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A Must-Read Interview With DJ Mosha On Making Techno Music



DJ Mosha Interview

There is a fast-rising talent in town in the world of electronic music and it goes by the name of DJ Mosha. Following releases on Detroit’s label Di-Techno, the German artist opens up about his work methods when it comes to producing energetic tracks. If you want to learn more about how you can start making Techno music, then you’ll get the right insights from his clever expertise. Please go down and scroll through the full interview.

1 – First of all, what made you want to start producing Techno?

I started as a “live act” with drumcomputer+synthisizer. After I created the first sounds and drums, I also tried to arrange the new sounds so that they can be played by a DJ as a normal track. And after a while, more equipment comes and expands his studio with computer + programs. I think those were my first real steps as a producer.

2 – You were born in Germany and Berlin is considered the capital of Techno. Does your homeland influences you artistically?

This question is not easy. In the music scene (Berlin), many artists also come from other countries. And these shape the image of the techno scene in Berlin/Germany. For me, as a producer, it is important to hear other songs or sounds. For that, you are also a lot in clubs and on events on the road!

When I think back, there was the “Loveparade”! And the Loveparade has of course co-determined the music scene in Berlin/Germany! And there you could hear many international DJs and their sounds! Of course, there are various clubs in Berlin where this is also the case.

I think just the international situation and the versatility of Berlin have determined my sound!

3 – When it comes to releasing a new track do you improvise or plan strategically its proper sound design?

I don’t plan my songs. There is a basic mood at the beginning of the production. And this basic mood is integrated into the productions. I let myself be driven by my own motivation! If I feel like a harder style then the songs will be accordingly or if I have heard a certain sound that I find good, then it is used in a song.

I think just the versatility of the sounds gives the producer the artistic freedom to develop creatively. And on this basis, you develop further. I find it exhausting that I as a producer can be pressed into a track. For example, I am a producer for House music and go to my studio every day and always have the same beat or sound… I take away my own artistic freedom to design new sounds. Where I also think it’s important that a producer should evolve.

There are also artists who come from a different music area like “Techno” and have slowly turned to the “House” genre. (Or the other way around) as a Techno DJ/Producer I also like various House productions… or better said I also find House elements in different songs good. Just because I started with Techno… that doesn’t mean that I have to produce Techno for the rest of my life, maybe later I will produce “Hard Techno.” 😆 This has influenced all my productions but I do not plan that.

4 – What is your favorite part of making new music?

I think it’s Techno but currently, it is changing from 125-128 BPM to 133-135 BPM. So from calm orderly and clear sounds to louder and more experimental and dirty sounds!

5 – What gear do you use for producing and DJing?

I keep that very simple.
Mixer: Allen and Heath
Headphones: Allen and Heath
Turntable: Technics
CD Player: Pioneer
Playlist: created with Rekordbox
Mac + Ableton (various digital instruments)
Roland: System 1
Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro
Monitor: KRK (Rokit 6) + Subwoofer

6 – Last month, you dropped two tracks “Where Is My Chocolate” and “Here Is My Backup.” What’s the inspiration behind them?

Ooh, tough question! I can’t say exactly… I think I just liked the basic mood of these two songs! They have something light and simple. Just right to sink into thoughts on the dance floor and let yourself drift. Just something simple without loud and grueling “drop.” I think that was my motivation behind it! (Just close your eyes and let the music work.)

7 – What is something that makes these new tracks so unique?

Mmm… for me, I think the even and the easy.

– Simple beat.
– Softsynth.
– Light percussions in the background which just swing along.
Especially if you are at an after-hours party and want to come down slowly! (Thoughtful.)


8 – Do you remember which has been the most difficult music project you have ever worked on?

Ooh, yes… I once participated in a remix contest many years ago for Green Velvet’s “Turn it Up.” Until today still not matured! 😄

9 – If the global pandemic finally ends, where would you love to perform live?

For me, definitely not in Germany! I think first of the USA or better Detroit, the home of my label (Di-Techno). If the possibility exists of course also another country. Why not Japan, that would be interesting!

Why Detroit?

–  Just to be in contact with people who have the same interests and work on new projects.
– Detroit is the home of Techno.
– Richie Hawtin also started there!

10 – How does the future look like for DJ Mosha?

The music goes on and on and on… or music is the answer! I will continue to produce and develop new material. I think this is a journey and I will meet many people on the road. Let’s see where it goes!

Of course, I will continue to work primarily with the label from Detroit (Di-Techno) because despite the pandemic and all the restrictions they are working on new projects like festivals and also a new online shop.

I think this is very brave in these difficult times, but it also shows that there is a lot of energy behind it! (respectfully “Melissa Divietri”.)



Hi, my name is Erick Ycaza. I have a BA in Advertising & Graphic Design. This blog is to provide you with daily music news and share my personal style.


Exclusive Interview: Paul Mayson Delves Into His Debut Album ‘One Life’



One Life Paul Mayson Interview

Paul Mayson‘s first-ever album, ‘One Life,’ is like a special mix of his love for House music, blended with different kinds of sounds and cool collaborations from artists all over the world. You definitely don’t want to miss this interview!

