In between producing Feist’s groundbreaking album Pleasure, co-writing songs for Kelela’s upcoming debut album and working on his sixth full-length album, due out next year, Mocky is set to release the fourth installation of his “Moxtape” series. An unfiltered peek into his unreleased studio experiments and collaborations, “How to Hit What and How Hard” is a collection of hand crafted “off the grid bangers and some songs”, the multi-instrumentalist producer says. At the start of 2017, Mocky built a studio at his secretive Los Angeles headquarters. As he put up the studio walls, he began doing test recordings and switching between hammer and nails and drumsticks and drums. The first six test recordings became the basis of “How to Hit What and How Hard’. They range from 1970s Sesame Street funk to Steve Reich-style arrangements with a backbeat to songs like “Problematic” (which casts Mocky’s crooning in a glitched-out new light). Mocky will perform LIVE at Prince Charles on Friday, 11.08.2017
1: you can’t repeat your successes you must always try something new
2: the pen is mightier than the sword
3: music makes the world go round …
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
When I hear great music that makes me feel good – that lights a fire inside me to do the same.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
When I was 8 banging on pots and pans , I got a Brian eno record from my brother
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Stevie Wonder inner visions , miles Davis round about midnight , talking heads
remain in light , John Coltrane and Duke Ellington In a sentimental
mood , Marvin Gaye vulnerable
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Milchcafes, tolerant society , hotbed of creativity
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
The Beach / my studio
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Be a worm
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
The coasters ” little Egypt ”
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
My last Japan tour
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Very important / I use protools heavily to edit and splice my recordings , while maintaining a natural feel
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have 4 brothers and they are all very proud , especially the one that gave me the Brian Eno record !
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