The Hydra launched in April 2012, evolving as a natural progression for DIY party scene pioneers electric minds alongside the creative programming forces behind London’s much-missed The End and Cable nightclubs. In 4 years the collective has grown to be synonymous with the electronic music scene’s most potent club brands, bringing the very best of underground music to London’s doorstep.
The Hydra’s mobility eventually guided them to Studio Spaces, Wapping where they have been in residence since 2013. In an era of increasingly rigid and authoritarian controls, they have defiantly advanced Studio Spaces into a bespoke, 3-room event space with a renowned state of the art Funktion One sound system. This ever-evolving space has played host to industry heavyweights such as Ostgut Ton, Innervisions, Blueprint, Ninja Tune, Bugged Out and Dekmantel, luring in artists and clubbers alike.
In addition to their own events The Hydra have curated festival stages at Dimensions, Lovebox and Bloc festivals. In the summer of 2015 they produced the 1st UK edition of Innervisions’ highly lauded Lost In A Moment party on Osea Island.
2016 for The Hydra will see them pursue improvements at the Studio as well as continuing to expand into new partnerships at home and abroad. Co-curating Junction 2 festival in summer 2016 with LWE is the latest announcement from the Hydra camp…
“For the inaugural event we felt it made sense to bring in some of our most-loved and respected ‘core’ Hydra artists. Artists we have been fortunate enough to share a relationship with over some time now. And for our money, some of the best artists on the planet.”
-What was the motivation to start The Hydra?
“Originally inspired by The Warehouse Project’s series of off-location events In Manchester, it very much felt like London needed something similar, but as one of the key territories globally for electronic music, something more challenging too…”
-What makes it different to other London night movements?
“A commitment to providing what we feel is the very best offering whether it be the artists, the venue/sound or the operation itself.”
-You’re now (how many?) years old. Talk us through the some of the previous highlights that have led to this point?
“This is our fifth year, so we’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few moments during that time. The Stubnitz after party with Dixon and Âme was quite something. Transforming the ‘church’ – ICAN studios in to a fully functioning club space for the very first time for Deviation’s 5th birthday w/ Moodymann, Hudson Mohawke, Dâm-Funk, Benji and co. was special. Our first collaboration with Dekmantel last year was pretty wild and our Ostgut Ton shows over the years are where it all began. We’ve had a lot of fun along the way…”