Haraket

New south London five-piece Haraket are a sign of the times - unafraid to hop over traditional musical boundaries, they bear all the hallmarks of the iPod generation. Their restless approach to songwriting has seen them flirt with the all-encompassing post-dubstep sound, while trip-hop and indie elements lend an untreated warmth to their work. We speak to songwriter/producer Ojan ahead of their slot at Sydenham Arts Festival this weekend to find out more...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 10 Jul 2013
  • min read
New south London five-piece Haraket are a sign of the times - unafraid to hop over traditional musical boundaries, they bear all the hallmarks of the iPod generation.

Through a handful of online releases and a vinyl EP for Melodica Recordings, they have consistently worn their tastes on their sleeves, switching genres at the drop of a beat.

Their restless approach to songwriting has seen them flirt with the all-encompassing post-dubstep sound, while trip-hop and indie elements lend an untreated warmth to their work.

From Abigail Hardiman’s stripped back songwriting to Ojan’s glitchy production, everyone in the band is hard at work to find a space within each song.

Part studio act, part live band, they layer up intricate guitar, key and trumpet parts against an electronic landscape to build a unique wall of noise.

Their latest EP Taint/Attgo features remixes from upcoming producers Djrum and Jamie Isaac, while their pal King Krule also puts in an appearance. The single was supported by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, Stuart Maconie and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music and John Kennedy on XFM, as well as blogs including The Quietus and Line Of Best Fit.

They have built up a sizeable live following this year, having featured at the Brainchild festival and supported eighties icons Visage. They play Syndenham Arts Festival this weekend followed by Catch, Shoreditch, on 25 July.

Here we catch up with Ojan to hear more about the band’s influences and songwriting…

We first started writing music because…
I had an idea of starting an instrumental electronic-based project with no particular direction to start with. I got in touch with Ed and we had a few jams. Since then we’ve expanded to become a full band.

We have been making music since…
The summer of 2011 as an instrumental two piece. It soon became a three piece when we got a gig offer and needed to expand the live sound! We gigged with this set up for a while and decided we wanted to expand even more by getting a vocalist and another multi-instrumentalist. Since then, two more members joined: Wilf, the trumpeter, bassist and keys player, and Abi, our lead vocalist.

Our music is…
Our songs usually start as a basic loop. We all contribute ideas until we find something that works. Sometimes dark, sometimes uplifting, an example of this process is best reflected on our debut single.

You'll like us if you listen to...
Artists like Portishead, Tortoise, Trentemøller. We’ve also been compared to Underworld? When making music, we don't tend to think about a target audience, we just try and write songs as best as we can.

Our favourite venue is…
Lè Craig in Newcastle; great venue, great guys.

Music is important because…
It brings people together and can build the most unlikely friendships.

Our biggest inspiration is…
We each have a very broad spectrum of music that we listen to so it's difficult to pinpoint a main source of inspiration for the whole band.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Probably Aphex Twin.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Taint, our latest single.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Trying to make music!

In 10 years time we want to be...
Ten years older.

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