Diving into the master’s mind: Herobust talks tour life, sound design and new music

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Hayden Kramer, better known by his stage name, “Herobust,” is no stranger to the bass community. The burgeoning talent has made several leaps toward the top over the past year, making himself into somewhat of a household name among low-end lovers. From headlining festivals like, Bass Canyon, Electric Forest and Lollapalooza, to creating another vertebra-breaker single, “WTF,” proves that his journey has only just begun — and he’s got a bountiful future ahead.

Entering into phase 2 of his “WTF” tour, Dancing Astronaut was able to sit down and get inside the “Trap God’s” head dig deep into the fundamentals of a heavily touring artist that’s just reaching his peak. Herobust expressed how the adrenaline of playing each show is what drives him to continuously strive for greatness. Watching from the sidelines, it’s easy to tell that he gets lost in the music, completely surrendering to the moment. He’s an artist driven by love and passion for what he does, indeed.

The conversation centered around sound design extraordinaire’s creative process, where he offered some insight into where he gains inspiration from, and how he finds originality.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us tonight. It’s an honor! Are you excited? You are pretty used to this already, right?
Yeah! I think you can get used to the whole pre-show thing. You get used to the before the show nerves, but the adrenaline of actually playing the show never goes away.

Let’s start with how you came up with your artist name. How did you go about choosing “Herobust.” What’s the story behind it?
It was important to me that the name was total nonsense and that it wasn’t a real word. I didn’t like the idea that someone could hear a name and come up with a judgment before they heard the music. I think a lot of artists can relate to this. When you choose your name, you’re in the beginning of your career and it’s not the easiest decision. You put yourself in a situation where you’re up against a wall and you’re either going to make this work or fail. Herobust is the duality of making decisions you’re either the hero or you’re going to be a bust. A lot of people see the HeRo-bust aspect of it and I guess to some extent the word play was intended but it’s really about the duality and the commitment. It’s been really prevalent throughout my whole life actually.

3. How did you learn to produce?
I learned how to produce via rap music. I grew up in Atlanta and everyone raps. So yes, I’ve rapped, but you won’t find it anywhere. I was producing for myself, my friends and eventually everyone in my high school. Then I started to hear older electronic music artists like Amon Tobin and Aphex Twin, and as a producer, I saw that there was much more creativity to be had in other genres.

What are some methods you use especially with sound designing tracks like Giant Squiddim? 
If I make a sound that sounds like anything recognizable, like for example, I made something that sounds like power tools, then I think “Can I make more tracks that sound like this? Can I sample power tools and maybe make the vocal about dirty work?” All of a sudden, you have a song where the theme has been reversed engineered. I didn’t set out to make a song about a giant squid, I made a bass patch that sounded to me like a deep-sea monster, which inspired me to create an intro with all these bubbles and submarines and call it Giant Squiddim. My strength is sound design so it makes sense for me to start there and have that be the foundation for all my other decisions.

I’m aware that you are taking on “phase 2” of your “WTF” world tour, I can only imagine that it takes a huge toll on the body/mind. How do you manage to stay mentally, physically and emotionally healthy while on the road 
Physically, I work out a lot. I don’t party too much but also it’s something you get used too. It’s very common for a guy or girl to get on the road for the first month of touring and get so excited where you just party every night, but then you realize you can’t do that. You pick your spots though. You choose when the vibe is right. As far as it being downright exhausting, I can’t deny that it is, but every night you have this adrenaline of playing the actual show. Sometimes I feel like I’m not awake until after the show. Some people drink coffee every day at 9am, but for me, I get this cocktail of emotions and endorphins every night at midnight. Sometimes, it’s like the worst time to get that because usually everyone is like, “Alright it’s time to go to sleep now” and I’m like, “But, I’m finally awake!”

Who are some of your influences? Do you have any specific artists you admire?
I admire any artist that’s willing to commit to their vision and put it out on the line, that’s awesome! I think most of the older artists have influenced me in my early stages like when I mentioned Amon Tobin, Aphex Twins and Chris Clark. They sent me on this path and once I got on, I decided to really be original and ignore what everybody else was doing and dove into my own thing. I’m not trying to get tempted in what other people are doing because they’re all doing such great work, all of my peers are killing it! I just don’t want them to rub off on me. Staying original and doing my own thing is very important to me. I feel like I have something to put into my music and I want to find out what that is.

