HITPOINT, the grime fanatic with a definitive, creative flair. The young and emerging producer has unleashed his talent in full-force onto the grime stomping ground- dishing up a notable discography of carefully crafted beats.
Ahead of what is set to be an exciting year for HITPOINT, we sat down with the flourishing beat-maker to gain an insight on the man himself, and what we can expect in the future.
It is great to be here interviewing you! To readers who may not be aware, who is HITPOINT and how did it all begin for you?
Thank you! My name is Luciano, I’m 23 years old and I’ve lived in Spain my whole life. My interest in making music actually started a long time ago – I remember making custom tracks in Guitar Hero around 2008/2009. I also made a couple songs on Mixcraft a few years after that. But what really kicked off this current journey was a time I was at my friend’s apartment, and 4 of the 6 of us there were either making beats or recording vocals. I downloaded FL Studio the moment I got home that night (I bought my copy shortly after!) and haven’t looked back since. That was almost 5 years ago now.
If you could define your sound in three words, what would they be and why?
Futuristic, dark and ambient. Most of my music is a direct reflection of the things that capture my imagination. Ever since I was young, I’ve been fascinated by the future, war and space. Visualizing scenarios or even entire storylines is a big part of my creative process, so it’s only natural that those things seep into my music. But anyone who has heard much of my music will know that for every track that fits that description, there’s another track that seems like the complete opposite. My last 3 projects are definitely a big departure from that. I’ll never stop making futuristic, dark and ambient music though!
It has been amazing to witness your work become more recognised recently, we have heard you feature on a lot of radio sets and freestyles over the past months- how has this impacted you and your brand?
It’s been incredible, honestly. By the end of last year I was losing a bit of faith in my strategy of just constantly releasing instrumental projects, but joining Twitter was an absolute game-changer. Having so many more eyes on me has led to a lot of opportunities, and a lot of radio plays! I massively appreciate anyone who has played a part in that. It’s given me such a big boost to just carry on with what I was already doing, and hopefully it’ll keep snowballing as time goes on.
Your brand-new 2-part EP ‘Rest Easy’ emerged recently, could you tell us more about it?
Sure! I made those tracks more than half a year ago, and 2 months apart. I just felt that after a string of dark projects, and the ‘Elephant’ EP which was quite energetic, I needed to put something out that was a bit more light-hearted.
We are loving the laid-back vibes you portray here! How did this sound come about? It is a complete contrast to HITPOINT grime!
So apart from vocal elements, I rarely ever use loops when producing my own music. Both of these tracks were actually built on loops that I had originally downloaded (among hundreds of others) to use with a friend of mine I collaborate with often. I stumbled upon them when I was making music alone at home. And being real instruments played by real people, the tracks obviously sound a bit more organic than my usual stuff! Apart from the drums and 808s, all I really did was time-stretch the loops and adjust their pitch, and in the case of Rest Easy, I added some chops and a switch up.
You mentioned that you live in Spain, how is your work received there?
It’s not really received at all to be honest! Up until very recently I didn’t have any friends that like Grime, and other people in the area tend to stop at artists like Stormzy, Skepta and AJ Tracey. While there’s nothing wrong with them (I like all three of them myself), the more underground styles are far less marketable here, especially on the instrumental side of things. But I was always aware of this even before I started producing, so it’s never been an actual issue for me. I just focus all my attention online and overseas.
If you had the chance to collaborate with any grime artist, who would it be and why?
I’m going to cheat a bit and say two: D Double E and Skepta. I feel like D Double E would perfectly encapsulate the energy I love witnessing on sets, Whereas Skepta could probably craft a more polished track while still retaining that Grime essence. Working with both on one track would be an absolute dream though!
What can we expect from HITPOINT in the coming months?
More short EPs, and not just Grime either! You can expect some Drum & Bass and some Garage too. I’ll be putting out tracks from last year before I finally start releasing the ones I’ve been making this year, probably by the end of Summer. You’ll also be seeing quite a few MCs releasing tracks produced by me. Big up the Grime Network for making that happen, and big up everyone who’s been following my journey this year. The love doesn’t go unnoticed!