The founding members, Danny Cudd (UK) and Markus Offbeat (SE), met on the shores of Goa, India, forging their creative partnership in its vibrant international arts scene. Over the following years, the Hang Massive project evolved from busking on the streets of European cities to performing festival line-ups and high profile music venues around the world. Today the duo split their time between their home studio in Goa and touring globally.
How did Hang Massive start?
We met in Goa where we have been spending the winter for many years. After hanging out there for some months we travelled back to the UK together and we directly started playing music together in the streets. We did that for many years before starting to play live shows and organise our own tours.
The handpan is a relatively young instrument. What is it that guides your music?
Our music is guided by our meditation practice and at the same time influenced by the wide range of electronic music genres that we both love.
What creates sound is the handpan’s own surface. How does it feel to play it, and to play it in a duo?
Playing any musical instrument is always a special thing and playing the Handpan is no different. It has such a soothing sound it is a pleasure to play. Playing music as a duo or a group brings forward lots of possibilities and if this is done within the context of a shared vision then many magical things can occur!
You’re touring Europe with “Sound of light & colour”. What lights and colours are you bringing on stage?
The title of The Sound of Light and Colour is a magnificent title for the show and tour which was given to us by our most precious mediation teacher. We are at the same time touring with our own sound and light team and the combination delivers a very wonderful effect and impact!
You met in Goa, and you live there part of the year. What role did and does India play in your music?
India is such a magical country and we have our home in Goa for many years. That provides us with a place for deep relaxation and the time and space to explore creativity. We are surrounded by nature and a vibe of practice of many forms and this is always great!
Hang Massive plays at the Studio Foce on 02.12 at 20:00.
More information: foce.ch