Ophidian

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After over 15 dedicated years in the scene, Ophidian has grown to become one of the most admired names in Hardcore. Conrad Hoyer is known for his beautifully composed piano pieces infused with bit-crushed kicks and his remarkable success with hits like ‘Butterfly VIP’, ‘So Many Sacrifices’ with Ruffneck and ‘Angel’. Whether you are experiencing his endearing and unique live performances accompanied by his keyboard or watching him go insane delivering hit after hit on the decks – this is a multi-talent that you have to experience for yourself!

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After over 15 dedicated years in the scene, Ophidian has grown to become one of the most admired names in Hardcore. Conrad Hoyer is known for his beautifully composed piano pieces infused with bit-crushed kicks and his remarkable success with hits like ‘Butterfly VIP’, ‘So Many Sacrifices’ with Ruffneck and ‘Angel’. Whether you are experiencing his endearing and unique live performances accompanied by his keyboard or watching him go insane delivering hit after hit on the decks – this is a multi-talent that you have to experience for yourself!

The beginning of Conrad Hoyer’s musical career started when he was struck with adoration for playing the piano at the tender age of 5. That passion sparked his musical intrigue, and combined with his relentless curiosity and overtly analytical mind, took him on a journey through twists and turns of all imaginable and unimaginable musical feats. Throughout his young life, Conrad was influenced by several genres, but his calling became illuminated during the mid 90’s – when Hardcore had such an extensive impact on so many Dutch youths. The Hardcore phenomenon drove him to surpass his use of keyboards and cassette recorders, and inspired him to begin using computer software to compose his music. After consuming himself with the Hardcore scene, artists on the ‘Ruffneck’ label began to catch his attention and these artists became the source of his drive to progress in this scene. Throughout the 90’s, he worked diligently on perfecting his technique – specializing in the fast, Breakbeat-oriented ‘Juno’ sound better known as Artcore. After becoming comfortable with the sound that he had established in 1998 – at only 16 years old, he sent a four track CD demo to DJ Ruffneck. It wasn’t long before he was asked to join Ruffneck’s ‘Gangsta’ and ‘Supreme Intelligence’ labels. The two years that followed his signing can be seen as greatly significant to Conrad, as he spent that time experimenting with his sound and determining the path that would lead him to his future success.

Conrad began his career by releasing records as ‘Trypticon’ and ‘Ophidian’, and though it was clear that he possessed a remarkable gift for music composition – he struggled to be consistent and to find his place within the Hardcore scene. In 2001, things took a drastic turn when Conrad made the decision to join the ‘Enzyme Records’ crew. That same year, he also chose to concentrate on his education by attending the ‘Utrecht School of Arts’, where he would go on to achieve his BAT in ‘Music Composition and Production’. Throughout this time, he also began building his own studio. After some deliberation, Conrad decided to drop his ‘Trypticon’ project to concentrate on producing as Ophidian, which would have him focusing on slower Hardcore, that had a more Techno and electronic music influence. His creativity wouldn’t be held back as Enzyme Records launched a sub-label called ‘Enzyme X’, where more experimental Hardcore could be released; that gave Conrad the exact amount of space that he needed to define himself and his style. From that year on, progression in his musical career sky-rocketed, and after releasing his first solo album; the ground-breaking ‘Blackbox’ in 2003, his career would never be the same again.

‘Blackbox’ was a massive success that bred one of the most successful cult-classics in Hardcore music.  After this album was released, he decided to do a remix of one of the bonus tracks on that CD, called ‘Butterfly VIP’, which was released on the new Enzyme VIP label in 2004. Butterfly was a track originally written as a piano piece – an inspirational and beautifully composed piece, that once transformed, held its stunningly beautiful integrity, whilst delivering these devastating kick drums that every party goer from then on would come to crave. ‘Butterfly VIP’ has been played in every corner of the earth, has been featured on countless compilations and to this day, is still one of the most popular and beloved cult-classic tracks in Hardcore.

After such a prestigious landmark was achieved, Conrad was inspired to begin production on his next CD album which would become ‘Betrayed by Daylight’, which was released in 2005 after the Enzyme 18 X, Y & Z mini-series. Though the style of this double CD was more diverse and polished than his usual style, and less raw and ‘technoid’, it spawned a few more cult-favourites like ‘Angel’ and ‘The Middle Children’. This avant-garde album saw an unspeakable achievement when it was nominated at the ‘Release Dance Awards’ for “Best Album” up against one of the world’s biggest artists ‘Armin van Buuren’. Ophidian’s musical success had superseded all expectations at this point, which contributed to an overwhelming urge to aim higher.

