Leading Irish publication The Journal of Music have written an extremely positive review of my Penji EP! Here’s a nice extract:
“Adopting the name of Penji for his solo project, Hackett appears to have taken his most interesting musical digression…in the process (Penji) has created a groove-laden sound that is augmented by weighty beats, shimmering processed guitar and warm synths. These are songs to reward repeated listens as various elements seep up to the surface and reveal themselves.. With this EP, Penji has revealed a knack of merging the ecstatic with the downbeat.”
Don O’Mahony, The Journal of Music (read full review here)
Wonderful news – I have been awarded the COVID-19 Crisis Response Award by Arts Council Ireland! This will enable me to compose and record a series of pieces for guitar and electronics, which I will be publishing online for you good folks. So stay tuned for that..
I was interviewed by Harry Guerin about our approach to making music, and I meant everything I said. Inclusion is deeply important in our society and we really want that message to come across in our music.
Delighted that Hotpress Magazine have given a glowing review for Electric Dreams’ album ‘Behind the Mask’
Lucy O’ Toole wrote “ As well as boldly breaking down barriers through their music, with Behind The Mask Electric Dreams have crafted one of the catchiest and thrillingly original Irish pop albums of recent memory. “
Quietly in the background, for the past couple of years I have been slaving away in my home studio.. I have been recording guitars, playing synths, programming electronic beats and processing it all through a plethora of guitar pedals.
This has resulted in a four-track EP of electronic music, of which I am very proud! I would describe it as ‘dreamy, wonky, future-nostalgic hip-hop’…
Entirely recorded, produced and mixed by myself, ‘Penji’ has just been mastered in one of the finest mastering studios in the UK (who have worked with such artists as Om Unit), and I will be releasing it this spring.
Electric Dreams bring their unique brand of feel-good grooves and catchy hooks to the table with their debut album ‘Behind The Mask’. A diverse bunch, the band’s sound sits snugly in between pop, RnB and indie, and their music comes with a message of inclusion and community.
Crisp beats, sparkly guitars and melodic synths come together with upbeat lyrics to make for an unforgettable sound. Entirely written and recorded by the band in their Galway-based studio, the six track album was polished off by veteran producer Bob Macciochi of SC Mastering, UK.
Electric Dreams are supported by That’s Life; the award-winning arts programme of the Brothers of Charity Services, Galway. That’s Life offers people with intellectual disability opportunities to discover and realise their artistic potential, through working with established artists and participating in high-quality arts programmes.