Conrad Hoyer

Real Name:Conrad Hoyer

Using keyboards and cassette recorders Conrad Hoyer started recording his first songs and mixes in 1993, 11 years old at the time. By 1995 hardcore music had become very influential for the Dutch youth and he started using computer software to write hardcore songs. With the artists of the Ruffneck label as main lead he worked on perfecting his technique, specializing in fast, breakbeat-oriented juno-sound hardcore. In 1998 DJ Ruffneck was convinced of Conrad's talent after receiving a 4 track cd-demo, and asked him if he would like to join his labels Gangsta and Supreme Intelligence. And thus at 16 years old Conrad became the youngest artist to join the crew. The period '98-'00 can be seen as a learning period in which Conrad released a few records as Trypticon and a few more tracks as Ophidian, but was still struggling to be consistent and to find an own place within the hardcore scene.

Things changed in 2001. In this year Conrad joined Enzyme Records, started building his own studio and started his studying Music Technology at the Utrecht School of Arts. He decided to drop the Trypticon-project and concentrate on producing as Ophidian, focussing on slower hardcore, with more techno and electronic music influences. Enzyme started a sub-label called Enzyme X on which more experimental hardcore could be released, which came as a blessing because it provided exactly the space that Conrad needed to define himself and his style. From this moment on progression was fast, and he released quite a number of tracks including his first solo-album, Ophidian - Blackbox, in 2003.

In 2004 Conrad finished his study, earning the degree of Bachelor of Music Composition and Production and started his work in the music business, as a producer mixing and mastering, as DJ and live performer, and producing audio for the game industry, but still mainly as artist exploring the more experimental areas of hardcore, techno and electronic music.

In the summer of 2005, Ophidian started his own label called Meta4, in collaboration with DJ Ruffneck and Cardiac Music BV. From 2008 onward he runs it independently. , YouTube , Facebook
Aliases:10 CLS, Cubist Boy, Meander, Ophidian, Source Unknown (2), Trypticon
In Groups:Enzyme X, M:nd Ctrl-R, The Silence (20)
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