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The English rock band Haken have just released their fourth album, Affinity. MusicTech caught up with keyboardist and producer Diego Tejeida to talk about rock recording and how technology can deliver a perfect progressive sound…

MT Interview Haken

Haken have been around for the best part of a decade and have released four albums on Sensory Records, Laser’s Edge and Inside Out. The band is very much part of the recent new wave of progressive rock and utilises all sorts of studio technology to produce an intricate crossover sound on their albums. They’ve successfully translated this sound to the road, too, playing many festivals across Europe, so we caught up with the band’s keyboard player and tech guru Diego Tejeida to talk gear and the ‘melting pot’ that is the Haken sound…

MusicTech: What do you do in Haken?

Diego Tejeida: I’m a keyboardist and sound designer originally from Mexico City. I started playing piano when I was five, learnt some classical repertoire and the basics of the instrument back then. By my mid-teens, I discovered the synthesisers and the world of sound design, music production and synthesis – that’s when I decided to take music seriously. In 2006, when I was 18, I moved to London to study Contemporary Music and subsequently Sound Design and Sound Engineering. Through the London years, I worked as a session musician, studio engineer and live sound engineer making contacts and meeting people that would eventually lead to meeting the Haken guys in 2008.

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