Haywyre & The Opiuo Band
Haywyre consists of Martin Vogt, who has been studying piano since the age of six. His interest in the production of various genres of electronic music and piano instrumentals began growing when he lived in Austria; there, he was exposed to jazz and hip-hop for the first time. Shortly after moving back to the U.S. in 2008, Haywyre was created. Now, his mission can be defined by providing his listeners with music that presents variety, originality, and ideas stemming from his jazz and classical knowledge base. The most general description to Martin’s sound can be described as memorable melodies and (jazz / classically influenced) chord progressions in the context of progressive electronic music. Synthetic and organic elements combine in works inspired by artists such as Noisia, Flying Lotus, KOAN Sound, Hans Zimmer, Clint Mansell, Austin Peralta, and Abdullah Ibrahim. His main compositional tool is the piano; countless nights are spent drafting harmonic and melodic outlines by improvising. For live performances, Haywyre also includes his akai mpk 88 to perform the melodies while triggering the stems to the rest of the pieces. His guitar work can also be heard in many tracks (and sometimes other instruments, such as the Duduk, as well). So far, he has mastered every release himself (except the Draw The Line EP).
The Opiuo Band
For New Zealand native Opiuo, making music has been an undeniable passion that encapsulates his every moment. His incredibly original, against the grain style is often referred to simply as “funkadelic bass music”, a term he supports wholeheartedly. The producer who now calls Australia home first gained international recognition in 2010 with his single “Robo Booty” from his debut album “Slurp and Giggle”, which was a finalist for Best Dance/Electro Release at the Australian Independent Music Awards that year. His music has since reached the #1 position on the iTunes, Hype Machine, Beatport & Addictech charts. Racking up 5 million plays on his Soundcloud page, Opiuo swept the 2013 UK Glitch-Hop Awards with 5 wins. His latest full-length album “Meraki” was a finalist for the Best Electronica Album at the New Zealand Music Awards 2014.
Opiuo’s unique take on electronic music has captured the attention of music lovers around the entire globe, with sets at Coachella (USA), Glastonbury (UK), Shambhala (Canada), Lightning In A Bottle (USA), Boomtown Fair (UK) as well as headlining tours across Australia, New Zealand, N. America, Europe, Asia, Israel and India. He’s shared the stage with some of music’s elite including Bassnectar, Moby, Pete Tong, Bonobo, & The Glitch Mob to name a few. Whether he’s equipped with his solo setup of various drum machines and synths, or performing 100% live as The Opiuo Band, his explosive live shows never disappoint.
As a remixer Opiuo’s credits span far & wide, from Gwen Stefani to Kimbra, Pretty Lights to Infected Mushroom, KOAN Sound to Shapeshifter and many more. With such a grand scope its no wonder Opiuo’s musical meanderings are heard the world over.