A quick chat with the Beatport strikers Hadaddi von Engst

Back in the days, Haddadi Von Engst only put out white labels under an untitled guise, but never formal tracks on any electronic music label. During the rise of the pandemic everything changed, and HVE decided on five releases between 2020 and 2021. At the end of 2020, Haddadi Von Engst was formally introduced to the world via Canadian label You Plus One. They instantly made their mark on the Beatport charts with big impactful tracks accompanied by superstar remixers. Their first release “I Was Blind” featured a remix from Rodriguez Jr. and peaked on Beatport’s Melodic House & Techno Charts in the third position. Second release “Run” which includes a remix from Einmusik, quickly soared to the coveted number 1 position on the same chart, and also number 2 on Beatport’s overall Top 100 Tracks. We talked to the two artists about their new Bite Your Teeth EP and the music scene.

Rumour has it you’ve been in the business for a while. How long have you been around in the scene and when did you start your joint project?

Very trueee, we have been in the game since the late 90s, we talked about starting Haddadi Von Engst for many years, but made it official in 2020.

What do you think has changed in your musical style since the early days?
Everything, we went from jungle, drum and bass, and trip hop, all the way to, hardcore, trance, and house, typical rave roadmap.

Let’s go back in time – What was the first electronic music record you ever bought?

Dummy by Portishead changed everything.

And what’s your current production set-up?
Currently using Abelton, with midi keyboards, a bunch of plug-ins (Arturio, Serum, Kontakt etc.)

Which drink do you prefer in the studio and which when DJing?
The Big Ws (Whisky and Weed)

Where do you gather inspiration between music sessions?
Los Angeles, so many good artists and underground shows on any given night of the week.

And do you have a dream destination you’d like to visit as DJs one day?

What can we expect from Haddai von Engst during the upcoming months?
Four Releases this year under YouPlusOne, the first one coming out in March, we have lots of big things planned for 2022!


Haddadi von Engst – Bite Your Teeth EP