Today we’ve got an exclusive interview AND brand new trap remix from Pittsburgh’s Zach Bombich AKA HyJax! Zach has been producing various forms of electronic music for years, but most recently moombahton and trap have been his genres of choice. Including a large amount of originals tracks and remixes throughout the past year, he and Sean 2:16 recently released their free EP entitled “28 Dabs Later“, which includes trap remixes of classic dubstep tunes.
How long have you been producing, and what motivated you to do so in the first place?
Thats a good question. I like to say I ‘officially’ started producing about 3 years ago, but it took me about 3 years prior to that of just learning how to do sound design and production. So roughly 6 years. My motivation came from hanging out with my brother who is 12 years older than me. He used to listen to trance and techno and the sounds, new to me at that time, blew my mind. I remember downloading my first mix from Kimball Collins and having that on repeat for hours. I have to give credit to my brother Nick completely for getting me into music, especially EDM.
You’ve mainly produced moombahton and trap up to this point – how would you go about describing your sound?
Have you ever heard an elephant while mating? That roar the male makes during orgasm. Thats my sound But no, i like to think of my sound as genre-bending bass driven music. I really love incorporating things into my music that most people wouldn’t think would work together. Sometimes it doesn’t work, but when it does, it gets the dance floor turnt the fuck up.
You’re from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – What’s the music scene like out there?
Our city is spoiled. We have so much talent here. Its a really underground scene. You can pick almost any day in this city and theres something going on in the EDM community. Ive been really lucky to play for most of the promoters around here and work with a lot of the artists and ill say confidently that theres so much potential in this place. We have Kastle who has made a huge name for himself, and other up and coming talent such as BUKU, Cynik Lethal, RSK, MOTI and so many more. This city could easily take over the world!
Something that always interests me about an artist is how they go about choosing their name – where did the name HyJax come from?
I used to go by XAQ (pronounced zack) back when I started making house and then changed to DëKa when I began producing Electro. Well, I got a nasty email from this company called DEKA™ and I made the name HyJax because I ‘hijacked the company name and degraded the appearance of their image’. It stuck, and I keep it to this day to spite them.
Do you have a history in music (playing the piano as a kid or something) or is producing electronic music the start of it for you?
I grew up in band actually. I played the drums for about 6 years and the sax for about 2. I started to really focus on electronic music in 8th grade and thats what led to me quitting band. I picked up taking music theory and piano classes in high school but that didn’t last too long.
Always interested in seeing what artists are working with – What DAW, synths, etc. do you produce with?
I have been using Logic for about 5 years now and I absolutely love it. I use the built in ES2 synth a lot alongside with the built in sampler ESX24. Those two are my arsenal. Ill give you the phattest drums out of that sampler.
Who would you say are your biggest influences musically?
Pretty much everyone. I listen to any music I can get my hands on and try to take elements from it all to inspire me. But people who have continuously impressed me would be Diplo, Riff Raff, Danny Brown, Sliink and Flosstradamus. Those cats are pushing boundaries on the daily.
If you could pick anyone to collaborate with, who would it be?
Psh… this is an easy one. DIPLO DIPLO DIPLO DIPLO DIPLO! That man is my biggest inspiration and he seems to bring the best out in everyone he works with. One day we will make a good polka swing toon together.
When you’re not in the studio producing, what do you generally find yourself up to?
Im always getting my studio grind on, at least 6-10 hours a day. But when I’m not melting my brain in front of a computer I like playing Halo 4. I don’t go out much unless its something music related. I don’t have friends
Your latest release with Sean 2:16 “28 Dabs Later” dropped about a month ago – what’s on the table for 2013/the future in general?
After that came out I decided to start hoarding my music and really concentrating on defining my sound and taking it to the next level. I have some remixes coming out in 2013 as well as my first official EP. Im really excited for this upcoming year and I hope I can turn some heads in my direction. But I have an early holiday gift for you today
Any advice for aspiring producers out there?
This is really cliche but its so true. DONT EVER STOP. If this is something you truly want to do, don’t ever stop doing it. Your passion will show in your music and people will catch on. Slowly, but as long as you stick with it and push yourself every day to become better than you were the day before, no one will be able to stop you!
Along with this interview, HyJax has provided us with his latest free release; a trap remix of “Skrillex’s Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites“!
Think you’ve had enough remixes of Skrillex’s “Scary Monster And Nice Sprites“? I thought so too, but today Zach Bombich AKA “HyJax” of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania renewed my faith that a good one could still be done.
We’ve got the exclusive release of HyJax’s trap remix of Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites – Give it a listen and check him out on Soundcloud, Facebook, and and Twitter if you’re feeling it!
HyJax, otherwise known as Zack Bombich, is among a surging wave of rising talent. Poised at the top of this influx, HyJax has released a veritable slew of dancefloor destroyers in his mere two years as a producer and DJ. Don’t be fooled though – music is certainly not new to this Pittsburgh native, he grew up a drummer and spent a great deal of time producing alongside hip-hop artists as well as R&B musicians locally. This however, couldn’t begin to sate his inherent, feral hunger for music. At the age of 18 Zack Bombich took up electronic production along with the moniker HyJax. Henceforth he committed himself to bass music, retaining a unique emphasis on the drums in his tracks. Drawing from a wide range of influences he’s begun to really craft who he is as an artist, and as he’s defined his sound he’s likewise begun to define a niche for himself in the electronic music community. His sets employ a diverse spectrum of genres; everywhere between hard electro, contemporary dubstep, and the trap music that’s begun to evolve onto the scene. You’d do well to keep your eyes out for his forthcoming releases as well as his inevitable innovation of dance music as he moves forward as a producer. There’s a special kind of focus that some DJ’s have for bringing something new to the table. It’s a rare spark held by the likes of Diplo, Wolfgang Gartner, Bassnectar, and SebastiAn. Zack Bombich can most definitely be counted among these game-changing producers as well, and it’s doubtless that the more he develops his own sound the more creativity he will invest in improving it in new ways.