You may not be aware of this (for obvious reasons) but Hayden Green is one of the firsts artists to have an agreement with Crazy Monk Records. The man has not had a single release on the label till now. Needless to say we are very excited to finally get Hayden Green on our catalog. So we had a chat with the man to get to know him better.
Q : Who is Hayden Green?
A: Hayden Green is more commonly known as Chris Pringle. Based in the North East of England in the UK. An old school house lover who has lived through house musics rise and prominence in the UK.
Q: Who would you say is/are your biggest influence/s?
A: Most of the early pioneers of house music such as Frankie Knuckles, Marshal Jefferson are obviously influences from the beginning then later Deep Dish, Danny Tenaglia and Derrick Carter amongst many others. I consider myself to be a music lover not just a house lover and can be influenced by music in any style or genre.
Q: When did you start making music?
A: I have always loved music and playing instruments, from way back at school playing clarinet, guitar and drums. It wasn’t long after house music burst into my life at the beginning of the 90’s that I began DJ ing and a couple of years later began dabbling with production.
Q: What are currently your main challenges as a Producer/ DJ?
A: Like all producers, the search for that perfect groove is the ultimate challenge as well as finding an edge to make you and your work stand out from the rest. The biggest challenge for me is to find enough time to make as much music as I want to and juggle that with my busy life and family.
Q: What are your views on the current state of the underground music scene?
The underground scene will always thrive and certainly in the UK there’ll always be a large group of people who shy away from the commercial side and demand more. There’s so much ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ stuff around these days. Tracks I have heard claiming to be deep house but are watered down EDM tunes in reality.
A: What kind of gear do you currently have in your studio?
Over the years I have used less and less hardware equipment and got to grips more and more with software and “In the box” style production. Computers and DAW’s are so powerful these days the results can be amazing if you learn the software you’re using properly. At the centre of things is my iMac running Ableton Live and Logic Pro X. M-Audio controller keyboard, Lexicon soundcard and my trusty NI Maschine. A couple of mics, nothing expensive and my Tannoy monitors which I could never part with.
Q: Is there a particular device/ plugin that influences your sound and you cannot work without?
A: Not so much plug in although Ive always been a fan of NI’s Massive and my workflow always seems to run smoothly using Ableton live and Maschine.
Q: Tell us a little more about your upcoming EP. How long did it take and when it was done, did you already know which label was going to release it?
A: I’ve had a short break from releasing due to life getting in the way, so the Spheres EP is important for me because it means I am back where I want to be doing what I like most. It was written over a couple of months as I was working on other projects too.
Q: As an artist how do you define your own success or how will you know when you have made it?
A: Success for me is always others liking the music I make, thats always a buzz, anything else is a bonus.
Q: What more can we expect from you after this release? Any events, live performances?
A: I’m involved in a few different projects at the moment, too early to say anything about them but I will be spending plenty of time in the studio writing more Hayden Green tracks.