Jun 14, 2019
MOGUAI's Exclusive Mix
German DJ/producer MOGUAI is gearing up for another big summer including his incredible 25th year at Nature One Festival and we’re ready to celebrate. The industry veteran is also commemorating the start of something new as he is growing to become an integral part of Heldeep Records. Read on to get an inside look at his collab “Cucumba” with Oliver as well as his exciting touring and release plans!
Hi André, where are we speaking to you from?
I’m in Dorsten, Recklinghausen, in my hometown studio and I’m working on new stuff. I’ve just finished two tracks. My production is happening very quickly right now, it’s a good time for me to finish tracks as I’m in a productive place at the minute.
You’ve had a really strong first half of 2019, so what has been the highlight for you?
I think it was the North American tour with Oliver. I had a great time in Vancouver, Denver and Los Cabos in Mexico. It was great to connect more closely, not only because of the collaboration but also label-wise as I have more releases planned on Heldeep. We had some quality time during the tour, having dinner with management and soaking up the atmosphere, I really appreciated this.
As you mentioned, you recently released your collaboration with Oliver Heldens – “Cucumba.” What was the inspiration behind the track?
I always wanted to make a drum-led track like I did at the beginning of my production career under the project name Dial M For Moguai on the track “Beatbox,” which was a huge hit in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland. I again wanted to have a drum melody run throughout the whole track. I started the record and got stuck on the idea. Friends told me it was a nice idea, but that it wasn’t finished and said I should hold off sending it to labels until it had been completely finished. I thought the sound would fit really well with Heldeep so I sent it to Oliver. He loved the track but agreed that it wasn’t finished and suggested that we work on it together.
How was it to work with Oliver on the collab?
Very nice. He’s very professional, and I appreciate the fact that he’s very committed to constantly improving sounds. He obsesses on doing things right which I really like, not settling and always wanting to make things sound even better.
Prior to “Cucumba” you released “Faith” together with Luciana. They’re both great tracks, but how did the approach for both of these tracks vary? Did you start with a different element for each one or were they similar processes?
It’s like always, I go into in the studio and collect ideas from different sources, so when I have a nice drum loop or a useful sample, I work from that. For “Faith,” I had a nice drum and a nice vocal from Luciana which she had just sent me, so I put the vocals on the drum track and they matched 100%. It was the perfect marriage of instrumental and the vocal. There was no connection between the two, they just happened. I have another track dropping soon on Spinnin’, more of a hip-hop influenced deep house track, for which I had the vocals and then just went with the flow. I always do what I like and then if it sounds good I spend the time refining and finishing the tracks.
We love your Exclusive Mix! What was the thinking behind this mix and what did you want to showcase?
I wanted to showcase my style, because a lot of people ask what I stand for as I’m so versatile in my productions. I always say my style is entertainment techno; electronic music which is fun, techno, electro, deep house or big beat. The mix is a good showreel of what I’m doing production wise and also what I’m playing live at festivals and in clubs.
What are your plans for the coming months? Any releases coming up that we should look out for?
I have a busy schedule, with releases coming on Big Beat, Spinnin’ and later on Toolroom. A lot of festivals in Germany and beyond. I’ve never played Hurricane Festival before which I’m looking forward to, it’s an independent rock festival which has an electronic stage. I’m very excited to play there, normally they book acts like The Killers and Red Hot Chilli Peppers, which they are still doing, but now they also have an electronic stage. I love playing the indie, techno genre-crossing festivals.
It’s the 25th anniversary of Nature One Festival this year as well. I started playing there at the start, and wrote their first official anthem around 2000 when they created this Nature One Inc project, and they’re still releasing under that name. I play every year on the mainstage and this year we celebrate 25 years so it’s going to be a very special event and I’m very much looking forward to it.
You can buy/stream your copy of Oliver Heldens & MOGUAI - "Cucumba" on your platform of choice today! https://spinninrecords.com/releases/cucumba
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