Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right England icon-chevron-right London icon-chevron-right Hudson Mohawke on happy hardcore, tattie scones and Kanye
Hudson Mohawke
© Tim Saccenti

Hudson Mohawke on happy hardcore, tattie scones and Kanye

Five things you need to know about the genre-blurring Glaswegian producer

By Tristan Parker
Advertising

Dance music genius Hudson Mohawke has stamped his mark on a generation. He’s worked with Kanye West, he’s one half of banger machine TNGHT (with Lunice) and he’s produced mindwarping solo work. Ahead of his second album, ‘Lantern’ – which is full of gleaming future-funk, otherworldly R&B and twisted hip hop – Tristan Parker finds out there’s much more to the quiet and considered Mohawke.

1. He hammers happy hardcore at raves in Glasgow.

‘It’s something I do occasionally with [fellow DJs] Rustie and Jackmaster. People look down their nose at that type of music, but we grew up with it and it’s fun to play. It’s not done ironically – it’s a refreshing thing to do.’

2. He yearns for Scotland’s culinary comforts.

‘I miss tattie scones, or potato scones as you call them in England. Also, when I moved to London I was disappointed to learn that Greggs here don’t have the same menu as in Scotland – you can’t get macaroni pies, which I really miss.’

3. He’s undertaken some inspired antics while drunk.

‘I tried to pass myself off as 2 Chainz’s manager at Coachella, but then got arrested for it. It worked briefly until I was cuffed and escorted off. Also, in Japan I stumbled into Stevie Wonder’s personal van and ended up sitting with him and his team before being escorted off again.’

4. His karaoke song isn’t what you’d expect.

‘Justin Timberlake – “My Love”. I can get a little falsetto going and hit some high notes.’

5. Lego helps him build-up to a live show.

‘When I do gigs, I’ll have a random box of Lego on the rider. I find it therapeutic. It’s something I’ve been doing since I was a kid.’

6. He gets fed up of people asking him for Kanye gossip. 

‘I might mention something off-the-cuff and then suddenly it’s a headline article, so I tend not to speak about that side of things. One misplaced phrase and it’s all over the internet. People want Kanye stories, but I give him his privacy, because I appreciate he’s operating on such a different level.’

Hudson Mohawke releases ‘Lantern’ on June 16.

Recommended

    You may also like

      Support Time Out

      We see you’re using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue is Time Out’s main source of income. The content you’re reading is made by independent, expert local journalists.

      Support Time Out directly today and help us champion the people and places which make the city tick. Cheers!

      Donate now
      Advertising