HYENAZ are passionate about electronic music and performance as a tool of socio-political transformation. They work primarily from field recordings that are shapeshifted into digital synthesizers and aural landscapes–jagged, lush and fit for the dance floor.
In their debut self-titled album, released on Records Ad Nauseam (LA) in 2014, the pair imagine themselves as transgender hyena-humanoids, scavenging on the edges of apocalypse, building bodies and identities from civilization’s detritus. In 2016 they released their second album on SPRINGSTOFF (Berlin), the mystical and fierce CRITICAL MAGIC 비평적 마술, in which chaos magic, critical theory and Korean cut/ups create an electronic dance album that ignites a singular cohesive spell. Their 2017 remix of Paula Temple’s GEGEN raised money for Berlin based asylum seekers and advocates.
Their instinct as artists is to give their ideas and visions expression in whatever medium calls, whether it be audio, video or movement. Thus, much of their materials are self created and directed, including their latest video for the track BINARIES, which was awarded at the Berlin Music Video Awards in 2017. They also develop the theatrical concepts and choreography for a team of movement artists who perform as interlocutors in their live performances. HYENAZ believe in skill sharing and have conducted workshops on electronic music production, field recording and open source software in a string of locations including Armenia, Ukraine and Germany.
They are now releasing a series of singles, including the forthcoming PROXIMITY as part of the transdisciplinary FOREIGN BODIES. This international project explores “bodies in motion and bodies in resistance”. Field recordings are gathered at refugee camps, detention centres, transit points, and intentional communities around the world, looking at the ways in which bodies move and collaborate in relation to, in resistance to, and despite management and control of their bodies/movement.
The live performance experience of HYENAZ is a wholly immersive journey into the raw power of the physical body, somatic practice, visionary costuming and digital art, which pushes their electronic soundscape into territory largely uncharted by other producers. They have performed twice at Berlin’s world famous techno mansion Berghain as part of Your Moms Agency’s Digital Art Meets Music series and have been energetically touring the world, from SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, to Garbicz Festival, Poland, to the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, to MIDI Festival Shanghai. HYENAZ have opened for Peaches who called them a “performance monster duo” in The Guardian, and were part of her curation at Sled Island Music and Arts Festival, Canada in 2016.
Most recently they scored the film “Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution” by Yony Leyser, and performed live at Melkweg in conjunction with its screening at International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.