Following a decade of producing and DJing as Hrdvsion, Nathan Jonson steps out under his birth name to mark a new stage in his career.
When you have explored as many styles as Hrdvsion did - everything from beatless, ambient tracks to rugged club cuts or pop bootlegs - there isn’t so much new ground to break. The switch of alias isn’t about doing something different but just about being open, honest and direct.
That said, with time Jonson’s need to challenge the norm has eased and his boundlessly experimental streak has become more focused. His impressive discography, spread across labels such as Wagon Repair, Balkan Recordings, Rinse and International Deejay Gigolo, hints at a producer who has valued diversity above all. His records have long been turned to by DJs right across the board, always guaranteeing them a striking and unusual sound. Now, without the pressure to surprise and re-invent, Jonson can go deeper into his craft and pinpoint what it is that linked his output over the years.
Whilst it will take some time for the new path to fully manifest, a quality EP on long-running Berlin imprint Areal has set the ball rolling. Nathan also has a remix of his brother Mathew Jonson’s classic ‘Decompression’ slated for release, a sample-heavy, jungle-inspired version that dispels any worries his individualism and flair ended with Hrdvsion. Further down the line is a live set and what else, only Nathan knows.