David Haberfeld AKA Honeysmack is ACID. Labelled a maverick producer and performer who brings a punk-rock aesthetic to electronic music. He firmly believes the essence of electronic dance music resides in live performance, not DJing. Honeysmack is recognised as someone who’s significantly contributed to Australia’s Acid, Techno and electronic dance music community for almost 3 decades. Equal parts performer, producer, prankster, punk and academic, but all electronic – Honeysmack’s reputation for challenging audiences by pushing the stylistic parameters of Acid is a common thread throughout his work.
His work as an energetic and colourful live electronic act has earned him rare respect on the Australian live rock and EDM circuits in the 1990s with his punk approach and attitude. David’s work engages audiences with a liveliness that is totally improvised, unique and distinctly Honeysmack– best experienced live!
His dynamic performances and productions are purely hardware based and centre on Roland’s iconic machines of the 1980s including the TB-303, TR-909 and TR-808. These machines were pivotal in the development of electronic dance music, and David continues to explore new contexts with these vintage machines with a mix new hardware and modular synthesis.
Honeysmack is man, machine and voltage rolled into one. Every Honeysmack performance is improvised on real drum machines and synths — there are no laptops, there are no records, there are no CDJs, this is not DJing, this is LIVE Acid Techno performed and produced in the moment!
As an accomplished artist and academic he embodies a diverse mix of experiences and continues to explore and challenge new thinking around music, sound, media arts and creativity more broadly.