Jakk’d, HAWD HITTA, NoBueno, And $ON-$HINE Drop Thrilling House Heater, ‘CHECK THIS OUT’ [Interview]

Posted by on May 10, 2023

Showing out for the underground LA house circuit, HAWD HITTA, NoBueno, Jakk’d, and $ON-$HINE are shaking things up with their new joint single, “CHECK THIS OUT”. The song is a rollercoaster ride of energetic sound design, from crisp snare rolls to trumpeting horns. Complementing the instrumental, an invigorating vocal sample is layered throughout to keep listeners fully engaged. Ushering in a new age of unique house, “CHECK THIS OUT” will make you want to rage until the sun rises.

One of the special things about this release is that the collective who made it has become a tight-knit squad over the years. Meeting each other while on their musical journeys, they all share a deep passion for making house music and shredding it on the decks. Their individual styles are what have led to “CHECK THIS OUT” being a genre-blending anthem.

Marking the first release for HAWD HITTA since September, this techy banger is sure to be followed by many more. The DJ-producer is gearing up for his US cross-country tour, which is sure to feature the likes of Jakk’d, NoBueno, and $ON-$HINE. Be on the lookout for these artists as they climb their way to the top of the electronic scene.

Check out the exclusive interview with those who were involved on the track below.

Exclusive Interview

What is the most important thing each of you has learned over the course of your music career?

NoBueno: “Family is everything, consistency and working on your craft everyday. Being a student of the work.”

HAWD HITTA: “Putting Jesus first was the best thing I’ve done for my music career”

Jakk’d: To stay ahead of the curve of the evolving music business side of your music career. We started Jakk’d before streaming music was as big as it is. When Soundcloud, iTunes, and Beatport charts were the powerhouses of getting your music. Now it’s important more than ever to know the marketing side, social media, etc. etc.

$on-$hine: 10,000 hours of work, and a lot of discipline is what I’ve found to apply not just in music but in other aspects of life

Why do you guys think the trumpets and drums layer together so seamlessly in “CHECK THIS OUT”?

$on-$hine: “With the original version of the song, the trumpet sound was more of a vocal chop. It wasn’t matching up to the rhythm of the kick and the bass, like most tech house tracks and for more at least, it wasn’t translating well. The transitions were funky, the overall sound a little muddy, and I wasn’t feeling the original. I wanted to bring an element that was different, but also hit me in my roots, so I figured I would bring a splash of the funk house vibe to the table. Vjay from Jakk’d pulled up the trumpet layer, and it became game over once we had it click within the first few minutes of arranging it during one of those early sessions, the rest of the pieces of the puzzle came together nicely after that.

What production techniques were used to construct the second buildup?

HAWD HITTA: “We had the vocal going crazy, created some tension with it, and Max and Vjay really got it sounding nice with the vocal effects”

NoBueno: “It sounds good with the vocal chops, and having done the live drum fill by myself was something I feel is not often done”

Why is it common for the second buildup, specifically in a house track, to deliver even more anticipation and energy in the first? As a group, what was your intended effect on the listeners?

Jakk’d: “Our idea behind the second drop having more energy comes from thinking like a DJ at that point, with no limitations, post EQing etc will take care of the rest. The anticipation and energy allows the listener to experience a new feeling compared to the first drop’s expectations”

What are you guys most looking forward to in regard to your “CHECK THIS OUT” release party?

HAWD HITTA: “We were very excited to get our friends together to celebrate the release and our accomplishments together. It was great seeing old and new faces there and we had a blast being able to DJ together as well. Twin Diplomacy was our secret headliner tonight and we can’t thank them enough. Beyond Relations

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