Hyasynth (aka Karen Baskett) fell in love with records at a young age, and her obsession with music has manifested itself in several forms. A professional dancer and instructor, her sense of music has been called “innate and seemingly effortless” while her mixing is always precise.
Karen began as a DJ in 2000 while living in New York City pursuing her Broadway dreams. She moved to Seattle in 2004 and started an all-female DJ weekly residency at See Sound Lounge called ‘Grace’, then gained more exposure to the local scene by booking gigs at major venues in Seattle and Portland. She joined the De La Crème crew in 2006, played the Bellingham Electronic Music Festival in 2008, and has since been a frequent headlining guest at favorite Seattle spots such as Flammable Sundays, the Train Car House Party, Electric Tea Garden, Q, and The Woods.
Hyasynth has released several mixes, opened for legends such as Doc Martin, Colette, Ben Watt, Rick Preston, and Andrew Riley, and has lost countless calories dancing her heart out behind the decks during her energetic sets.
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Where are you based?: Seattle, WA
Why do you play music?
I play music because it feeds my soul. It used to feed my ego back when I first started DJing, but now I know house music is much larger than that. People need the release of dancing in their lives, and I feel that energy strongly when I’m behind the decks.
What do you see as your role in the music world going into the future?
Official Dance Floor Starter!!! My responsibility is to effectively pick out tracks and create sets that are so yummy you can’t help but dance. If you leave the club drenched in sweat…I have done my job!
Favorite label or artist from the past year?
Maya Jane Coles, Finnebassen, Josh Butler
What are you looking forward to most this year?
Building my life with my new husband, and seeing where this great journey of life takes us.
How does your career in dance affect your DJ practice and vice versa?
The two worlds are so very connected in my life. I am performer at heart, so when it comes down to it I think I just really enjoy showing the world how music affects me…whether it be through dance or as a DJ. Being a dancer allows me to tune in to the needs of those present on the dance floor, and to truly feed the energy of those around me while I’m DJing, while being a DJ has fine-tuned my sense of musicality in movement, and has upped my track selection skills when it comes to creating choreography for myself or for my students. I will even test out new mixes in my dance classes! Win/win.
“TUNNEL OF LOVE” Mixed by Hyasynth, Produced by Gene Lee
1. Ben Pearce – What I Might Do (Club Edit)
2. Weiss (UK) – My Sister
3. Le Vinyl, Javi Bora, Melohman – Me & You
4. Inland Knights – Broken Up
5. Touch & Go – Gotta Have U
6. Umami – Sunny
7. Filtertypen – After Laughter
8. Alfred Taylor – Don’t You Leave Me
9. Josh Butler – Got A Feeling (Bontan Remix / Pleasurekraft Edit)
10. Julien Chaptal, Minivila – Wild Cat feat. Minivila
11. Luciano – Rise Of Angel (Andrea Oliva Remix)