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Rising Stars: Meet Austin Diduch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Austin Diduch.

Austin, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I played piano at a very young age and picked up guitar a little bit in early high school. Apart from that, I really had a love for music ever since I was a young kid. I always was curious about the music industry and that grew a lot during college. After forming a DJ duo around the middle of 2018 and Fall of 2018, things picked up for me and I really saw the opportunity to turn a passion or a hobby into a career. This really gave me the strength and courage to take this as seriously as possible and for that, I moved across the country to Los Angeles in late 2018.

After playing 10 different states and over 30+ shows in 2019 as part of my EDM duo tour, the pandemic came and all performing came to a halt. As part of my duo CHOVA, I opened for Sigala, Two Friends, Matoma, KSHMR, BROHUG, Audien, Tritonal, ARTY, Hotel Garuda, Lucas & Steve, and GoldFish and countless others. From there, I basically ran a record label and managed ten artists while my duo went our separate ways respectfully. For me, I found this as a new beginning. I found this as a chance to really go above and beyond what I have learned from touring in the duo from playing all those shows all that knowledge I had gained from running the record label in 2020 and managing all those artists that all enabled me to make the biggest return possible under the artist name HAWD HITTA. I think that after putting myself through a lot of the business aspects, I was able to bounce back and put myself in a better position then when I was touring and running my indie record label. I like to think of myself as having paid my dues and really learned more about the industry than a lot of people care to learn about and did so in a very short amount of time. I’ve been very blessed to have great mentors, friends, fans, and family along the way.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There were definitely a lot of struggles. I quit my full-time job (Corporate job) and had to learn how to survive as an independent musician and business. Moving home was not an option. I had to be patient in the process of getting back to the top like when I was playing the number one club in the world three times in 2019. That fueled my motivation for where I truly wanted to be. There have been some tough times like after I quit my full-time job and when the pandemic hit. I remember having nothing but eating almonds on Thanksgiving day in 2020 barely surviving. That struggle keeps me motivated to climb to the top of the music industry. There have been other moments like that as well. Luckily I haven’t lost my home or apartment but I have been on a continuous grind. I’m thankful for God for looking out for me who has definitely been looking out for me throughout those good and tough times. Any obstacle that came up was really just another challenge that I had to face where I can either choose to resolve the issue or we could choose to complain about the issue. I need the support of my team including my manager Julian Carrollo who has done a great job working with me to achieve my dreams.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a DJ, producer, and live performer known as HAWD HITTA. I produce and DJ music specializing in house and dance music. I’m known for my electric performances and I’m proud for having played at the number one club of the world three times in 2019 (Echostage in Washington DC). In 2021, right as Los Angeles was opening up, I was fortunate enough to open for Hook N Sling at Avalon Hollywood the first night the pandemic restrictions ended in the city. From there, I was invited back to open for Borgeous a few months later. Most recently, I performed at Academy LA upstairs Agency lounge in February 2022. My hard-hitting performances (no pun intended) are what sets me apart for most musicians. I’m not trying to follow anyone or do anything else that’s already been done. I’m trying to create a culture for myself and the greater electronic community that supports inclusion, good vibes, and community. I’m really more proud of having lived a life in which I feel like I’m constantly able to give back to the music community and support other people’s dreams as well.

Is there something surprising that you feel even people who know you might not know about?
I would have to say that a majority of people don’t know how long I’ve really been grinding and working in the entertainment industry. Most people see HAWD HITTA and assume I’m just another new artist messing around in Los Angeles, CA. To them, I would have to say that even as early as March 2016, I was written about in Sports Illustrated as Austin Diduch, basketball manager for UVA. From there, getting my EDM duo to perform 3 times at the #1 club in the world in 2019, managing 10 artists and 50+ releases through my independent record label, and now taking the stage with my newfound solo project HAWD HITTA performing at Academy and Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles in 2021 opening for Hook N Sling and Borgeous, I’m no rookie to the entertainment industry and I’m here with my team to go to the top.

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