Renegade Riddims: HLZ
Emilio Dimitri aka HLZ grew up in Milan where alongside his crew Hertzquake managed to push Drum and Bass and became a big influence on the Milano music scene. Promoting parties with the likes of DJ Hype, Andy C, Roni Size and Commix to name a few. This is when, as he was then known, Hellraizer first got into the studio and it wasn’t long before he was DJing alongside some of the biggest names in Drum and Bass as a resident DJ at Pergola.
Keen to push his sound HLZ decided to move to London over 10 years ago and right away he started working on a number of tracks, generating great exposure for himself on the London scene. Over the years he has released on many of the top labels in Drum & Bass including Symmetry, Shogun, Playaz and Dispatch. Outside of the studio HLZ has DJ’ed at some of the top clubs around London and has become a regular crowd favourite. His style of Drum & Bass is very forward-thinking using menacing bass and rolling drums.
HLZ is no stranger to the Metalheadz camp, but in 2019 the Italian producer really made a mark on the label. His first release for Metalheadz was back in 2014. After a one year hiatus he started writing music again for prestigious labels like Dispatch and Integral. He quickly got back in the loop with Metalheadz thanks to the continuous support of Metalheadz and Dispatch label manager Ant TC1.
It didn’t take long to establish a strong connection with the Metalheadz label with Goldie supporting and nurturing him. The result was 2 EPs signed to the label and he was one of the few Drum and Bass artists to deliver a remix for the 21st year anniversary reissue of Goldie’s ‘Saturnz Return’. The track in question was ‘Crystal Clear’. Continuous research of soul and longevity is what defines HLZ music, and you can be sure you’ll hear much more of him and Metalheadz.
Today HLZ joins our Renegade Riddims series with a mix that has a lot of unreleased material which is lined up for release on Dispatch, Integral and his next EP will be on Metalheadz Platinum.
Check out HLZ’s Renegade Riddims mix below and download it here. All the DUB’s are by himself!
D bridge – Pipedreams
Phaction – Metalheadz dub
Workforce – Your moves (Exit)
Grey Code feat. Astrid – You I (Metalheadz)
Black Barrel – Lock Stock (Dispatch)
The Sauce – The sauce
HLZ – Hot Blues (Integral)
Ren LaVice Future Cut – Eyes (Metalheadz)
Workforce – Make me (Exit)
Zero T & Beta 2 – Exiles (Metalheadz)
Seba Paradox – Hexagon (Metalheadz)
Calibre & Jet Li – Least loved (Function Records)
Fierce & OPtiv – Surface Noise (Quarantine)
Philth ft Daniela Rhodes – Solar Cycle (Dispatch)
HLZ & Philth – Dub
Philth – The teacher (Dispatch)
Blocks & Escher – From the Ashes (Narratives Music)