Phase Fatale is the project of Berlin-based New Yorker Hayden Payne, who takes the raw, punchy dynamics of EBM and the cinematic grittiness of industrial, fusing them with monolithic techno.
He has settled into residencies at both Berghain in Berlin and KHIDI in Tbilisi
Before enrolling in Berlin’s techno world, Hayden was a restless activist in the US darkwave scene and the driving force behind Dream Affair, an outfit of melancholic coldwave/post-punk. The goth background is felt as an undertone of his current production. Despite a catchy and powerful rhythmic part Phase Fatale’s tracks never lack atmospheric sensibilities – something especially evident in his Redeemer full length released on Hospital Productions or the Anubis 12” on Unterton.
The producer presents a selection of wave, industrial and post-punk tracks which influenced his gnarly techno sound.
In 2018, he co-launched the techno label BITE.