Grant Hergenroeder, who goes by the name HYPERDAZE, just dropped an incredible, conscious expanding LP titled Mind. The 13 track project is the first studio album by the Maryland-based producer who takes his listeners on a journey inwards as he explores the deepest realms of the mind through sound. Mind is an album you’d expect from a seasoned vet, let alone a new producer, but HYPERDAZE makes it look easy. While it’s clear he draws inspiration from artists such as Flume, his sound is undoubtedly unique as he combines luscious emotional soundscapes with eccentric bass creating an unforgettable listening experience. It’s also impossible to box HYPERDAZE into one category as Mind is as much of an exploration through genres as it is consciousness.
The Daily Frequency had the opportunity to sit down with HYPERDAZE to discuss Mind, his plans for the future, and a whole lot more!
Check out the full interview below!
Congratulations on your new album, Mind! It’s such an impressive project, and I really love the concept. What drew you to explore the inner workings of the mind, such as dealing with love, loss, and triumph?
Thank you! I’m really happy you connected with it. I put a lot of time and effort into the project, so hearing things like this mean so much to me.
I had the idea for the concept in August when I was starting classes again. Being away from others gave me a lot of time to think and reflect in general. The main push for the idea was that I wanted to connect my most meaningful experiences with others. The title “Mind” stems from this concept.
Many upcoming producers release a single here and there, but you, on the other hand, were able to put together a full-length album. How does it feel to release such a massive record so early in your career?
I’m really happy. I view music purely as a way to share experiences and emotions – writing an album allows for so much more of this, I feel. The HYPERDAZE project has been evolving over the past year, but I thought it really needed a cohesive piece of work to set its direction – this album does that.
I love your sound. You’re able to hit on many different genres while still sounding original, which is no easy task. What’s your secret?
I really admire the way Flume was able to craft “Skin” and tried to apply some of his techniques. For example, when I wrote these tracks, I was constantly thinking about progression (within each song and from song to song). I tried to scale the energy level of each track (1-10) and have it flow (gradually build/fall). The way I see it is that when complex things get broken down into simpler problems, really cool things can happen.
You’ve been getting huge support from some big names in the scene. Alison Wonderland even played out your track Mind on her radio show. How does it feel to get recognition from some of the best artists/DJs in the game?
I feel very honored. I remember randomly doing a google search of myself and seeing that Alison’s radio show played had it and just feeling so happy. A lot of these artists and DJ’s are people I’ve looked up to for a very long time and words can’t express how crazy it feels.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
Flume and What So Not. Those two will always be my biggest inspirations.
Take us through your day in the studio. Do you have a specific routine, or is each day different?
I’d say each day is pretty different. I love getting out and about and writing in weird places. For example, I made “Scorch” on an airplane.
Take us back. How did you get into producing, and what drew you to electronic music in the first place?
When I was 14, I downloaded FL Studio and started making beats. I remember picking it up pretty quickly and searching everywhere for sounds and plugins (I actually destroyed a laptop doing this because of viruses). The hobby eventually grew into a passion, and now I’m constantly writing music.
Are there any genres outside of the electronic realm that have had a significant influence on your sound?
I grew up around a lot of rock music – definitely some influence there. Not a huge fan of the heavier stuff but more so bands like M83, Fun, Kings of Leon, MGMT, 311, and Arctic Monkeys. I have a lot of great memories attached to that genre of music, so I’d consider it a big influence.
What can fans expect from you as the year goes on?
I have a lot planned that I don’t want to talk too much about yet. I can say I really love high-tempo stuff at the moment. A lot more is coming, and I’m really excited.
Lastly, where you do you see yourself in 5 years?
Writing music, exploring life, and continuing to grow the HYPERDAZE project.
It is no secret that EDM was hit the hardest when Bonnaroo announced the 2021 official lineup. While about 60 percent of the original 2020 lineup stayed intact, some notable acts were removed without replacement, especially in the electronic realm. We lost Ganja White Night, Flume, Bassnectar (for numerous reasons), Rezz, Bonnie X Clyde, and tones and I. However, aside from not one headlining act, the electronic undercard runs deep. It may not look like it at first glance, but the more you go through the lineup, the more EDM heavy hitters you will find.
To be clear there are many reasons why EDM may not seem as strong as it did in previous years. As we all know, Covid hit live music especially hard. It’s not that Bonnaroo’s EDM scene is fizzing out but that it is just a strange year overall for the festival circuit. September is flooded with festivals trying to make a comeback, and each fest is fighting for a spot for each artist. On Labor Day Weekend alone, there are five major festivals, including Bonnaroo taking Place. Being that 4 of them are exclusively curated for EDM makes it even harder for Bonnaroo to book all the artists they would have wanted.
The good news for EDM and Bonnaroo fans is that despite everything, Bonnaroo was still able to book 35 electronic artists with a wide range of styles that know how to throw the fuck down. Bonnaroo’s EDM stage, The Other, has also been revamped with better production and lights for the best possible experience. Also, for the first time in Bonnaroo’s history, The Other will be going all night long, so look for secret sets and surprise b2bs. Mix that in with the Where in the Woods stage, and you have a ravers paradise!
