of ours is to do a small national tour, playing with Cape Town and Joburgs’ finest by the end of the year.
Aweh: Where can we find you online?
William: You can follow us online under our Facebook friend profile, WE’VE BEEN HACKED. There you will find links pictures and gig dates.
Aweh: Thanks for your time guys and good luck in the future. We look forward to hearing your new tracks and updates on the scene.
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