Haywyre

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Haywyre
Haywyre 2017 press photo 1 cropped.jpg
Haywyre in 2017
Background information
Birth nameMartin Sebastian Vogt
Born (1992-08-08) August 8, 1992 (age 26)
Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Producer
  • musician
Instruments
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitehaywyremusic.com

Martin Sebastian Vogt (born August 8, 1992), better known by his stage name Haywyre, is an American electronic music producer, pianist, and performer. He is known for fusing elements of classical, jazz and funk into various genres of electronic music, as well as his unique style of piano improvisation within electronic music. In 2014, Vogt released a performance video showcasing his re-interpretation of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" which saw viral success on YouTube.[1] Vogt has toured with artists such as Mat Zo, Gramatik, Zedd, GRiZ and Rezz, as well as playing festivals such as Coachella and Bonnaroo and headlining his own North American tours.[2]

Early life and origins[edit]

Vogt was born in Lafayette, Indiana.[3] From an early age, his parents exposed him to a wide variety of music, encompassing many genres and styles. Vogt began studying piano at five years of age under the guidance of a traditional classical pianist. Vogt moved to Austria with his parents when he was six years old, continuing his study of classical music on piano.[4] The classical recitals, competitions and concerts he performed in all influenced the performance-orientated nature of his later work. Vogt moved back to the United States in 2006, and later went to study at Augsberg College, where he was exposed to a wider repertoire of jazz and classical music, as well as more electronic artists.[5]

Vogt first started to gain an online following when he began uploading original tracks and remixes to Newgrounds in 2009. These first tracks had an ambient/instrumental hip hop style, with later works including influences from dubstep producers such as Noisia.[5]

Career[edit]

2009–2010: Lotus and Of Mellows and Revelations[edit]

Vogt released his debut studio album, titled Lotus on February 4, 2009, and his second studio album, Of Mellows and Revalations on July 18, 2010. These albums drew influence from experimental electronic and hip hop artists he was introduced to in high school such as Flying Lotus, Mobb Deep and People Under The Stairs.

2011–2012: Dubsonic and The Voyage[edit]

On February 26, 2011, Vogt released his third studio album, Dubsonic through GruntWorthy Music.

Vogt's forth studio album, The Voyage, was released on January 12, 2012.

2013–2016: Two Fold Pt. 1 and Two Fold Pt. 2[edit]

On July 29, 2013, Vogt released the single, "Synergy" through Canadian electronic music label Monstercat. This was followed by the single, "Back and Forth" on September 6, 2013.

Vogt released his fifth studio album, Two Fold Pt. 1, on March 31, 2014. This was the first ever LP to be released on Monstercat, and was met with immediate critical acclaim. Tyler Trew of Your EDM said of the album, "The level of musicality in the LP is unparalleled; Martin extended himself to the furthest reaches of existence and back as a producer, and more importantly as a musician, to cultivate something that is undeniably extraordinary."[6] This album was followed by the release of the single, "Everchanging" on August 4, 2014.

After the release of Two Fold Pt. 1, Vogt began working more closely with Monstercat, and during his second year of college, he interned for the label at their offices in Vancouver.[5] During his internship, Vogt recorded a performance video of his re-interpretation of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". The video, which has been viewed over 3.4 million times, was uploaded to his YouTube channel on July 10, 2014.[1] The viral success of this video led to Vogt being asked to tour with artists such as Zedd, Mat Zo and Gramatik during 2014 and 2015. It was at this time that Vogt dropped out of college and moved to Vancouver, to pursue a full time career as a musician.[7] In 2015, Vogt also headlined his own North American Two Fold Pt. 1 tour, spanning January and February of that year.

On January 23, 2015, Vogt released the single "Insight", accompanied by a performance video similar in style to his Smooth Criminal remix.[8] This video was also used by GoPro on YouTube to promote their HERO3+ cameras.[9]

Vogt peaked at #8 on the Billboard Next Big Sound chart during the week of January 2, 2016.[10]

On February 8, 2016, Vogt released Two Fold Pt. 2, his sixth studio album. This album included the singles "Do You Don't You" and the performance video and single "Endlessly". The latter was live-streamed all in one take on Twitch. Two Fold Pt. 2 was received well by critics, with Michael Sundius of Billboard stating, "Forward-thinking, yet conscious of the past, [Vogt's] work as Haywyre is both innovative and tasteful."[11] The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard Dance Chart, and was accompanied by a North American tour in February and March of 2016.[10][11]

2017–Present: Panorama[edit]

In November 2017, Vogt moved back to the United States.[12]

