Having produced nearly 100 tracks in the past year, Frazer Graham (aka HaHaHa) is a dedicated producer, recording found sounds to create some of the phased melody lines that share something with the slick submerged DnB of LTJ Bukem. Manipulating the sound of snapping wood and dripping taps on some of the tracks on his Evil EP (available via Swimteam Records) has just been one of his approaches to a brand of house that takes some tighter ascending 8-bit synths on latest track Cyclops. His live performances involve a big bag of live percussion, re-edits, original productions, tight punchy bass drums and rattling toms.
His most recent project has been a collaboration with fellow Subcity cohort Raksha, a few tracks have already been leaked from an EP planned for release later this year. Even Subcity veteran Benny Boom has given his latest mixtape props on the Mixed Bizness blog.
Why did you start Swimteam Records?
Me and my friend Suezz, who I do Alpine Ski Champion with, wanted to start our own platform to release what we were recording, so we set it up and released Kingdom which was the first four songs we made together.
How do you approach your productions?
That track Leaky Submarine on my EP, took a couple of weeks. I was trying to limit myself at the time. All the songs were just recorded with a kick, high hat, cracking wood and water. A big influence of mine is Micachu and the Shapes, they have used the sounds of hoovers, that really influenced me. I don’t really like synthesizers, probably because I don’t really have a good one. I think it's kind of interesting using familiar sounds but making them sound a little bit different. Sampling them or make melodies of them to, I try not to do too much, I like minimal stuff. I like making it just to sound interesting.04:00 - 05:00