1 — With the release of your debut album ‘One Life,’ what are your expectations for how listeners will connect with the music?

My goal was to showcase my story and my sound. And for it to be an uplifting, positive, and summery album. Hopefully, it feels like that! It’s a collection of songs made at the moment, to make you feel happy and free. It’s about embracing life, the good things and the bad. And about doing what makes you happy.

2 — You’ve teamed up with a diverse range of international artists on this material. Please let us know how these collaborations came to be.

It was really exciting taking elements from different genres, working with a group of great artists who come from very different backgrounds, and bringing all of these sounds and flavors together on one project. A lot of artists I meet myself, reach out to the people I’m interested in. I often travel abroad to work on music together and do sessions in London or LA. Sometimes collabs can also happen through the label or the publisher, but ultimately it’s great to have an artist-to-artist relationship.

3 – What compelled you to emphasize the themes of life, freedom, and diversity in this album?

I’m very passionate about House music culture and the way it started. Which was all about positivity and celebrating life together. I love that message and think the soulful, feel-good element of House music is what always really attracted me to the genre. And to music in general, including other genres like Soul and RnB.

4 – Can you share more details about the process of integrating experimental elements into the music production of your album?

A few of the songs (like “Tell Me How” and “I Want You”) were basically made during one big jam session. It’s me just trying out completely different sounds, textures, and rhythms and experimenting with live drums, guitars, and whatever I feel like. Letting go of any rules connected to dance music allows for a really fresh approach to the album songs.

6 – How does the artwork complement the album’s concept?

It emphasizes the feel-good element and the overall message of the album. Life is in front of you, it’s there for the taking. You’re in the hallway, step into the light and embrace life.

Paul Mayson One Life
7 – Will there be another amazing music video like “Have It All,” dropping in the near future?

We released a really cool art piece and visualizer for the album which I’m very excited about!

8 – Given your ambition to push boundaries within the Dance genre, do you think the bunch of producers already out there could make it tough for you to really stand out?

I think individuality is key. Doing something you’re passionate about. Telling your own story. If you go into that process, the outcome will be unique. Not following trends and doing my own thing is what helps me stand out and allows me to be ahead and I try to keep pushing myself.

9 – Among your studio essentials, what’s the item that you consider the cornerstone of your setup?

Quite a lot of my work is digital. I carry my laptop around and can produce and write anywhere with it, whether it’s my home studio, the studio in Amsterdam, a hotel, or even an airport. That’s what makes it flexible and international! Just being able to work anywhere and get the creative process going. At home I also love my Adam A77x monitors and I also use a Prophet synth.



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Exploring “My Friends”: Tobtok Talks Creative Process And More!




In this exclusive interview, Swedish producer Tobtok discusses all the details about his latest single as part of the ongoing countdown to the upcoming ‘My Friends’ EP. This is a collaborative effort with farfetch’d that you definitely shouldn’t overlook.

1 — Congratulations on the release of “My Friends.” Please tell us more about the influences and musical style that shaped this cool track.

Thanks! This tune has taken inspiration from bits and pieces of tracks I’ve been into over the last 10 years, everything from Daft Punk to Fred Again. It contains a lot of micro samples and vocal lines that are in a similar vein as old French House records, but we also wanted to experiment with the current UK rave sound, which we think ended up in a pretty unique and interesting way.

2 — How did you and farfetch’d navigate the creative process together, especially when faced with differing ideas or disagreements?

We were kind of on the same page with most things to be fair. Jerry from farfetch’d is a very creative guy and he loves to bash out new ideas, which worked well for me to develop into full songs. We worked on every track together in my studio and finished them off together. Of course, we had some different ideas about certain things but since none of us had a big ego, we just compromised. I think when you like the same kind of music, you usually think quite alike.

3 — What sets this collaboration apart from your previous singles?

I think this is possibly the strongest single from the EP. It feels catchy and is super simple yet not too boring. It also has Jerry’s voice in it which is unique to any other of our tracks.

4 — Can you share any funny anecdotes about specific moments while crafting “My Friends”?

We have hidden a few wacky voice notes in it as a sort of ambiance. It can be heard in the second verse or whatever you wanna call it. You clearly hear Jerry laughing about something, but I can’t remember what it was.

5 — Is this tune part of an upcoming album or EP?

It’s track no.3 from our ‘My Friends’ EP which has a total of 6 tracks. It was released via Perfect Havoc on 29th September.

6 — What are your emotions when your music receives recognition and praise from other producers in the industry?

It’s always so much fun to get praise from your peers and colleagues. These people live and breathe music and probably hear way more stuff than the average listener, so I guess they tend to be less impressed by music.

7 — Has your signature sound as Tobtok undergone changes over the years?

Haha most definitely. I started out with French House which evolved into Nu-Disco. I later jumped on the Tropical House train (quite early on in my defense). Left that and tried something cooler with my track “ABER,” and from there, it’s been more of a mix between UK and Deep House.

