Fueled by gigantic detuned saw wave tables and booming 808s, the spectacular subgenre HARDTRAP is flourishing thanks to innovator, SAYMYNAME. Ever since gaining the attention of Insomniac’s Discovery Project back in 2013, Dayvid Sherman has been unstoppable, crushing shows and cultivating his signature HARDTRAP sound.

The godfather of his signature aggressive trap style, SAYMYNAME remains versatile and can pull off an array of vibes including his recent collab “Wanted” with Mercer, a more electro-breakbeat inspired banger. Still, there’s no denying that the cult of HARDTRAP is quickly growing and who better to demystify the blended genre than the curator himself.

After tearing down our stage at Nocturnal, team Bassrush caught up with SAYMYNAME to learn more about the future of the style as well as an essential guide to that HARDTRAP sound in the Spotify playlist below.

What are the main musical elements of HARDTRAP?
The hardstyle screech synth lead is the main element mixed with the heavy 808s and snares of the trap beat. HARDTRAP can be blended with other genres—for example breakbeat, as heard in my recent collaboration with Mercer “Wanted,” which came out on Confession, Tchami’s label.

Where do you see the future of the style heading?
The style is progressing, with more artists from different genres producing and playing HARDTRAP in their sets. I mean everyone from TCS, Snake, Audien, A-Trak, Protohype to Madeon support my sound! I truly believe it’s a cultural movement inside EDM as each kid hears it and is able to identify with it in some sort of way. HARDTRAP has made its way to the main stages of Ultra, EDC and other major festivals, as well as to some of the most expensive bottles services clubs around the world and every weekend in Las Vegas. I truly give a lot of that credit to my heroes like DJ Snake, TCS, Carnage and Audien. It’s hitting the dance music scene like a storm and more and more artists are reaching out to me for HARDTRAP remixes and collaborations.

How do you feel about being called the godfather of the sound?
It’s such an amazing feeling and honor to be recognized as the godfather and pioneer of the HARDTRAP genre. I spent many hours, days and nights trying to perfect my craft. I’ve witnessed this genre grow from the ground up, and to be at the forefront of this new sound is exciting. I give a lot of credit to my growing support of fans­—I wouldn’t be where I am without them. They have showed so much love for HARDTRAP at my shows and on social media. The sky is the limit!

You’ve also hit us with an essential guide to that HARDTRAP sound. Break down each of the tunes for us and let’s get into it.

DJ Snake “Propaganda” (SAYMYNAME Remix)
Snake has supported my Encore and WDYW remixes this year. This was my first big official HARDTRAP hit that pushed the genre further into the dance music scene.

Borgeous, Rvssian & M.R.I ft. Sean Paul “Ride It” (SAYMYNAME Remix)
I enjoyed working with Sean Paul’s vocals on the remix and giving Borgeous’ track a new look with my signature HARDTRAP sound in the drop.

Mike Hawkins ft. Disfunk & Oisin “Follow” (SAYMYNAME Remix)
I am proud of this remix because I introduced the HARDTRAP genre to the massive Armada Music catalog.

Mercer & SAYMYNAME “Wanted”
This track has house, breaks, and HARDTRAP all in one. It’s a blend of my signature “hard” sound with Mercer’s style. Definitely one of my favorites to play.

Carnage ft. Milo & Otis “RGV”
The drop in RGV uses the HARDTRAP synth [sound] as the main lead. What is cool about RGV is that it is 100bpm. There are just a handful of HARDTRAP songs at this tempo.

Jackal X Dr. Fresch “NETFLIX N’ KILL”
“Netflix N’ Kill” is a sick hybrid track. It starts as a house/breakbeat track then completely switches up to HARDTRAP on the second drop with the signature synth lead.

Herobust “Bottle Swervice”
Every time I play this track it goes off! Herobust blended his gritty bass sounds with the HARDTRAP synth lead to create a tough tune.

Yellow Claw, Diplo & LNY TNZ ft. Waka Flocka Flame “Techno”
Techno is a trap tune that uses different hard style elements including hard kick drums and distorted fills. What stands out is the high-pitched hard saw lead that carries the melody in the trap drop.

A$AP ROCKY ft. Skrillex & Birdy Nam Nam “Wild For The Night” (Explicit)
This track starts chill and laidback, but when the HARDTRAP drop hits it changes the whole dynamic of the song. The main lead stands out pretty strong and hits subtle yet hard.

Bl3r & Andres Fresko “Jumpoff” (Carnage Edit)
“Jumpoff” incorporates massive big room sounds with a pretty heavy HARDTRAP switch up in the second drop. The main lead pierces through the track.