For this week’s episode of the FMB mixtape series we welcome back original blog contributor and best mate Hammer to the dials. Surprisingly, we’ve never had a 100% pure Hammer mix up on the blog, so it’s about time! As usual, we asked a bit about the selection & what he’s been up to lately…
Life has certainly been given a new perspective recently… I’m currently locked down in Scotland. I’ve been keeping myself busy producing loads of new music, taking advantage of the wild Scottish surroundings and making lots of sound recordings too, which have been a great way to inspire new ideas. I’ve also been painting and working on my Hammer HIIT project, a proper sexy 80s style home workout vibe :)
I made the mix on Ableton, its currently all I have at the minute to do anything music related. I actually loved making it, as there was both functional and creative thinking involved. I recorded it in the living room at my girlfriend Alex’s house on the Isle of Arran.
It’s a workout mix! I’ve been making a wee series of Hammer HIIT workout videos, streaming them live on instagram and youtube. This current isolation is tough and I wanted to do something that would give people a bit of a laugh and some entertainment to everyone stuck in their homes. The workouts are raising money for the mental health charity, Mind In The City. It’s a cause very close to my heart and it really means a lot to me to do something to help, especially in these times were so many people are struggling.
For all the workouts I’ve made an original Italo track, plus a DJ mix. The the idea was to keep everything super fun and high energy to workout too, or have a wee dance about. This mix was made for of my Hard(CORE) session, it’s a high energy Italo workout, quite literally.
When life returns to normal, I’m going to have as much fun as possible, can’t wait to start DJing again and get back into my new studio to polish off all the stuff I’ve been working on. I also have a new disco edit coming out on my label, The Hammer Hits. Its called ‘Strong Enough’ and has a lovely remix on the flip by Mall Grab, can’t wait to get that out!
Watch Hammer HIIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLecUcfCdA0
Watch Hard(CORE): https://youtu.be/T5FqUQErFMM
Donate to Mind In the City: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hammerhiit