Double MOBO & Jazz FM Award winner, Moses Boyd’s live and studio collaborations have been as varied as they have been prolific, from touring with Sampha & Kelsey Lu, to drumming on Sons of Kemet’s Mercury-nominated album, to collaborations with Mura Masa and more recently with South African Gqom king DJ Lag, which made its way onto Beyonce’s official soundtrack for The Lion King. He produced Zara McFarlane ’s 2017 full-length, Arise, in its entirety, for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, and released several acclaimed solo projects though his Exodus record label. Boyd has produced original scores for major Paris fashion shows including the Louis Vuitton Foundation x MoMa Archive film (2017) and most recently scoring the Men’s Dunhill Paris Fashion shows in both 2018 and 2019, and with saxophonist Binker Golding, he’s co-leader and co-producer of the ferocious semi-free group Binker and Moses. Moses Boyd gives us his answers to our 11+3 questions…
1: Dolly Parton wrote “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” on the same day
2: You can hear a blue whale’s heartbeat from two miles away
3: The inventor of the frisbee was turned into a frisbee after he died
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
I couldn’t say it’s one thing per se. Anything that is proudly unique to me is inspiring. That could be a painting, a song or a person I encounter.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I started making music from around 13 at school. Making beats on Cubase or FruityLoops and haven’t looked back since.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Miles Davis – Nefertiti
N.E.R.D – Fly Or Die
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Outkast – Speakerboxx/Love Below
The Congos – Heart Of The Congos
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Techno, generally people being open with their taste and style. And great beer.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
The Southbank Centre. Because I’ve had so many good memories there. Culturally, theres always something interesting happening, from art to music and it’s a great place that brings people from all ages and walks of life together.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
It would have to be something creative. I’d probably take up painting or photography. But I would still go crazy. No music = no life.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
John Lucien – Song For My Lady
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Björk, Herbie Hancock, Squarepusher, Madlib… sooo many artists
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As a spectator it was seeing Prince in Koko London on his last run of shows. It was incredible to see him jump across the instruments, also the energy he had was like nothing else I’ve ever seen.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
So important. Technonlogy inspires me. I’m fascinated by how and why things work. That curiosity is so important in my music making.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
Yeah. I’m one of 6 kids. My siblings are great and they love and support what I do as much as they can. They all also have a good ear for music so I find their opinions on my work very valuable too.
Following the recent release of his brooding, groove-driven single ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ and a sold-out show at legendary London club Fabric, south London jazz drummer, producer and composer Moses Boyd today announces a 13 date UK and European tour for February/March 2020, culminating in a hometown show at Brixton Electric – tickets go on sale Friday October 22nd at 10am below. The tour will see Moses and full band playing all-new material from his yet-to-be announced debut album, due early 2020.
Moses Boyd LIVE
Tuesday 25th February 2020 | Doors 20:00 CET | Starts 21:00 CET
Privatclub | Skalitzer Straße 85-86 | 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Image credit: Liz Johnson Artur