Hprizm aka High Priest

Hprizm aka High Priest

Music Producer & Educator

HPRIZM aka HIGH PRIEST (Music Producer) Professionally known as -Hprizm is an American Avant-Garde Artist, Composer, New Media artist and Performer whose work spans performance art, pop music and multimedia projects. Formally trained as a visual artist, Prizm, later developed from the axis of poetry, hip hop and the experimental arts community of the Lower East Side in the Early Nineties. Noted for evoking images of “Sun Ra and Africa Bambatta at once…”  (Jesse Sewer XL8R Magazine) Austin is the founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop collective, the Antipop Consortium and cited figure in the Afrofuturist canon. With a career that spans the last 20 years, Prizm has shared the stages with a wide array of artists ranging from The Roots, Radiohead and ,MFDoom to Matthew Shipp, Vijay Iyer and Steve Lehman As a composer his pieces have been presented in The Whitney (NYC) The Guggenheim, PS1/Moma The Walker Museum, The New Museum, Cal Arts as well as the Mazzoli Gallery (ITALY) As the Creative Director of PRIZMLABS his recent client base includes Kehinde Wiley, Simone Leigh, Moor Mother, Ursula Rucker, The Barnes Center (Philadelphia) Bahamadia. & The Banff Center, Meredith Monk, Bill T Jones, The So Percussion Ensemble, Loris Greaud, Snorks (feat. David Lynch and Charlotte Rampling) amongst others.

Where are you based?

I am based between NYC and Western Pennsylvania.

Where do you work? What do you do?

I’m an educator, performer and composer. I work predominantly in the new media space with a concentration on electronic music and analogue technology.

What are you listening to?

I’m listening to: @leemlizzy, @voltagectlr, @afrikansciences, @conductorwilliams (all on Instagram)

And, classics from Kerri Chandler, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, Basic Channel etc.

How do you discover new music?

Thankfully I am an active member of a robust music community. My peers and my children keep me plugged into a wide range of music. Blogs were once very much a part of my discovery but unfortunately, alot of the once prominent blogs do not exist.

What formats do you usually listen to? LP, CD, Cassette, Digital, Streaming Services? Why?

I still manufacture and distribute cassettes via my independent label PRIZMLABS.

I enjoy thrifting and digging so I have means for listening to every format from vinyl to cassette. CDs are still prevalent in my car.

“Hard drive space for high-resolution downloads is ALWAYS a frustration. Streaming links are more ideal for me.”

Where do you do most of your music listening?

I mix and master for various clients so I try to have varied listening environments. It can be tricky to deliver a mix that works across different mediums.

How do you find and listen to pre-release music?

Good question. Having a platform to deliver high-fidelity mixes was of interest to me.

What are your frustrations with listening to music digitally? Any benefits?

Hard drive space for high-resolution downloads is ALWAYS a frustration. Streaming links are more ideal for me!

How do you keep track of everything you are listening to?

I mostly check new artists via: instagram. I create folders there too.

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Do you tip other people off to new music? How?

Mostly just via Instagram links. That’s my go-to way.

Anything you want to “promote”?

During the pandemic to current I’ve operated a live streaming event via Instagram called the REBEL BROADKAST (Saturday 4pm) EST @hprizm.

I’m also a member of the Antipop Consortium (Google us or hit the link).

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