After the release of the singles "Tell Me" and "Storyteller", Vogt released the EP, Panorama: Discover on November 30, 2018. This was revealed to be the first EP in a six-part concept series entitled "Panorama". The themes of these EPs will be "Discover, Form, Fragment, Control, Resolve and Fulfill".[13] Matthew Meadow of Your EDM praised the Discover EP, saying "Haywyre fans from any period of his career are sure to love Discover, as it blends his classic jazz knowledge with blazing electronic flourishes and pizazz... it offers up some bouncy funk and groove like no other."[14]

On February 22, 2019, Vogt released the second EP in the Panorama series, titled "Form". These two EPs were accompanied by a headlining North American Discover/Form tour.[15]

Vogt stated that returning to release independently gave him more creative control over the entire musical process, enabling him to try new styles and genres without having to fit in with the industry.[16] The Discover and Form EPs both explore the performance element of Vogt's music, with each single having its own performance video released alongside. These EPs also place an emphasis on a new, funk driven style, which "bridges the gap between music production and music performance".

Musical style and influences[edit]

Vogt's music can be summarised as melodically focused electronic music with jazz influenced chord progressions. His music incorporates a wide range of influences, from the classical music he grew up reciting including works from Lizst, Bach and Chopin, to the sounds off jazz, electronic and hip hop music he was exposed to while studying at high school and college. Vogt also cites Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus, KOAN Sound, Noisia and Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff as direct influences.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

Title Information Charts
US
Dance
[10]Dance Club Songs
Lotus
Of Mellows and Revelations
Dubsonic
The Voyage
  • Released: January 10, 2012
  • Label: GruntWorthy Music
  • Format: Digital download
Infinite
Two Fold Pt. 1
Two Fold Pt. 2 13
Panorama: Discover
Panorama: Form
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album Label
The Observer 2012 Encompassing Self-released
Mono Nova
Draw the Line Draw the Line
Erase It
Synergy 2013 Non-album single Monstercat
Back and Forth
Everchanging 2014
Smooth Criminal Self-released
Insight 2015 Monstercat
Endlessly Two Fold Pt. 2
Do You Don't You 2016
I Am You
Tell Me 2018 Panorama: Discover Self-released
Storyteller
Let Me Hear That 2019 Panorama: Form Self-released
Contagious

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist Label
Lose Control 2012 Dove & Knowa Knowone Street Ritual
Cheyah 2012 Mr Bill Gravitas
Marijuana 2013 Chrome Sparks Self-released
Eye Of The Tiger Survivor Self-released
Breathe Dubvirus Self-released
Misty Erroll G. Self-released
Hideous Noisia & Black Sun Empire Blackout
Subvert Au5 & Fractal Adapted Records
Peacock 2014 7 Minutes Dead Monstercat
All We Need 2015 Odesza Counter Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Haywyre (July 10, 2014), Haywyre - Smooth Criminal [Remix], retrieved April 9, 2019
  2. ^ "Haywyre". Bandsintown. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  3. ^ Mozdzynski, Karolina (March 7, 2017). "From Indiana to Austria and back, Haywyre tells his story". Four Over Four. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Meadow, Matthew (March 14, 2015). "Artist Spotlight: Haywyre". Your EDM. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Stepura, Anna (May 28, 2015). "Haywyre explains dropping out of college, Two Fold Pt.2 and what lies ahead!". The Electronic Current. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Trew, Tyler (April 3, 2014). "Your EDM LP Review: Haywyre - Two Fold Pt. 1 [Monstercat]". Your EDM. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Burka, Chelsea (January 30, 2015). "Haywyre: Putting the "Music" back into Electronic Dance Music". UKF. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  8. ^ Monstercat: Uncaged (January 23, 2015), Haywyre - Insight (Live Performance) [Monstercat Release], retrieved April 9, 2019
  9. ^ GoPro (May 6, 2015), GoPro Music: Haywyre Performs ‘Insight’ - POV, retrieved April 9, 2019
  10. ^ a b c "Haywyre - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Haywyre Talks New Album 'Two Fold Pt. 2', Shares Japan Tour Recap Video". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  12. ^ Haywyre (November 28, 2017). "Last night of living in Vancouver. Loved the last three years and looking forward to what's next. Change is in the air". Twitter. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "Haywyre Announces 6-Part EP, Proves His Live Funk Chops On 'Tell Me': Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  14. ^ Meadow, Matthew (December 1, 2018). "Haywyre Completes Return From 2-Year Hiatus With New EP [MUST LISTEN]". Your EDM. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Lefevre, Zachary (February 22, 2019). "Haywyre Releases 'Panorama: Form' EP and Kicks Off Discover/Form Tour!". EDM Identity. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  16. ^ Lefevre, Zachary (February 25, 2019). "Haywyre Talks 'Panorama' Project, Writing Lyrics, & His Upcoming Tour". EDM Identity. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  17. ^ "Haywyre". www.haywyremusic.com. Retrieved April 9, 2019.

External links[edit]

Official Website