The Origin: catch Haezer’s dark and dirty sounds

2013-08-02 00:00

GROWING up in the city of Pietermaritzburg, I used to frequent a heavy rock club.

The environment was dark and all about heavy metal beats. My fellow demimonde members had an open dislike for anything remotely dance music sounding.

Interestingly, enough those who still frequent the club are now die-hard fans of anything in the electronic dance music (EDM) genre.

The club now even has a separate section for electronic dance music.

What I have noticed is that there are two different kinds of EDM lovers — those that come from rave and dance culture, and those that come from metal.

Today, you have the opportunity of hearing someone who grew up listening to the latter.

Haezer has become one of South Africa’s biggest EDM exports, and he attributes his dark and dirty industrial sound to growing up listening to rock.

His career started in 2010 with the launch of his first single and he has since had two top 30 electro-house beatport singles and a number five position on the 5FM chart.

Haezer has just come back on an 11-week, 34-show European tour off the back of his latest EP, The Wrong Kid Died, which was released on Steve Aoki’s label, Dim Mak Records.

He is the type of producer-engineer who can dominate an entire dance floor and make even the hardiest of pop fans head bang.

For his gig in Durban this weekend, he has promised a set list of new and old tracks, some of which is raw material for his next album, which will take the dance floor on an interesting story.

Catch Haezer at The Origin, 9 Clark Road, Durban, tonight. Support acts include Durban-based Veranda Panda, Prototype and Shapeshifter from Johannesburg, Night Vision, Bear Girls, Mad Love, Icarus and many more.

Doors open at 8.30 pm. Tickets cost R80. This is one gig that is not to be missed.

Inquiries: 083 775 3300 or skyecripps@gmail.com or www.theorigin.co.za

• Alexandra.Patrick@witness.co.za

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