Australian DJ/Producer Hook N Sling Has Big Plans In The Future [Interview]
Electric Zoo 2014 proved to hold a wide array of artists, including the Australian DJ/producer Hook N Sling. Predominantly identified by his major vocal infused house anthems "We're All No One" with esteemed female duo Nervo and "Take You Higher" with Goodwill, Hook N Sling has most recently carried on with producing mega-dance tracks such as his latest remix of Lana Del Rey's "Ultraviolence." The producer recently moved to New York City to further extend his career as a DJ. He sat down with EDM.com on the first day of Electric Zoo to talk about his upcoming plans.
EDM.com: Let’s talk about your new remix of Lana Del Rey's “Ultraviolence.” Why did you choose that particular record out of all of hers to remix?
Hook N Sling: It was the first single off the album and I was asked to remix the record. I unfortunately did not have the luxury of picking which track I could remix but I’m very happy with how it turned out.
EDM.com: In the past, you’ve collaborated with and remixed the work of Nervo. Do you see yourself collaborating with them again in the future?
Hook N Sling: Yeah, definitely. We just have to have the right track, I think. But we’ve spoken about working together again and they’re really cool. I did a remix of “We’re All No One” which was very successful, still one of my greatest remixes so far.
EDM.com: What track would you consider your break out track?
Hook N Sling: Over here it would probably be “Take You Higher," a collaboration with Goodwill. That was released in 2012 and on the radio, Sirius XM and BPM played it like three times a day.
EDM.com: You’re set to play Insomniac’s Nocturnal Wonderland. What are you most looking forward to?
Hook N Sling: Well, I’m playing at the Labyrinth Stage alongside some huge names such as Bingo Players, Nicky Romero, R3hab, and more. It should be a lot of fun and the theme of the festival is pretty intense so I’m excited for that.
EDM.com: On that note, what has been your favorite venue you’ve played this year thus far?
Hook N Sling: I’ve been playing a lot of club events in Los Angeles such as Create. I’d definitely say that club shows have a very different atmosphere than playing at festivals such as Electric Zoo. I’ll leave it at that with saying Create in LA has been one of my favorite venues.
EDM.com: Can you tell us about any upcoming releases you’ve been working on?
Hook N Sling: Yeah, I can. The Lana remix is coming out in a few weeks on Armada Records. In October, “Toyko By Night” is coming out. I’ve got another record coming out in November through Sander Van Doorn’s record label. And I’ve got one more coming out in December, I think, but I’m not too sure yet. I’ve got like four or five things coming out by the end of the year, I’m really excited about it.
EDM.com: Lastly, how did you feel performing at Electric Zoo’s main stage earlier today?
Hook N Sling: It was so great, I loved it. The energy was awesome and playing the main stage is always fun. I’ve been looking forward to Electric Zoo and I’m happy with the set.