Artist Spotlight: Huda Hudia
Huda Hudia has been a veteran and pioneer of the Florida breakbeat scene for over 15 years. Originally hailing from Tampa, Florida he began his career in the early 90′s, graduated from the University of South Florida, and ran his highly successful record label, Kaleidoscope Records. I personally enjoyed opening for Huda in Florida and New Orleans on a few occasions in the mid-90′s. He has since found his home in Atlanta, Georgia where we caught up with him and talked about his beginnings and his current status as one of the country’s still highly booked DJs.
How did you get started playing and producing music?
I started playing piano with a small casio keyboard given to me when I was 10 years old. I started producing music after I graduated from college in 1996.
Lets talk about playing out live, where can I find you these days?
From all the local hot spots in Atlanta to out of town gigs from coast to coast. Check out my facebook postings with all my up coming events at www.facebook.com/hudahudia.
What type of plans do you have to tour in the future? For your recent projects?
I enjoy my gigs here in Atlanta. Currently, I go out of town 2-3 times per month. That’s enough for me.
What type of gear did use to get started, and what do you use now?
I had a Kurzweil sampler, Korg keyboard, midi timepiece, analogue mixer, and Cakewalk 3. Back then everything was analogue and all your sounds were from external keyboards and samplers. Plus, you had to sync everything via midi. I’d love to see someone using solely a computer for music production hook up 18 keyboards through one midi time piece and be able to control each keyboard via midi through their software. Then work on multiple projects on one analogue mixer. Making music is so much easier these days. I use my Sony DMX-R100, Motu soundcard, Midi timepiece, 8 of my favorite keyboards, Eventide Orville, TC Remote M6000, and multiple outboard filters and vocoders. I now use Ableton as my sequencer.
Where/Who do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from the almighty creator.
Describe your creative process.
Get off my ass and into the studio. Once I’m in, game on!
What advice would you give to up and coming artists, djs or producer/remixers?
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing at USF. I put 4 hard years into college while traveling the world DJ’ing. When I got out I chose DJ’ing, music production, and label owner as my profession. My point is people these days believe all they have to do is put DJ in front of their name and all of the sudden they are a DJ. My advice is for you to view this is a profession not just some glamour job. I could keep going on and on about advice, but first you’d have to buy me a pint of beer!
What artists are you excited about currently?
Mac Miller, Foster the People, Adele, OneRepublic, and other artists making a mark.
What kind of experience can we expect to have at your live show?
Depends on the show. Anything from mayhem to controlled mayhem.
What’s the most important meal of the day?
It’s definitely not breakfast. Breakfast being the most important meal of the day was actually conceived by Edward Bernay’s who was hired by the Pork industry to increase sales of pork. For me, the most important meal of the day is the one right before your gig. Why? If you plan to drink you better have some food in your stomach or else you’re getting a ride home and waking up with a hang over.
You can check out Huda Hudia all over the southeast and at his resident gigs at Opera, Via, Whiskey Blue, Whiskey Park, Tongue and Groove, and 5 Paces Inn. Click the links below for updates and music downloads, too. Until next time, happy gigs!