Twisted Wheel, Glasgow, Fri 28 Mar
As the world of music as we know it continues to fragment and more DIY genres bloom online, the idea that any musician can be defined as truly zeitgeist-grabbing slips further away. If we were to try and imagine such a character, though, perhaps he or she wouldn’t be a million miles from Hudson Mohawke.
‘I try not to say anything other than that I make hip hop,’ says the 22-year-old Glaswegian boy wonder. ‘I reference a lot of different music, but I make a real conscious effort not to fall into any particular pigeonhole. Being categorised is a real creativity killer for me.’ We’ll try to help out as much as we can there, while gently hinting to the reader that a Burroughsian cut-up experiment involving Timbaland, Kid 606 and Boards of Canada might reasonably be expected by anyone checking his music out. Hud Mo, as he calls himself, is unique and strikingly of his time, recently signing a deal with Warp Records while being booked to play a Method Man aftershow later this month.
Also a part of Glasgow’s LuckyMe creative collective and a regular at the School of Art’s Ballers Social Club, Mohawke’s origin story is a variation on punk’s ‘three chord’ aesthetic for the 21st century. ‘I got into making music when the Music game was released on the Playstation,’ he says, ‘then the follow-up, Music 2000, allowed you to take samples from audio CDs. So I started doing this with a lot of early 90s rave and jungle, and I think that’s where the random cut and paste element of my music stems from.’