Scroll through for your complete EDM guide to Bonnaroo!
Genre – Future Bass, Melodic Dubstep
If you love Illenium you will love Dabin, and not just because he’s the guitarist in Illenium’s Awake band. Dabin has been making a name for himself in the electronic scene with his electrifying live show, and euphoric melodic dubstep. Definitely a must-see act on Thursday night!
The Funk Hunters
Genre- Electronic, Dubstep, Soul, Disco, Funk
If a jam band went electronic The Funk Hunters would most definitely be it. Members Nick Middleton and Duncan Smith mix everything from dubstep to soul, and rock n roll creating a one of a kind future funk sound!
Genre- Dubstep, Bass, Hip-hop
To be Frank, He$h throws the fuck down. With a perfect mixture of southern hip-hop and heavy wubs, He$h is someone you headbangers won’t want to miss!
Genre – Dubstep, Bass, Hip-Hop
As one of rap star Pouya’s favorite producers Spock is another hard-hitting dubstep DJ with a hip-hop heavy sound. Expect his set to be dirty, grungy, and full of energy!
Genre- Experimental Bass
One of Wakaan’s brightest prodigies, Mize has been pushing the boundaries of bass music with his hypnotizing tripped-out sound. Be prepared for a spiritual experience once Mize takes the stage!
Genre- Melodic Bass, Future Bass, Trap
Taska Black is quickly rising to dance music stardom with his top-notch production and genre-defying sound. Expect his set to be full of warm melodies and festival anthems.
Zía has been making noise in the bass scene catching the attention of labels like Bassrush, Deadbeats, and Gravedance. Inspired by her love of metal and dubstep the Philly producer will have one of the heaviest high energy sets on Thursday!
Genre- Ambient, Trip-hop, Downtempo
Even if you are not a huge EDM fan don’t sleep on Tipper! Recognized for his visuals almost as much as his music, Tipper will take you on a spiritual journey!
Genre- Electronic, Indie-pop
Bringing back 80s nostalgia with a modern-day EDM twist, Big Wild knows how to throw a party. Don’t be surprised if he throws down one of the most fun sets at Bonnaroo!
Genre- House, Trap
Things will get weird in a good way once Troyboi hits The Other! Expect dirty trap mixed with bouncy electro-house beats!
Genre- Dubstep, Bass
If there is going to be any moshing at The Other it’s going to be during SVDDEN DEATH’s set! If you love heavy wubs and metal inspired dubstep don’t miss his epic bass-heavy show!
Genre-Dubstep, Melodic Bass
Bringing those intergalactic vibes to Bonnaroo, Lucii will bring you on a wild ride through outer space with trippy bass and other worldly wubs!
Since her emergence into the dance scene in 2018 Lp Giobbi has been quickly rising to become EDM’s next big star. Known for her feel-good house and deep bass her set is sure to light the dance floor on fire!
Genre- Bass, Dubstep, Trap
Not much is known about the masked extraterrestrial duo except for the fact that they go hard with filthy wubs and earthshaking bass!
Genre- House, Bass house
Already Bonnaroo Famous, Mija broke into the electronic scene with a surprise 6 a.m b2b with Skrillex at Bonnaroo in 2014. This time she’s back to throw down on The Other as one of EDM’s most electrifying house DJs!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
A heavier version of Tipper, Detox Unit will not only stimulate your senses but will have you getting down to filthy bass!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Glitch Hop
Another unknown Artist, Tripp St is rumored to be the alias of a big-time DJ/Producer, possibly even Liquid Stranger. Mysteriously coming out of nowhere Tripp St. has been taking the electronic scene by storm. Definitely, a must-see act at Bonnaroo if you love trippy experimental bass!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
NotLö will take you on a sonic adventure with her dark, low- end bass and celestial sound!
One of the most versatile artists in all of EDM, Seven Lions will have you headbanging, crying, singing, and falling in love all in one set!
Genre- Electronic, Synth Pop
Not necessarily classified as EDM but Sylvan Esso is definitely heavily influenced by electronic soundscapes. The fact that they are playing the super jam makes their set even more of a must-see!
Genre- Riddim, Dubstep, Bass
Subtronics will surely turn Bonnaroo into a frenzy with his hard-hitting face-melting dubstep and riddim! One of the hardest working producers in bass music this is a set you won’t want to miss. Just be cautious while head banging, you don’t want to break your neck!
Inspired by Korean indie rock, 90s hip-hop, and electronica, Yaeji has created a form of house music that is simply out of this world! With mellow vocals switching back and forth from English to Korean, and lo-fi house beats Yaeji’s set will be a party like no other!
Genre- Future bass, Future House, Trap
Playing everything from aggressive bangers to beautiful downtempo anthems Ekali’s set will have you lost in your feels while getting down at the same time!
