I’ve been making music since the age of 15. I started off playing guitar in a punk band in grade 10, playing mostly Misfit, Ramones & Sex Pistol covers... got tired of playing other people’s music and decided then and there that I would drop the band and make my own music. So I picked up a drum machine and a Moog Opus 3, and a cheap Tascam 4-track tape recorder and started multitracking my own stuff. Back then it was goth/new wave/synth pop. I was a huge fan of Bauhaus, Swans, Cure, The Jesus and Mary Chain and the Sisters of Mercy... so naturally my music had those flavourings. I kept making music in this vein until 1998 when I graduated university and sold off my gear to pay down dept... and just being in a low inspirational period.
In 1997 and 1998 I started going to underground parties and really liked what I heard, although I stopped making music in 1998, the music I was listening to at the time would change what I focus on moving forward.
Fast forward to 2003, I got the itch to make music again and picked up a copy of Rebirth RB-338. As soon as a Sussed the software I realized... oh $hit... these instruments are what make the music I like. I used rebirth exclusively for about 9 months then moved onto Reason version 2.5 and used reason until 2009.
Two things happened to me in 2009 that made me change my focus and workflow.
- I saw a great live PA act at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, and new I wanted to keep making the music I’m making, but be able to perform it live.
- I watched the Daren Ager video “Memories of Detroit” and was introduced to the mighty groovebox
After experimenting with various midi controllers and Reason I finally decided to go the groovebox route, and picked up a machinedrum UW MK2, and have pretty much stuck with hardware ever since. My gear is always changing and rotating... but hardware is what makes me smile and allows me to produce the kind of techno I hear in my head.
Michael Hayward AKA Neon Horn
- Mackie 802VLZ4
- Roland TR-8
- Roland TB-3
- Roland SP-404sx
- N-ux Timecore
- Presonus Eris E5
- Custom sub-woofer (prototype)