As someone who has been immersed in the music industry since the late 80s, David Haberfeld’s involvement has spanned across the board. Initially finding influence in 80s hardcore punk and skate scenes, Haberfeld shifted to the acid scene while studying film and soundtrack at RMIT University.
His live performances have earned him respect in the electronic music circuit and the wider music industry. As Honeysmack he has performed at some of the biggest festivals that Australia has to offer like; Big Day Out, Stereosonic, Falls Festival, Earthcore, Future Music Festival and Meredith Music Festival, but also the scene’s most memorable warehouse raves of the 90s alongside underground legends.
While making music is a massive part of Haberfeld’s past and present, it is only one part. Including but not limited to, communications, media and creative consulting, he has worked as the editor for Beat Magazine, co-produced and co-hosted Beat TV, been a representatives for tech companies; Akai, Yamaha and Roland, and has worked for Onelove Music Group.
One difference he has found is the “lack of scene” today – a change from the 80s-90s, which was driven by rebellion and punk. In those days, acid was a lifestyle for those on the inside, and a cultural phenomenon for those on the outside.
With the multitude of technology arising today, Haberfeld has some issues with our reliance on our gadgets.
“Having lots of choices usually promotes opportunities, although this does not always equate to innovation,” he says. “Technology has a way of making us dumber, not smarter. e.g., smartphones are purely dumbphones, how exactly are they smart?”
“Many new technologies tend to be dressed up as something else, marketed heavily as fashionable items. The same could be said about new music technology. People make music not instruments (to term the clique), so it’s always interesting to see how people originate new ways to create, irrespective of the technology.”
In Haberfeld’s case, it was more the issue of making do with what he had when he first start producing music; using what equipment that was available to him at university, he started saving for his own set up. While acclaimed for using the essentials in the acid toolkit – the 303, 808 and 909 – and his clear preference for these instruments, Haberfeld says it was never a question of choosing analogue over digital.
“I never used purely analogue gear—my main workstation used to be the Ensoniq ASR-10 a ‘digital’ sampler along time ago. When starting out I had little gear and used or bought gear that was accessible or cheap, it was never a matter of analogue vs digital.”
Today, he is a lecturer in music industry studies at Melbourne Polytechnic and is constantly being exposed to musicians of all genres. Despite his inclination towards acid and techno, Haberfeld is open-minded when it comes to other genres. The future of electronic music and the music industry as a whole is one that he views with utmost positivity.
“The future is always better than the present, more opportunities, new music, new adventures!”
Honeysmack will be performing at THE WALL X MTC on Grand Final Eve.
Friday, 1st October
Railway Hotel, Melbourne
Free entry before 9.00pm.