Crossing to the Dark Side: Australian Producer EDDIE Drops Nasty EP, Onzeker Kraft Vol. I
After touring across America last year, and the release of his long-awaited EP, Onzeker Kraft Vol. 1, Australian EDM producer Edwin Beganovic, better known as EDDIE, is skyrocketing to the top with no signs of fizzling out.
The 26-year-old Melbourne-native dropped Onzeker Kraft Vol. 1 on March 17, and it’s an industrial and bass-heavy experience from beginning to end, featuring “Incubator,” the EP’s debut hit, and “Post-Rave Heist” with Canada’s DJ LŪN.
Onzeker Kraft is also EDDIE’s first release under HypnoVizion, the new and fiery label ran by Isabelle Rezazadeh, aka REZZ, who took EDDIE under her wing as an opener for her 2022 American tour, including REZZ ROCKS IV at the renowned Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
“My Red Rocks performance was the first show where I started shifting gears towards bass,” EDDIE said to MP3 MAG. “I normally play electro-house in my sets, but this was the first time playing bass where the BPMs were changing completely — from 85 to 105 — even up to 128. I got to see what I enjoy playing live and what fans enjoy live, as well. That always changes through time anyway. For now, the direction I’ve taken is definitely more what my meets my vision.”
While heavy bass is new territory for EDDIE, he’s loving every minute of it and the fact that he’s not restricting himself to a certain tempo or sound. He knows he’ll get nothing done if he does.
“There’s always a bit of that pressure, but it doesn’t bother me,” he said, “[But] when I relax and make whatever I want, songs come out that I really like and enjoy.” One of those songs is “No Tomorrow,” the first track off of Onzeker Kraft, featuring The Arcturians vocalist Alicia Gregori.
“I’m excited to see what people think of that one because that has more of a story, and a melodic intro with the vocals, and it’s quite emotional,” EDDIE said, referring to the dark synths at the beginning compared to the deeper and darker bass drops that take over in the 1:50-mark.
EDDIE’s being modest about his music, old and new. Even at the start, he quickly caught the attention of popular EDM artists like ATLiens, Australia’s Dirty South and even deadmau5, who was the first to scoop him up for his mau5trap imprint before appearing on other iconic EDM labels like Monstercat and Deadbeats.
In the meantime, EDDIE is crossing touring destinations off his bucket list. After America, he’s moved on to manifesting a European tour, praying to the music gods that the beloved Printworks venue in London will be saved from closure before then.
“Don’t even get me started. I’ve never even been, and I’ve wanted to go so bad,” he cried. “But yeah, a massive goal of mine is to play in the UK and Europe, which is my favorite place. Everything about Europe, and the fact that you can just catch a train to anywhere you want to go. I go every year to visit my family.”
EDDIE’s family is from Serbia. And though he subconsciously credits Serbian music in the way he writes his chords, off and intentionally dissonant, EDDIE’s inspiration and loyalty lies with AC/DC and The Prodigy. He hopes to bring the same kind of chaotic energy these bands radiate into his own live sets.
Onzeker Kraft isn’t that far off. EDDIE may be following the footsteps of heavy bass artists like REZZ and beyond but with his own flare. That’s what matters to him, the freedom and flexibility to experiment with his music on his own agenda, and he’s thriving at it.
“The sound will be consistent in the sense that it’ll be harsh and heavy. It’ll be mean. I really like this energy. That’s what I want to perform right now, and it makes me feel good. The crowd loves it, too, so it’s really a win-win.”
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