6. What advice do you have for young musicians/producers?
Advice that I would offer young musicians is to not get caught up in trying to promote your art. You don’t need to waste any time with that. If you focus on your art, your art will get to a point where people will come and do that part for you. It’s their job to know how to do that. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you’re perfecting how to promote art that is not ready. If you just focus on your craft and make your music as good as it can be, eventually one day, someone will be like, “Hey, people need to hear this and I can make that happen” and it will happen overnight. If you look at the guys who blow up, it is usually overnight. Like Mastadon. People blow up so fast now. It’s very binary. 

What is something you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
Honestly, I like everything exactly the way it is. Anything I didn’t know, I’m glad I didn’t because maybe I would have done things differently and the way things have gone so far is awesome. It’s my journey.

Do you think you’re still growing as an artist?
Oh yeah – your life is always changing because you have new obstacles and new emotions. It’s self-expression if you do it right. Rather than focusing on the product, I’m chasing that feeling. When I finish a track and I’m like, “Wow that felt really good creating that” then that’s when a good song comes out and will resonate with people because I was able to translate that emotion.

Tell us about some updates in the studio! Are we going to get a new Herobust EP/album soon?
I moved back to Atlanta so I’m back in rap world and a lot of my new stuff reflects that. Everything I make has elements of hip-hop but I hope in the next EP or album you’ll hear a full-on rap song, no drops. Herobust will still have plenty of songs where you can head bang to, but I want the next body of work to showcase a better representation of where I come from. Plus, I think that’s where things are heading. You see so many EDM artists that are merging with pop now. Artists like, Diplo and Marshmello can easily have rappers or vocalists come in and out of their sets. I think Herobust can be a hip-hop version of that.

That’s exciting! I’m stoked to hear the transition. I admire producers who can create different genres and are very versatile. Definitely – especially when they can bring their own sound to it. Because a lot of people can create many genres, but it’s really special when they bring their sauce to it.

Check out Herobust in his Phase 2 “WTF” tour here

Photo credit: @nickgallozzi

Riot Ten Gives Herobust’s ‘WTF’ A New Spin

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Herobust reinvented everything about the phrase WTF when he released his track dutifully named after the phrase back in August. The song is incredibly hard hitting and worthy of all headbanging and raging. And as if it didn’t go hard enough already, Riot Ten came in and gave the track a hard bass spin we didn’t

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Electric Zoo 2018 Exclusive Interview: Herobust

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If you don’t know the name Herobust by now you have surely been sleeping under a rock. This is one artist who has been doing big things for quite awhile now and is definitely one of the more well known acts in the bass music scene today. Over the years he’s been putting out some

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Herobust – WTF

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Herobust releases a vocal-centric, hard-hitting dubstep pandemonium, “WTF,” letting fans know on SoundCloud, “WTF was kind of a challenge I made for myself. Almost all the sounds in the track were made from processing and flexing a recording of the phrase ‘WTF.’ The result is… well, shocking.”

Haunting glass ballerina music box bells bells are joined by squishing synths and ominous kicks. A horrified voice clamors into the project, evoking emotions of fear and confusion until a confident build takes the track to new heights. Skittering percussion drive the song forward with Sir Bust’s signature trap snare. Culminating into piercing metallic growls and monstrous bass, the track leaves an end of summer mark to what has been a successful bout for Hayden Jerome Kramer.

The Atlanta-based producer has spent some serious time in the studio, finally releasing the craved ID in preparation for his new WTF world tour. Mosh pits beware.

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Herobust’s Newest Track Will Leave You Saying WTF

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After listening to Herobust’s newest track you’ll definitely be saying WTF. Today, the dubstep superstar dropped the highly anticipated, soon-to-be dubstep banger ‘WTF.’ Let me tell you…this song sounds amazing on a good set of speakers. We first got a taste of the track in Herobust’s EDC Las Vegas 2018 recap video and we’ve been

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Tom Morello’s insane cast of collaborators on new solo album includes Knife Party, Basenectar, Pretty Lights, and more

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Tom Morello’s insane cast of collaborators on new solo album includes Knife Party, Basenectar, Pretty Lights, and moreKnife Party Tom Morello

Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage, has gathered an insane, A-list group of rappers and dance producers for his upcoming new solo LP, The Atlas Underground, coming out October 12 via Mom + Pop Music. Collaborators on the project include Big Boi, Killer Mike, RZA, Steve Aoki, BassnectarPretty Lights, Herobust, Knife PartyWhethanVic Mensa, Gary Clark Jr., Portugal. The Man, and more. He’s already dropped two singles from the album: “Battle Sirens” featuring Knife Party and “We Don’t Need You” featuring Vic Mensa.

