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A New Year, A New Beginning: DJ Mosha’s First Interview Of 2023



DJ Mosha

In this exclusive interview, we delve into DJ Mosha‘s plans, goals, and aspirations for 2023, and get a glimpse into what makes him a rising Techno producer in the world of music.

1 — First of all, can you tell us about any new song you have been working on recently?

Of course… You could say that the style of music has changed a bit. The current sound is rather monotonous Techno + electronic sounds. You can find an example here!

That’s the sound that’s going through my head right now. I find it very refreshing to also break new ground as a producer because you get new ideas, and this is important!

2 — What about partnerships or collaborations?

A lot has happened there. During the pandemic, I teamed up with a label from Detroit… but that’s gone. I think that’s a pity, but times change sometimes.

At the moment I’m working with a small label from Kiel in Germany, L.A.U.T.H. Rec. There have already been releases and events! And I’m still working with Voltage Circus.

In this community, you can work together with other artists and organizers! It’s really a lot of fun and you get new insights! That is very cool!

3 — How do you stay current and up-to-date with the music industry trends?

That’s a good question! But difficult to answer. I think everyone works differently. Trends come and go. As a musician, you actually go your own way. But you also have to look right and left to see what else is new. I think it also depends on the people you work with. And then you move together in one direction!

I don’t know anyone who works alone in the music industry. And only by working together can you get an overview of the current trends. One tries to distinguish between what is new and what is repeated. Trends just happen…

4 — How has COVID-19 affected your work as a producer?

Compared to previous years, the production ratio has changed fundamentally. Especially in the Corona period, many producers have been busy producing and also publishing. I reduced my productions and releases here!

I would say that during this time I collected new sounds for the time after Corona. But I think every musician created their own work process during the Corona period! And I chose this path!

During this time I also sat down with other sound designers and talked about sound design and how to create or change new sounds directly and technically! It was also a lot of fun and broadened my horizons.

5 — In what ways have you adjusted your DJ performances in response to the ongoing pandemic?

My sense of the club culture is that it’s recovered.

I’ve been to different clubs in the last few months and here I discovered the audience as normal and as before the pandemic! I don’t think the attendance is quite up to pre-pandemic levels though… but it is a good way.

I won’t change much about the music style. It will continue to be Techno. And, of course, it’s fun to be in a club again and be in contact with different artists and also with the audience!

6 — How do you find a balance between pushing creative boundaries and ensuring your tracks resonate with a broad audience?

That’s a good question! Everyone has their own motivation when it comes to producing music! For example, as a counter-question. What kind of music would you produce? What music do you like? or What music others would like to hear?

I don’t worry about… how big the audience that listens to my music? Or do people like my music?

Music is versatile and there will always be people who like your music and those who don’t like your music. That is normal. Everything else is just pressure and I think such pressure can influence your creativity! This is not good!

In today’s world, everything has to be measured and promise maximum success. I think that’s the wrong motivation in music. It’s about being different!

From an entrepreneur’s point of view, it’s good that there is commercial music and that it’s very successful! But that also means that other styles of music (underground) will also be growing again. The audience wants to be entertained and experience something new and not hear the same songs that they have heard before or that sound the same!

Music is constantly changing and change only works when there are people dying to try different things. But as I said, it’s all about your own motivation! What do I want to achieve with my music? You should know your target audience.

My target group is rather small. I don’t want to appeal to the normal consumer who streams or is on YouTube.

My target group is called “DJ”. This is also the one who plays my songs at events.

7 — What kind of production techniques or technologies have you been incorporating in your recent jams?

I found a great enrichment and also beautiful creative technology and also transferred it to my studio. This is the “Erae Touch” of Embodiment. This is a polyphonic MIDI controller with sensitivity as well as a versatile interface.

You can design the surface freely and import drums yourself! I think that’s great and you have so many options! Just awesome!

8 — What inspires you to keep creating music?

My inspiration or motivation is to create new sounds! And this process is what makes a musician or producer happy! To create something from his inspiration that sounds good and also makes other people dance.

9 — What are your future goals and how do you plan to achieve them?

I think the big goal is > to create Musk. There will always be projects that I want to implement! Own sounds, radio shows, cooperation with other producers, own events, everything that has to do with music!

In order to implement such projects, you have to work together with other institutes! I think that’s the nice thing about music, if you have the same interests, you can get to know new people and implement projects together, or bring them together.

In order to achieve such goals, you have to work together with other people

10 — Is there anything you would like to share or add with us?

Today’s time is very fast-moving! All current information on projects can be found here!

You can check out my releases and DJ sets on Beatport, Bandcamp, Mixcloud, and SoundCloud.

Mosha is fascinated by the extent to which electronic music connects people, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, language, or religion. He sees music as a means of communication. “Music is the answer.”



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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