Walter Howard, better known by his stage moniker “HazMat,” is first and foremost not a DJ. He is a composer, producer, and artist. To see HazMat Live is to be transported to another musical dimension, as is evident by his first ep ‘Whispers From the Nebula.’ HazMat blends house and techno beats with a funky Detroit vibe and elements of soulful talkbox. His sound is unlike any you’ve heard before, or will ever hear again. Every beat of the music is composed live, giving audiences a rare experience to witness the development of the tracks along with HazMat’s talkboxing. His “electric improv” approach allows him to reinvent himself during each live performance, which brings along with it a new perspective of how we use sound and rhythm to convey this thing we call music.
Hazmat’s unique approach and raw talent have been garnering him critical acclaim from the Detroit and international techno communities. In addition, HazMat’s talkboxing abilities have already become a YouTube sensation, earning more than 810,000 views along with positive reviews from fans all over the world.
This led to talkbox features with UK artist the Brookes Brothers on their hit “Loveline.” After performing on Soul Clap’s song and music video “Synthesizer Girlfriend” in 2017. HazMat performed with them at Movement Electronic Music Festival that same year after playing his own solo set.
Throughout his career, HazMat has performed at many other major music festivals including; Electric Forest, Charivari, and Tec-Troit. His current live act Deep Sequence includes performances at Output, Bushwick AV, TBA, the Good Room, Eightieth Street Lounge, Flash, TV-Lounge, Marble Bar, the Works, and the Electric Pickle in Miami.
HazMat has worked with notable artists such as Kenny Dixon, Scott Grooves (Overdubs), and Delano Smith. Other artists include Bilal, Mr. Porter from D12, Mary J Blige and The Game to name a few. He toured with Amp Fiddler, The Four Tops, The Spinners and Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band. Additionally HazMat and his sound have been featured by the likes of such notable companies as Reverb and Apple for his unique sets.
Fans are raving over HazMat’s recent vinyl releases “People of Earth 007” with Michael Scott and “Infinite Silence” with Third Ear Recordings. Look for his reimagined version of Sade’s “No Ordinary Love” followed by a full album project.
Hazmat’s creative process is born on over 20 different instruments from the best names in electronic sound. His arsenal features such notable manufacturers as Moog, Korg, and Roland.