Later in 2005, Conrad decided to take his career to the next level by concentrating on the business aspect of the music industry by teaming up with his mentor Patrick van Kerckhoven a.k.a Ruffneck, to start two new labels; ‘Protocast’ for hard Techno, and Meta4 for the experimental and Industrial Hardcore that offered a home for more Techno and IDM edged music. From the day that they began to work together, these labels grew steadily – attracting artists and fans from all over the world. In that same year, and what a year it was turning out to be, Conrad teamed up with his long time friend Tijs Ham a.k.a ‘Tapage’, to make a record for ‘Bionic Recordings’ which included 2005’s floor-filler, ‘The Mine’, a track that is still beloved on dance-floors today. With project after project on the go, a solid momentum was reached and Conrad finally felt that his mission in the industry was clear: to build up various record labels, and subsequently, try to top himself in each of the respective style that those labels represented – be it Mainstream Hardcore, Darkcore, Experimental, Hard Techno, Breakcore or IDM – he wanted to do it all, and he did.

The next few years saw the Ophidian name explode after producing so many more cult-favourites, one after the other; year after year. In 2007, that classic was the renowned and unanimously adored ‘So Many Sacrifices’ with his partner in crime, Ruffneck. In 2008, Conrad received an opportunity that so many others could only dream of – he had the pleasure of remixing Hardcore legend, and Industrial Strength label owner, Lenny Dee’s ‘Forgotten Moments’. The original was already a massive success, but Conrad took this classic and re-invented it in its entirety by writing touching lyrics that all party goers would come to hold so dear and scream at the top of their lungs – he also added symphonic elements accompanied by his stunning piano melodies; enhancing its original composition. With all of those elements combined – he composed yet another masterpiece that is still played and cherished by the masses to this day. In 2010, Ophidian did it again by unleashing yet another all-star track, ‘Abandon’, followed by his next-level, astounding and slightly more experimentally-geared production, ‘Inception by Sound’ in 2011 – the anthem for Q-Dance’s ‘Qore’ party. He repeated his success the following year with his ‘Endless Blackness’ anthem in 2012. That same year saw him release alongside Industrial bad boys, ‘The Outside Agency’, with their Genosha 020 release, ‘The Disputed Kings of Industrial’.

Towards the end of 2012, Ophidian decided that it was time to begin working on yet another album and one year after compiling his vision, and collaborating with the Hardcore scene’s most respected artists, ‘Between the Candle and the Star’ was born. This album blew everyone away and was remarkably well received by his colleagues and fans. The album included collaborations with various artists like Tha Playah, The Viper, Promo, Ruffneck, his old friend Tapage and more – spawning hits like ‘Illusions’ with Tha Playah, his remix of ‘Monster’ from AK Industry & Billy S, and yet another melodic masterpiece, ‘The Rain’. The ‘Between the Candle and the Star’ album even took 10 prestigious places in the ‘Masters of Hardcore Top 100’ chart that year.

As if one album wasn’t enough, whilst he was creating ‘Between the Candle and the Star’, he was busy preparing to give his alias ‘Meander’ a reboot by dropping an album called ‘Gazing Long into the Abyss’ that was released in 2014 on Tainted Audio. This album brought the Meander sound instantly into the new age; uniting his distinct dark, glitchy and experimental sounds with a more ‘playable’ feel – influenced by the ever-evolving ‘Crossbreed’ sound and amped up with his unique and somewhat ‘out there’ ideas taken from his extraordinarily creative mind and his unparalleled use of unique hardware. Many of his colleague’s and fans praised this fascinating album and still play it out regularly at parties all over the world.

Accompanied by his musical achievements, Conrad has also seen sensational success on the performing front since the late 90’s to present day, and has played both live sets; showcasing his signature piano-playing skills, and has played DJ sets at magnificent and legendary events like the most popular, prestigious and beloved party in the Hardcore world, ‘Thunderdome’, or the prodigious ‘Dance Valley’ festival where you’ll find EDM’s biggest names, and the ever-anticipated ‘Defqon 1’  in NL and AUS, just to name a few of thousands of parties that Conrad has had the pleasure to play around the world.

To this very moment, Ophidian remains a name that every Hardcore lover associates with beautifully articulate melodies, inspired messages, extensive diversity and experimental sounds; with his Meander alias continuing on the ground-breaking, outlandish, Industrial front. You can still catch Conrad playing out his cult-classics along with the freshest and most innovative Hardcore tracks out there at the biggest parties that our scene have to offer from one edge of the earth to the other. Conrad Hoyer has earned his place among the Hardcore legends and is a name that will continue to be the pioneer of innovative sound and audio engineering that will leave an everlasting impression throughout Hardcore’s history.

 

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