On Sunday, July 21st the HYTE Park Festival will celebrate the launch of it's first event with some of the most popular players in the current Techno underground. Governors Island in the Upper New York Bay will tremble with the beats of Chris Liebing, Boris, DVS1, Guti, Robert Dietz, Hector, Monoloc and Tommy Four Seven.
Leading up to the event, HYTE will be releasing a series of interview with the artists. First up is CLR label boss Chris Liebing...
You have been invited to play at the first edition of the Hyte Park Festival on Governors Island together with some of the most credible artists in the scene. What do you expect from a festival at such an unusual, breathtaking location and with such a promising, diverse lineup?
To be honest, I have never been to this location, but I have seen pictures and I just know that it is in such a close proximity to the southern tip of Manhattan, that you have the view on Manhattan with its energetic vibe, basically overlooking the island with this little party on there. It´s so empowering to have this kind of event inside of a city with so much energy and culture, and to be able to do something like this in such a location, together with the people there who are having a great time. It will surely be a very unique moment!
You have been part of the electronic music scene for years now and have been playing numerous international venues. What kind of changes have you noticed in the global scene?
The biggest change I have noticed in the scene, is that productions have become more professional, which really benefits the entire vibe of a party. It creates happier artists, happier DJs and happier party guests. Especially with very good sound systems you are basically able to go beyond certain borders or musical limits which you might have. Things have become deeper and more defined. This is a very positive evolution and very nice to experience.
There is the ongoing discussion about the “underground” and the “mainstream” sound. Especially in the U.S. with the rise of EDM, a lot a new people get in touch with electronic music for the first time. What is your opinion about this development and were do you see yourself in the big picture?
Well, I have been coming to the United States for almost fifteen years now as a DJ and I have never seen such a big momentum in the electronic music scene as right now. I do believe that this is also due to the fact that electronic music has become very popular in a wider sense in the United States and that it has entered the charts in top positions, which then again makes people more used to and more interested in electronic sounds. I have the feeling that quite a few of these people who get in touch with electronic music for the very first time listen to something easier digestible, easier listening, not as challenging in the beginning, but then start to dig deeper and find more diverse underground styles. So I don´t condemn the mainstream EDM scene, because I do believe that it can offer some sort of access for a lot of people to more diverse underground styles. I see the proof for this every time I go to the States, as I am always surprised by the big knowledge the crowd has about what is popular in the European underground.
Do you think it´s important at all with what kind of equipment DJs are playing their music, or do you think it much rather comes down to the result and the impact of what you are doing? In other words, what is your opinion regarding vinyl versus digital DJs?
I think that there has never been a better time than now, and it is even getting better, for everyone to play their music the way they feel it the best way and the way they can handle it best. Not everyone can handle vinyl like a true master, but those should obviously play with vinyl and they are doing an incredible job with it. Then there are those who master their digital equipment in a very nice way. It´s good that there is the possibility to play music in any possible way. I have always believed that the most important thing is what in the end comes out of the speaker and it does not matter how it´s produced, how it´s made, how it´s being played, as long as it reaches the soul of the people on the dance-floor. I think the person who plays it should do it with the equipment he or she feels best with, so in the end it really does not matter at all.
What would you consider the best technological invention of the last ten years?
The best technological invention of the past ten years is a vaporizer. A vaporizer is a tool that has changed my life, especially in the past year.
If you had the power to change something about the world just by saying it out aloud – what would it be?
I think to change something about the world you have to start with yourself, so I would say aloud: “Look in the mirror and find out if you are the person you would like to be around with right now” :)
Sunday, July 21st 2013
Governors Beach Club, Governors Island
New York City
Doors open 2pm-12am | 18 to enter / 21 to drink
Early Bird $35 - SOLD OUT | General Admission $45 | VIP $100
Available now on Resident Advisor and Club Tickets.