Joe Jarvis AKA Hyasynthe, musician and DJ
Hi Joe, how’s things?
Yo, yo! Really good man, thanks.
You’ve just released your latest single N-1. It’s got touches of some of the electronic music of the 90s and early 2000s. How would you describe the music you make?
My music’s a bit all over the place to be honest. Classic, feel good house would be what I’d describe it as. Early Daft Punk, Le Knight Club and the whole Crydamoure/French touch scene got me hooked on making this sort of dance music. So its always a point of reference for me to go back and listen to. But recently I’ve been listening to a lot more electro and breakbeat stuff which I feel is quite apparent in N-1. My parents also both have an incredible taste in music. My dad especially put me on to a lot of old soul, funk and reggae records. He’s my go to if I need sample inspiration.
When did you first start making music?
I’ve played the guitar and been in bands since I was about 10. When I left school I bought my first laptop and put Fruity Loops on it and tried making grime and dubstep beats. Fast forward a couple years and thankfully my taste had matured a bit. It must have been about mid-2015 when I met Ali Tremlett (now one of my best mates and also part of the Mutual Trust crew) at my local skatepark. We got along like a house on fire and hung out quite a lot. Eventually it came out that he DJ’ed and that I was producing. He convinced me to try and make house music which was a bit daunting to start with as I’d never even thought about trying dance music. It was pretty atrocious in the beginning but eventually I made a tune called ‘Devotion’ which sampled Earth, Wind and Fire. I sent it to him and he really liked it and ended up playing it out which at the time for me was nuts. That was the point I was, like, ‘I should probably keep going at this’.