Talking Trolls and Gang Signs with Spag Heddy
*This interview was conducted by Chris Saliture*
Spag Heddy is one seriously fun dubstep producer and an all-around nice guy. After two months he just wrapped up his first US tour at Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas. Sensible Reason got a chance to sit down with him and discuss life away from home, the origins of his name, and Internet trolls.
Sensible Reason: This is your first US tour, correct?
Spag Heddy: Yeah, this whole year I’ve been touring the US. I’ve been going back and forth to the States. The first real professional and organized tour.
Is it living up to your expectations?
Spag Heddy: Yeah, of course. There’s no where in the world with a bigger market than in the US for dubstep.
This is your last show of the tour. Are you headed straight back home after this?
Spag Heddy: I’ll be headed back home Monday and then I’ll be coming back for Escape Psycho Circus on Halloween weekend and again for EDC Orlando, so it’s not done yet. There’s still going to be some really nice shows. I’ve been away from home a lot and I’m really trying to be home more, but I also need the shows to get somewhere. All the shows have been really amazing so far.
What do you miss about being at home?
Spag Heddy: My girl. We just moved into Barcelona in a new place. We are just starting to build up our life together and I make my music in my own environment. I don’t really produce while I’m on tour. I really need to be in my own environment with my girl and then I just produce like crazy and yeah, home sweet home. I really am a home sweet home guy.
What’s the biggest difference between playing shows back home and playing shows in the US?
Spag Heddy: Like I said the market here is way bigger. With tours here where I am headlining myself and there’s just locals playing, I still have a really good turnout whereas in Europe I don’t have as many fans. In Europe, there are only a few major cities that have really good dubstep parties. Here it’s a little more poppy. You have more of the EDM culture with the candy and the dancers.
Was there any particular highlight of this tour?
Spag Heddy: Oh, so many of them it’s hard to say. Beyond Wonderland was my first festival and my first time in daylight as well. It was interesting. [Life is Beautiful] was a huge highlight actually. Being in Las Vegas of all places on the same stage that Excision is going to play later, I’m proud to be here.
Are you spending any extra time in Las Vegas?
Spag Heddy: I just got in here today because I played a show yesterday. I’m staying here today and tomorrow. I’m seeing a bunch of cool acts. Like Excision and Snails I want to see tonight and J. Cole and as many more as I can.
[Our photographer walks over and begins taking our photo while we are chatting]
Spag Heddy: Oh you don’t like being in photos either?
I like photos, I just prefer to be taking the photos.
Spag Heddy: I’m the same. I like being behind the lens.
Throw up a peace sign or something. Give us your gang sign.
Spag Heddy: My gang sign? Oh shit! I should have a gang sign. Something like a spaghetti or a meatball.
So I’m curious where the name came from originally?
Spag Heddy: Just a joke really. In the time when I started, when I had my first release I didn’t have that name. I was just joking around with my roommates — [we] were all students, you know; eating lots of pasta. It was just cheap and easy. We were just kidding about DJ names like Spag Heddy which later I turned into Double D Spag Heddy and my roommate was going to be MC Roni. So we would be spaghetti and macaroni. That was the joke but then I just went on my own with the dubstep thing and just got stuck with the name. I mean I didn’t plan or expect anything with it.
Do you still like the name or do you feel stuck with it now?
Spag Heddy: I’ve had my moments but it’s so funny to see that I still get daily messages from people telling me “I’ve been a fan of yours for four years and I’m just now realizing what your name means,” and those kind of things are hella funny.
I didn’t get the name until the first time I said it out loud.
Spag Heddy: That’s how it is with lots of artists. You don’t realize their name until you say it and then you’re like hey, holy shit! So yeah that’s the joke man. It’s really silly but I would never want to have a serious name or anything. And I never really had a nickname so it kind of fits with me too I think. I’m just a little noodle and who doesn’t like spaghetti by the way? [Spag Heddy’s manager walks over to us and shows him a tweet saying the set he just played was prerecorded]
Spag Heddy: Prerecorded? Are they fucking crazy?! Oh my god. Is this really starting now? Is this going to happen?
How do you feel about criticism on social media?
Spag Heddy: It’s hilarious man. In the beginning it would sometimes affect me but the further you get you know people are just talking crap. Some people really know what they are talking about and are just giving their opinion and I respect that. Talking crap like this. Just trolling. It’s just funny.
Does it ever get to you?
Spag Heddy: I’d like to say that it never does but every now and then you’re like, “Ah fuck you, I’m going to prove you otherwise.” I think all producers have that. We are all like fuck those comments but I know that all of us are scrolling through them and reading them.
*This interview was conducted by Chris Saliture*