8 — Is there any specific music genre you’re eager to explore?

Old School Disco and Soul. I’m a big fan of the 70s as a whole, that’s why I’ve bought a few vintage Roland pieces in my studio and a Rhodes Piano.

9 — Considering the global nature of music today, are there any international artists you’d love to collaborate with?

I love Jungle right now, for reasons made quite obvious in the previous question. They’ve mastered this cool retro 70’s/Motown sound and yet managed to make it sound fresh somehow. I’d love to just hang out in the studio with them and see what they do.

10 — As we conclude, do you feel that there’s a certain formula that artists can follow to produce chart-topping hits?

Nowadays, it’s all about doing something that stands out from what everyone else is doing and probably also adding a sprinkle of nostalgia and familiarity into something. A good example is the new Peggy Gou record which is a massive hit that takes inspiration from ATB but puts it in a new and interesting context. It doesn’t hurt to have a massive TikTok following either lol.



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From Drummer To EDM Producer: Kouss Opens Up About “Can’t Go Back”




You must read this interview with Kouss! He used to rock it as a badass drummer in the Stellar Revival band, but now he’s spilling the beans about how he switched things up and got into making electronic dance music (EDM). The spotlight is now on his latest track, “Can’t Go Back.” Learn more here.

1 — Putting your sound into words, how would you convey the mood and sensations that your music evokes to someone unfamiliar with it?

My music aims to be an uplifting and thoughtful blend of Progressive House and Dance-Pop. Even though the music is very dancefloor-friendly, the songwriting is very Pop-forward. I also love mixing live instrumentation with electronic production to create layered recordings. As a drummer, having live elements mesh with the electronic really brings out a unique texture.

2 — Your transition from Rock music with Stellar Revival to EDM is quite remarkable. Can you tell us more about it?

The transition from Rock to EDM is an exciting and natural creative evolution. I’ve always been passionate about electronic music, so finally being able to fully immerse myself in the genre as a producer and songwriter has been fulfilling. My background as a touring Rock drummer also gives me a unique musical sensibility that I try to incorporate into Kouss Records.

3 — As a drummer, you had to adapt to a different genre. How did you translate your rhythmic background into this new realm?

When approaching any genre, especially Dance music, I’m utilizing my background in percussion to create grooves and drum patterns. The drum parts still come from the same creative place whether I’m sitting behind a drum set or drawing with a MIDI controller. I will say that with EDM I find myself focused more on groove and restraint.

4 — In what ways have Illenium, Zedd, and David Guetta played a role in shaping the sound of your new single “Can’t Go Back”?

Illenium, Zedd, and David Guetta definitely influenced the melodic and atmospheric vibes in “Can’t Go Back.” Their music motivates and challenges me to produce massive soundscapes on the highest level. They’re all melodic magicians, and I continue to be inspired by their work. I also feel like I put my own spin on “Can’t Go Back.” It’s almost like the line between EDM and Pop became blurrier on this track.

5 — What’s the story behind the song title?

“Can’t Go Back” is generally about moving forward and not dwelling on the past. For me personally, it’s about evolving as an artist and person.

6 — Anna Kline’s presence on “Can’t Go Back” adds a unique dynamic. How did this collaboration come about?

I was introduced to Anna soon after starting the Kouss project by “Can’t Go Back” co-producer and dear friend Phil Barnes. The second I heard Anna sing I knew I wanted to work with her. She’s an incredible songwriter and an awesome human. It was an organic collaboration that we’re both stoked about. Definitely be on the lookout for more collaborations with Anna in the future!

7 — How do you aim to connect with listeners on an emotional level through this single?

I aim to connect with listeners on an emotional level through the authenticity and musicality of “Can’t Go Back.” It’s about delivering that special feeling to the listener. We crafted this recording from a place of passion as artists. The lyrics are relatable and cathartic, and Anna’s vocals draw you into this sonic world we created. We also tap into some nostalgia with the Big Room House vibe. But overall the goal was to give listeners an authentic musical experience that resonates with them, regardless of what genre they usually listen to.

8 — For “Can’t Go Back,” did you experiment with a combination of electronic elements and live instruments?

Yes, “Can’t Go Back” mixes electronic production with live drumming and live guitars. The live instruments give the song a dynamic texture and human feel. Not every Kouss song will have live instruments, but it’s definitely a major part of the debut EP coming in 2024.

9 — Looking ahead, how do you envision your music style evolving?

I want to continue bridging the gap between organic and electronic. Creatively, I think there’s a lot of meat on that bone. I also don’t want to limit myself to a single genre or style. I love all types of music and ultimately hope to develop a sound that draws from those diverse influences and experiences.

10 — Lastly, reflecting on your journey so far, what’s been the most memorable or rewarding moment of your music career?

Working with talented musicians and creators who are excited about my music has been humbling and inspiring. I didn’t expect it, but the reaction to “Can’t Go Back” has been both unexpected and validating. It’s so cool to see the song played in clubs, gyms, and cars. I’m truly fortunate to share my passion for music and connect with listeners who share the same passion.



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