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A Sit Down With DJ Moguai

12:51 Apr/12/2018

One of the highly respected DJ/producer in dance music scene for a long time, Moguai is coming to Tokyo. He has been producing sounds that can only be done with his talent and skills and contributed heavily in creating the foundation of this industry. He has been doing over 120 gigs around the world in a year not only in clubs such as the well known Pacha but of course at big festivals making the crowd go wild every time.


"The most important thing is to never stop living the life, never give up on your wish to come into this music scene – never lose the dream. "


How did you get started in the music industry?

I started off doing my own parties in the NRU area of Germany – an area of Germany with a really high population, over 11 million people within an hour of each other. I was studying law and started to do my own parties to help pay for my course. I started to DJ more and more and started to earn more money, then Raveline magazine, which was new on the scene at that point, decided they wanted to do their own parties, and asked me to be the official Raveline DJ. This was all so exciting, things started to really take off and I started to produce music too – and eventually I gave up my law course!

What has been the biggest contributor to your current success?

Who was your biggest influence back then?

Sven Väth from Frankfurt influenced me a lot at that time because I recorded every radio show he did and I loved his versatile style. That helped me to find my own style and encouraged me to be open to all kinds of electronic music. I still live and play with that vibe.

Has German techno music followed a pretty clear path from Kraftwerk? They still seem very relevant in today's acts.

If you listen to some of the Kraftwerk productions you could think that it was produced in Berlin or the Rhine-Ruhr Area in 2007. History is resonating for sure, but more unconscious, because most of the new acts didn't grow up with Kraftwerk directly.

You have been traveling all over the world for your gigs. What is the biggest change in dance music for you?

The biggest change in dance music came with the internet. From then on, everyone was able to promote themselves. But it was not only the masses who were now able to spread their music through Soundcloud, Facebook and so on… Dance music changed through all these talented bedroom producers and their new influences and ideas. I can’t remember when we had so my new genres in the electronic music scene. I see this as a plus and the electronic music future will be great, cause it will never stop this way.

Is there any piece of technology you can’t wait for to hit the market?

I haven’t yet checked out Abelton 9. I know it’s been on the market for a few weeks and I’m keen on to check out the new features.

How do you know that your DJ set works?

That's like having a good conversation. If you talk to each other, enter the other one and get up a bit, then the spark jumps on both sides. And that's exactly how it is on the floor.

Which recently released dance tracks should definitely be added to New Dance Music Friday?

MOGUAI & AKA AKA – 'Satisfield' (Me & My Tootbrush Remix)
MOGUAI & Younotus ft. Nico Santos – 'Lessons' (Zonderling Remix)
Tinlicker – 'Donderdag' (MOGUAI Remix)
Kendrick Lamar - 'Humble' (Skrillex Remix)
MOGUAI - 'Smyles'
Camelphat - 'Drop It'
Mark Knight feat. The Ragga Twins - 'Move On'

How would you describe your sound?

Emotional, vintage, Electro, punk rock.

What's important to you in your work?

It's important first of all, that if my name is on a Production is, no other herumwerkelt it. Come in addition, I though times adapting something, but only if the track and what he says, does not change. As I let myself also not reinreden majors. When in doubt, I make the track then not at all, and let it be. I like to listen to criticism, but only conditionally. I just learned that it is better because to listen to me and my gut feeling, I to trust yourself and to see me as the best indicator. If I So find something good, usually many other people find also good. Maybe find then in return the same number of people not so good. But that is part of the creation and creating them. You
never meet the tastes of all - no matter if you make music or cars build.

You have a close working relationship with mau5trap. How is your relationship with deadmau5 himself?

We have fun when we play shows together and I appreciate his feedback when he hears new tracks or remixes, but it’s not that we work closely togehter.

You have played clubs and festivals all around the world. What was the best and the worst gig you ever played and what was the funniest thing ever occurred during any of your performances?

Playing in front of 750.000 People at the closing rally of the Love Parade in Berlin. Money can’t buy that. Once they announce your name and you step out there on stage with that view on the “Siegessäule” in Berlin, in your homecountry in front of that crowd...incredible.

What is it you think has made you so successful, what advice would you give to someone starting their career?

Moguai — I still think the most important thing today is authenticity. You need to live your style and your music. Everything you do then becomes so much more credible and people will see that. I stayed loyal to my style and my music even when I sometimes thought there might be something else out there. I do think it’s the right step to implement new styles in your music but you should still try to keep your sound unique. I mean, this is what I built up over so many years. I would never want to through that away just to fit into a current trend. Those things pass, but you will be there after that and then you still need to stick out of the group.


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