Episode 02

Justin Elwin

I met Justin Elwin aka KitPop in the summer of ’07. Highs and Lows was up and coming and a melting pot of creative Perth talent. I’d always been interested in Justin’s work. Although he was very private, you could tell there was something special.

After breaking bread and chatting music, I learned more about his journey from when he interned at Ninja Tune to starting his own label, Paperchain. Justin and I have since partnered together on music projects, events and parties. He has been a big part of the Highs and Lows family album.

Allow me to introduce you to my good friend Justin Elwin also Known as HWLS.

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Firstly, thank you very much for being a part of this project.

Please introduce yourself:

My name is Justin Elwin and I am a Producer/DJ working under the name HWLS.

Where were you born and raised?

Born and raised in theouthwest region of WA.

What drives you in your work ?

The idea of learning and making sounds that people haven’t really heard makes me want to create. I like the idea of using things the way shouldn’t be designed. Surroundings and a level of uncomfort make good starts to ideas.

How do ‘treat your self/ after a long week at the grind?

I usually play b-ball with friends on the weekend, have a few natty’s and keep it pretty low key. Not the biggest fan of large social gatherings. Justin Elwin | HAL WELLNESS LOUNGE

Name a Artist of any discipline that has inspired you living or dead?

Richard D. James (Aphex Twin) would be a big part of opening me up to pushing music boundaries and also from a visual and brand stand point showed me how to keep audiences on their toes.

Next holiday destination ?

I don’t about any holidays plans in the near future haha, but I was suppose to spend sometime in Italy this year, so hopefully on the other side of this COVID 19 isolation I can get there to explore.

Movie or book you have seen/read this year you would recommend to friend.

Movie would be Uncut Gems, Watch that now! and I don’t really read much so any book suggestions are welcome!

Whats for dinner tonight?

Some spicy fusilli, from scratch, it's easy, learn to cook you lazy fuckers.

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Please enjoy Episode Two of our Wellness Lounge with special guest Justin Elwin.

Justin’s music taste is consistently diverse: a perfect curation of multi-genres. This is one of my favourite playlists from the Wellness Lounge.