Beijing-based techno producer HWA (aka ELVIS.T) is releasing his first 12″ EP “Granular Line” on Ran Groove, the sub-label of Bejing’s Ran Music. This EP has 2 Deep Pulsating Techno tracks included as well as one Droning Ambient track produced using his customized modular synth system. As one of the leading figures in China’s techno music scene, HWA’s left-field experimental sound design, delicate poly rhythmic beat groove, dark and twisted massive soundscapes and the full hardware workflow, have earned him a reputation across China’s dance music scene. Granular Line is the crystallization of HWA’s persistent efforts on using the modular synth to produce techno music, it is the new envelope of his techno sound aesthetic.
HWA was born and grew up in Taipei and kicked off his DJ career in 1998 and soon started to produce his own music. He relocated to Beijing in 2006 and immediately became a part of China’s electronic music scene, which had just emerged a few years before and was on its fast-rising phase. HWA is considered a brute force in the promotion of techno music and culture in the country, he was the early co-founder of Beijing’s Lantern club, the most influential techno club in China’s capital, he was also the co-owner of Acupuncture Records, which is the only techno label in China back in the 00’s. In the past decade, he has played in the finest clubs and festivals in Europe, such as Tresor in Berlin and ADE festival in Amsterdam, as well as the top clubs in Toyko, Seoul, and Taipei, where Asian’s best dance music scene exists. In 2016, he appeared in China’s first ever Boiler Room event with his modular synth system, created the climax of that night and his live set was considered one of the best moments of Boiler Room China.
HWA has deeply embraced modular synthesis in recent years and it has become the centerpiece of his music production workflow and live performances. He attempts to explore randomized beat sequences and experimental sound design furthermore. He’s one of the initial members of The Modular Commune, a Beijing artist community focused on the use of modular synths, which has gained a lot of attention across the globe. Through his music work and live sets, HWA’s unique athletics and understanding of techno music made by machines, has become a unique label of his.