Broken & Uneven present The Hydra

Words by: Marcus Barnes
Posted: 3/9/12 7:16

Broken & Uneven present Hydra Series Part 2As the underground electronic music scene in London continues to grow and remain healthy in terms of clientele the doors open for more new events to enter the arena and stake their claim.

The Hydra is a new series of events showcasing talent from various well-known record labels, including the likes of Ostgut Ton, Innervisions and Dial Records, put on by Broken & Uneven – the peeps behind Electric Minds and We Fear Silence.

I caught up with them to find out how the new enterprise started and what we can expect from this epic season of parties...

When/why did you guys first knock heads and decide to start working together?
Ajay and I first met last year when I moved the Ostgut Ton showcase to Cable which is where Ajay was working at the time. When Ajay left Cable shortly afterwards we met up and after a bit of discussion we thought it would be a good idea to join forces and work on our independent projects collectively.

How was Hydra conceived?
When I met Ajay we had several projects that shared the same ethos musically but we also had various connections that brought different labels to the table. After a bit of thought we decided that it would be a great idea to pull all of our resources and bring together all of the different labels and bookings we made independently to try and present a broad spectrum of the many areas of electronic music.

How long did it take to get the whole thing programmed/DJs booked and so on?
All in all its taken eight months from inception to hopefully launching the full series just before the August Bank Holiday and the first Hydra party with Ostgut Ton on the 24th August.

Hydra: Ostgut Ton Label Showcase
Is there a particular ethos behind Hydra... what are you hoping to achieve and what separates it from other club nights/events that are happening around the capital?
The main ethos with The Hydra is that we only work with labels whose output we appreciate and respect. For us, every label we work with leads the way in music they work with and we didn’t want to make a compromise in the quality of music we promote. Both Ajay and I are hugely passionate about the labels and that is the main reason behind putting this series together.

What effect has it had on your own personal endeavours?
It's been very stressful trying to pull this off so its meant we’ve had to put the summer on hold in terms of producing so many events. Resources-wise its taken everything we have to get to the stage we are at now so after many months of trying to lock down acts, venues, licenses we’re very much ready to see the series get started.

In terms of music you're into at the moment, who's really floating your boat?
I really like what Trevino is doing, Running Back’s output with Theo Parrish and Redshape recently has been great and of course close to home I think Endian and Shifted are doing some really cool stuff. On the techno front Shed is pretty amazing. Move D of course is always there and especially as we have a new release of his to put out on Electric Minds shortly.

What can people expect to experience at Hydra? I mean, what can they look forward to in terms of music/production and so on...?
As with all of our events we don’t accept anything but the best. We have worked with Sound Services for years now and when Ostgut Ton and Innervisions walk away happy with the sound we provide them we know we’re in good hands with Rich and Curt who are behind the Funktion One installs. Rebel Overlay provide our visuals and again we think he’s pretty up there as one of the best on the scene. We also have a great event management team with The East London Bar Company so we try to make sure everything from the bar to the running of the event is done so as professionally as possible.

Music wise I guess we champion techno, house and drum & bass via A Bunch Of Cuts. None of what we do is commercial, we just follow what we think is the best in terms of production and sound.

What does the future hold for 1) Hydra and 2) Yourselves individually?
The Hydra will be developed for 2013 with more labels and more dates. Individually we will work together for the foreseeable future on The Hydra and expanding the Electric Minds loft parties next year. We’ll return to Sonar and have some ideas for festivals in the UK and Europe for next year.

Broken & Uneven present
The Hydra

Saturday, 15 September 2012
Dial Records
Pantha Du Prince, Efdemin, Roman Flugel, Lawrence, John Roberts

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Saturday, 13 October 2012
Deviation 5th Birthday
Moodymann, Dam Funk, Hudson Mohawke, Kode9, Benji B

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Friday, 26 October 2012
Blawan, Lucy, Pangaea, Objekt, Third Side, Kowton

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Saturday, 27 October 2012
Innervisions x Permanent Vacation
Dixon, Ame, Tensnake, Todd Terje

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Friday, 23 November 2012
R&S Records
James Blake, Space Dimension Controller, Lone, Pariah

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Saturday, 24 November 2012
Non Plus x Workshop
Boddika, Skudge, Joy Orbison, Loefah, Kassem Mosse

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Saturday, 15 December 2012
Bugged Out Pres. Night Slugs
Bok Bok, L Vis 1990, Jam City, Soundstream

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Monday, 31 December 2012
Border Community NYE
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Tuesday, 01 January 2013
Electric Minds x Aus/Simple NYD Party
Mosca, Levon Vincent, Will Saul

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