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CAN YOU TAKE US BACK TO THE MOMENT WHEN HYDERDAZE FIRST CAME TO BE? WHAT WAS THE INITIAL SPARK THAT BROUGHT YOU TWO TOGETHER, AND HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO CREATE ELECTROCLASH MUSIC AS A DUO?


Sarosh: Bryan and I grew up playing music in the scene together and through our love for music, we became best friends. We had always talked about making music together but the opportunity never really presented itself until earlier this year. 


The conversation sparked up, and were both inspired by the electroclash scene of the early 2000s, so we decided to dive into that sound for this project. 




Hyderdaze By: Hunter Anderson
Photography By: Hunter Anderson



BOTH LA AND NYC ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR DISTINCT CREATIVE SCENES AND INFLUENCES. HOW DO YOU INDIVIDUALLY CONNECT WITH AND DRAW INSPIRATION FROM THESE CITIES, AND HOW DOES THAT COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE SHAPE THE UNIQUE SOUND OF HYDERDAZE?


Sarosh: I think being inspired by LA is more of a subconscious thing for me than it is conscious.


Obviously, sonically, I’m inspired by the electroclash scene that was happening in NY in the early 2000s and I love the resurgence of that sound that is happening today, but having grown up in LA, I guess I inherently add this laid-back feel to the songs when producing, while making them also sound chaotic and dance-y. My friend Julia recently described our sound as “sneaky” and I think she nailed it haha. 


Bryan: Though not originally from New York, I’ve only been living in Brooklyn for a few years. 


However, being in the unique position that is living through the resurgence of electroclash in New York City today has truly inspired certain elements that help mold our sound. 


These elements are really just inspired emotions that stem from moments and late nights here in the city - walking into random DJ sets by NYC’s own The Dare and stumbling into bars blasting tunes from artists such as New York, Club Eat, Frost Children, and the like. It’s the energy that truly inspires. 



"SOCIAL SUICIDE" IS YOUR LATEST SINGLE. CAN YOU DELVE DEEPER INTO THE INSPIRATION BEHIND BOTH THE SONG'S LYRICS AND THE DECISION TO NAME IT "SOCIAL SUICIDE"? 


Sarosh: Social suicide is about how I was feeling like an outcast in my life at the time that I wrote it. I felt like a lot of my opinions and views were changing and they were becoming different from a lot of the people I was surrounded by.


It’s also written from the perspective of two realities. Real life and what I felt like was a “virtual reality” or the internet. Going on Twitter and seeing so many people argue over trivial things that didn’t seem to matter in the real world or all of the misinformation that was being spread online, made me feel extremely apathetic. But when I would interact with people in real life I would realize that that’s the difference between real life and virtual reality. 


Only thing is, most people including myself, are consumed by this virtual reality 80% of the time so it gets really scary for me sometimes. It feels like I’m in the movie Inception haha. 




Photography By: Hunter Anderson
Photography By: Hunter Anderson



CAN YOU SHARE WHAT YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS LOOKED LIKE FOR THIS TRACK? 


Sarosh: I just got extremely high and started messing with synth sounds that I thought sounded cool and once I had the initial bass line for the song, I grabbed my mic and started belting into it and one of the things that came out off rip was “social suicide” and I thought it was perfect for how I was feeling in that moment. From there I sent the song over to Bryan for him to add his touch - much like the rest of our tracks. 


Bryan: What that fool above me said - he just got baked, called me, and told me he had something that sounds “sick” and sent the demo over to me to add my personal touch. 


Most of our writing process is like this since we’re on opposite ends of the country. Social Suicide was definitely “sick” and is absolutely my favorite track off of our upcoming EP haha.



ELECTROCLASH EXPERIENCED A PERIOD OF PROMINENCE IN THE PAST, AND NOW IT’S RAPIDLY EXPERIENCING A RESURGENCE. HOW DO YOU FEEL THE GENRE HAS EVOLVED OVER TIME, AND WHAT ASPECTS OF IT DO YOU FIND PARTICULARLY RESONANT WITH YOUR MUSICAL VISION?


Sarosh: I feel like the resurgence happened musically, right around the time “hyperpop” music was having a moment, or was on the tail end of its moment. So, to me, a lot of the artists/bands that are in this electroclash revival are drawing inspiration from the bands that pioneered this sound while also adding influence from hyperpop music which makes it sound more “current”.  


We like to use mostly analog gear for our sound, I like the idea of tweaking sounds by hand and creating something new with the limitations an analog synth comes with. It’s challenging and also torture, I kinda enjoy that haha. 


I think the resurgence of this sound makes total sense though in the current cultural climate.


The original wave happened post 9-11, when everyone living through that thought their world was ending so naturally, they turned to fun music and partying as an escape...


For our generation, it was Covid. We lost 2-3 years of our lives to this pandemic, not knowing if we would recover or when. Some of us were in our early 20’s which is supposed to be such a fun and exciting time. Coming out of that, I think everyone wants to turn to fun music and partying as well. 


We want to indulge in everything we almost lost. 


Bryan: In my perspective, the Electroclash genre has evolved in such an obvious, yet relatable way, in where sonic elements from the late 90’s and early 2000’s have inevitably blended with modern day musical production - meshing sharp new techniques, while pushing the envelope and continuously experimenting with new sounds. 


This mesh of old and new has helped produce the excitingly familiar, yet new electronic sound we have in the scene today. I was always and still am such a huge fan of the classic blending of synth-pop and punk elements that came from the previous era of electroclash, that I think we as a duo are continuously trying to integrate similar dance and alternative elements through our production approach and sound today. 




Photography By: Hunter Anderson
Photography By: Hunter Anderson



LOOKING FORWARD, WHAT DIRECTION DO YOU SEE THE ELECTROCLASH GENRE HEADING, AND HOW DO YOU ENVISION HYDERDAZE CONTRIBUTING TO ITS CONTINUED GROWTH AND EVOLUTION? 


Sarosh: I think it’s only going to get more popular. I think we’re at the very beginning of this resurgence and I’m super excited for it. Seeing bands and artists like The Hellp or The Dare get signed to these major labels is really inspiring and it’s cool that the culture of music is shifting again. I’m hopeful that hyderdaze will make an impact on the shift. At the end of the day, I just want to move people. 


Whether it’s physically or emotionally, ideally both… at the same time haha. 


Bryan: This resurgence of electroclash isn’t seeming to slow down, and I believe it will surely continue having bigger moments moving forward. The modern take on this genre is truly exciting to be around and to be a part of.


I can only hope that our enthusiasm and appreciation for the music and its scene will help us continue contributing new tunes for all to consume and dance to. 


As Sarosh said, “I just want to move people. Whether it’s physically or emotionally, ideally both… at the same time”. 



BEYOND "SOCIAL SUICIDE," CAN YOU GIVE US A SNEAK PEEK INTO ANY OTHER UPCOMING PROJECTS OR EXCITING VENTURES? 


We’re releasing a music video for social suicide soon. 


We’re very excited for the visual accompaniment. After that, we’re gonna continue to release our debut EP titled “No Life to Live” through singles. 


We’re planning LA and NYC shows for the EP release in October and then we’re gonna start getting ready to play more actively next year. 



FINALLY, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD OR A MESSAGE THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH HYSTERIA READERS? 


Thank you Hysteria for taking the time to get to know us! To anyone reading this, stream us, follow us, and book us to play your mom’s house<3

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