Genre- Dubstep, Future Bass
If you combined Excision with Illenium you would get Wooli! The perfect balance of heavy dubstep with euphoric future bass!
Genre- House, Bass House
Whatever you do not sleep on Dr. Fresch! If anyone is coming with the heat and the weed it’s going to be this Canadian house legend who will absolutely set the dance floor ablaze!
Genre- Future Bass
Don’t be alarmed if you shed a tear during his emotionally heavy performance! With a knack for uplifting melodies and emotional soundscapes, William Black will having you hugging your friends and maybe even strangers mid-set!
Genre- Riddim, Dubstep
Don’t let her small size fool you! Level Up has a massive presence on stage and will rattle the earth below The Other with some of the hardest bass-driven dubstep there is!
A Bonnaroo favorite, DJ Mel always finds his way onto the Bonnaroo lineup! Also, as an electronic music vet DJ Mel’s sets are always a good ass time!
Genre- House, Bass House
Known for his high-energy, heavy-hitting house, Lick has gained support from the likes of Jauz, and Zeds Dead. Be prepared to jump and move your body once Lick takes the stage!
Genre- Progressive House, Electro House
A true EDM legend Deadma5 will be rocking Bonnaroo for the first time since 2015! Definitely a set you don’t want to miss!
Genre- Trap, Dubstep, Future Bass
Boombox Cartel just has a way of perfectly blending hip-hop elements with his bass-driven electronic sound! His sets are high energy, heavy, and uniquely creative! Another must-see Sunday act!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
Known for his wobbly dubstep Peekaboo thrives at mixing funky grooves with heavy wubs!
Genre- Dubstep, Experimental Bass
There is a high probability you will leave LSDream’s set with a new outlook on life! He will surely to take you on an extraterrestrial journey through the void but,we won’t say much more about his show! It’s better you wittness the greatness first hand. Without a doubt a must see act!
Genre- Experimental Bass, Dubstep
Another Wakaan prodigy Luzcid will rattle your soul with heavy bass and spiritual soundscapes!
Genre- House, Electro
Performing a live show rather than a DJ set Elderbrook plays the keyboard, sings, and mixes as his feel-good demeanor will have you movin’ and groovin’!
It’s 2020. If aliens are ever going to expose themselves, now would be the time. Over the summer, The New York Times reported that the Pentagon released a report where they admit that UFOs are real. They then squashed any doubt by later stating that by UFO, they mean a “craft, not of this world.” Amongst all of the craziness of 2020, this seemed to go unnoticed by the public. Then early this week, former Israeli space security chief says aliens not only exist, but there is an entire Galactic Federation that the United States knows about. According to Haim Eshed, extraterrestrial beings have a base deep under the crust of Mars. American astronauts are currently on the base, and aliens have been intervening with humanity for years, even de-escalating nuclear war. Eshed explained that the aliens don’t think humanity is ready to understand the existential truth of their existence. You can’t blame them. We’ve destroyed this planet and each other. How can we be prepared for aliens if we can’t even get along with our neighbor? But what if they do decide to come down from the stars? Will they destroy us like they do in the movies? Will they wipe us off the face of existence with a push of a single button? Plot twist! Aliens are peaceful and not only spiritual beings, but they’re all about the wubs. They are chill as fuck and just want to vibe. They come down from the mothership and ask for a playlist full of 10 dubstep bangers to cruise the milky way while they hotbox the ship. This is what we gave them.
Hello Human – Lsdream
Of course, we will start the playlist with Hello Human by Lsdream. As a human myself, I enjoy singing along but imagine rapping “Hello Human, Ew Your Planet is Gross” as an ET.
2. Space Boss- Liquid Stranger & Space Jesus
For the second song, we hit em with Space Boss as they sore out of our atmosphere. They’d probably start rolling up right about now.
3. Mind Tricks- Bassnectar Feat. Lafa Taylor
As the space weed starts to kick in Mind Tricks by necatar will surely blast them off into another dimension.
4. Jungle Juice – Ganja White Night & Liquid Stranger
Jungle Juice by Ganja seems like the perfect theme music for dodging asteroids and mini planets while traveling at lightspeed through the asteroid belt, aka the jungle of the milky way.
5. Wubbalubbadubdub- Jade Cicada
Assuming the aliens watch interdimensional television and love Rick and Morty as much as us humans Wubbalubbadubdub by Jade Cicada will have them vibing hard.
6. Expand the Universe- Lsdream
Soaring through the expanding universe while bumping Expand the Universe is a trip in its self.
7. Maintaining it All- Tiedye Ky
Tiedye Ky’s Maintaining it All will surely get the E.T’s heads knockin.
8. Alien Technology- Shlump
Wouldn’t be surprised if Alien Technology by Shlump is already on their playlist.
9. Me and You – Champagne Drip & Lucci
Me and You by Champagne Drip & Lucci will have every alien on board lost in their feelings.
10. Mercy Falls- Charlesthefirst
As the ETs start coming down from their trip and soar through the final constellations Mercy Falls by Charlesthefirst will surely chill them out with some lo fi wubs.