Morello told Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica, on his Beats 1 radio show, It’s Electric!, “I wanted to make a record that was the [Jimi] Hendrix of now,” which he described has three components: extraordinary guitar playing that falls outside the norm, creating radio songs that connected with a mass audience, and fashioning a new genre of music. The idea was to combine Morello’s analogue guitar sound with his favorite producers, rappers, musicians, and singers of today. Noting the shared DNA between electronica and metal after listening to Knife Party and Skrillex, Morello became illuminated to the idea of making a cross-genre project, and now in a few months it looks like it’ll finally materialize.  

The Atlas Underground Track List

1. Battle Sirens ft. Knife Party
2. Rabbit’s Revenge ft. Bassnectar, Big Boi, and Killer Mike
3. Every Step That I Take ft. Portugal. The Man and Whethan
4. We Don’t Need You ft. Vic Mensa
5. Find Another Way ft. Marcus Mumford
6. How Long ft. Steve Aoki and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath
7. Lucky One ft. K.Flay
8. One Nation ft. Pretty Lights
9. Vigilante Nocturno ft. Carl Restivo
10. Where It’s At Ain’t What It Is ft. Gary Clark Jr. and Nico Stadi
11. Roadrunner ft. Leikeli47
12. Lead Poisoning ft. GZA, RZA, and Herobust

H/T: Rolling Stone

Bassrush unveils ground shaking compilation album with Caspa, Spag Heddy, Herobust and more

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Bassrush unveils ground shaking compilation album with Caspa, Spag Heddy, Herobust and moreDon Idio Visuals Headbanging

Bassrush has long been a staple of the United States bass music scene, with their events and stage takeovers present at festivals all over the country. Enlisting some of the top talent at their disposal, Bassrush have put together Bassrush Massive: The Album, a compilation project jam-packed with exciting new music.

Mainstays and veteran bass deities alike, including Caspa, Boogie T, Herobust, and Minnesota all drop off heavy-hitting dubstep and bass tracks, each asserting their dominating styles with impressive sound design. The compilation also features some rising names in drum and bass, with Phace, Mefjus, Soothslayer, and Prolix dropping off high octane upbeat setlist ignitors. Additional underground standouts include “raider” by Tsuruda, “Bouncing Souls” by NastyNasty, and Great Dane’s “Elevate.” Brimming with some of the most innovative sounds of the low-end, this new Bassrush compilation is not one to miss.

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Herobust Was Unimpressed With Swedish House Mafia, Proceeds To Get Roasted

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Following Swedish House Mafia’s return to Ultra Music Festival 2018, there’s been a flurry of DJs and fans that have expressed their love for the trio and how much this return meant to them. Not everyone was loving their set though. Shortly after Swedish House Mafia played their reunion set, the trap producer Herobust tweeted

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Lollapalooza announces 2018 edition with The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Vampire Weekend, ODESZA, more

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The Midwest’s premier music festival, Lollapalooza, returns to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2–5 with a newly announced lineup for the behemoth, 4-day affair. Topping the 2018 bill are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Travis Scott, Logic, and ODESZA, and, most notably, Vampire Weekend — the band’s first live performance in four years.

Other high-profile acts include Tyler, The Creater, CHVRCHES, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, and Brit superstar Dua Lipa. The festival’s electronic and dance music bookings are just as thrilling, with a comprehensive roster of veteran and rising acts: Zedd, ExcisionDillon Francis, Galantis, Illenium, REZZ, Chromeo, Hippie Sabotage, Tycho, Zomboy, WhatSoNot, Malaa, Valentino Kahn, Petit Biscuit, Ghastly, Chris Lake, Herobust, and Space Jesus.

Lollapalooza also boasts an impressive undercard with Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, St. Vincent, and Aussie one-woman band Tash Sultana, who rarely tours the US.

With over a hundred names set to appear over the weekend, Lollapalooza truly has become an American institution with something to satiate everyone’s musical tastes. GA and VIP passes to Lollapalooza can be found here.

Herobust Releases New VIP to Dubstep Enhanced Track “Blockbuster”

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DJ-producer, Herobust, has never failed to share with his fans some hardcore music that no one can resist headbanging too. Known for releasing some epic tracks such as “Debt’N Eight” and “Vertebreaker,” this new VIP will definitely have you infatuated with its new rendition. Some time ago, Herobust released the original version of this track

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