An Interview With New York's Own Horizon Wireless
Horizon Wireless is one of the most well known DJs/Producers in the more underground music scene of New York City. From techno fans to jam-band fans, people have heard his name and seen him throw down sets at numerous venues over the years. Besides performing, he has also helped put together and promote a ton of shows in the New York area. After opening up for the Disco Biscuits at the Theatre of Madison Square Garden in 2013, his fan base has been consistently growing. After recently adding drummer D.s. Lyons from Solaris to his live show, Horizon Wireless plans on showing the scene just how special he is. If you're in the northeast, be sure to stay on the lookout for a show near you. This is a not a dance party that you'd want to miss, trust me.
ZF: When did you start performing as Horizon Wireless?
HW: The last band I was in disbanded in late 2009, and I started playing solo under the name Cheshire. Horizon Wireless was born shortly thereafter sometime in early 2010.
ZF: Do you have a musical background? Do you play any instruments?
HW: Yeah I started with piano and clarinet when I was younger. I played tenor sax in school and jazz band throughout my teen years. I started playing drums when I was about 13, and that became my main instrument in life. I can play some bass and guitar too, but I'm not that great... I know enough to jam and write songs, which is helpful.
ZF: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
HW: Hmm, well… there are way too many to list. Elvis, The Four Tops, The Supremes, The Beach Boys, and The Four Seasons are my foundation… as I grew up on mostly oldies. The Jock Jams album that acted as the soundtrack to my minivan rides to soccer practice probably influenced what I do now as well. When I moved to Long Island as a teenager I got into Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is, The Starting Line, Head Automatic, Men Women and Children, and all those guys. When I went to school up in New Paltz (although I had briefly been introduced to some of these guys beforehand) it was all Infected Mushroom, Shpongle, Lotus, The New Deal, STS9, and eventually - The Disco Biscuits. Part of what spawned Horizon Wireless were musical influences like Lukas Greenberg, Hedflux, Rishi K., Specimen A, Neelix, Gabriel Evoke, and just a ton of producers who ranged from lounge type tech stuff up through progressive psy-trance and breaks.
ZF: What are your favorite genres to spin?
HW: I don't really have a favorite genre to spin, I like to play the field during my sets and really move across as much as dance music has to offer. If I had to choose, I suppose, ‘tech-funk’ would best describe my favorite genre since it encompasses so many different styles, and acts as a rather large umbrella for the type of stuff I play.
ZF: As a DJ, what are some of your favorite venues to play?
HW: Different spots are awesome for different reasons. Cielo is fun because of the Funktion One, The Capitol Theatre is just gorgeous, The Theatre at MSG was awesome just because of where it is and what it represents as a NYC musician, and Irving Plaza was one of the most fun shows I've ever played. Brooklyn Bowl feels like home since I've played there a bunch over the years, and it's where I played my first big show. The shitty ass basement of The Delancey is where I got my start in NYC, and I'll still go play there occasionally because I really do love it.
ZF: What festivals have you played at in the past? What festivals are you playing at in the future?
HW: In the past, I’ve done Camp Bisco, Gathering of the Vibes, Catskill Chill, Uphoria, Rock the Resort, Lespeshtival, Heads in Harmony, Autumnation, Mint Green, and a ton of other smaller ones... this year we're adding Disc Jam and Purple Pig into the mix which will most definitely be fun.
ZF: Is there anything special about any upcoming shows?
HW: We're playing with The New Deal at Brooklyn Bowl on Friday May 29th. This will be cool because it'll be our first time back at the Bowl in 5 years, and The New Deal was the first "electronic band" I ever went to go see when I was younger. We have hit a really cool stride with what we're doing musically right now, the energy has been unbelievable, so really anything coming up right now is going to be VERY special... especially Camp Bisco.
ZF: What bands or artists do you think are going to stand out this summer?
HW: Honestly as of this past year I have been a little out of the loop when it comes to the "scene" acts so I'm not really sure. I used to have my ear to the ground when I was a full time promoter/producer. The last time I was asked a question like this, my answers were guys like Zoogma, Dopapod, and Papadosio... so that'll give you an idea of how outdated I feel right now haha. Some names that I hear coming up are Teddy Midnight, Chromatropic, and G-Nome Project.
ZF: What are your main goals that you’d like to accomplish as Horizon Wireless?
HW: To do the first Andromedan based live podcast that reaches Pladeian, Arcturian, and Sirian listeners simultaneously; and to help connect and bring about peace amongst all galactic beings... whether reptilian, humanoid, or other.