INTERVIEW: Moska (2013)

At barely 21 years old, Colombian-born DJ/Producer Moska is already a rising star on the international EDM scene.  His remix of Jordan Ferrer’s “I Need You” caught the the attention and support of Laidback Luke.  Later on, a bootleg of a Calvin Harris track led to Tiesto supporting him as well.  A steady stream of remixes and bootlegs has increased Moska’s reputation and led to releases on the ultra credible label Mad Decent records.  Keep your eye out for Moska, that’s lots of great music coming from South America.

DJ Ron Slomowicz: Where did the name Moska come from?
Moska: The name Moska came from my last name and high school friends. They called me Moska because I was a very active person and always ready for anything.

RS: I have been listening to the tracks and the bootlegs as they come up and the new song, “Trapeando,” threw me for a loop because it is trap, what inspired you to go completely different with your sound.
Moska: I always try to make new music and this time I tried to make a trap track. I am really happy with the result and I’m trying to finish it; I will release it very soon.

RS: When you play your sets do you play trap or is it more electro house?
Moska: I always play a lot of Dutch house and electro, but I love progressive house as well. I have two sides, a hard side and a soft side; I always try to play a little bit of everything. I am trying to play trap – but commercial tracks that are in trap versions.
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SONG OF THE DAY: Chris Lake & Michael Woods – “Black Thong”

Spinning a mainstream room, I find myself working overtime to please a divided crowd who want to hear different sounds.  There are those who want aggressive, pounding electro and others who want prettier, progressive house. Along comes this brilliant  “Black Thong” track and my DJ life is so much easier.  Producers Chris Lake & Michael Woods have teamed up to construct this seemingly perfect mashup of the two disparate genres.  Starting off, the track sounds like the apotheosis of stadium house, as if Swedish House Mafia and Avicii morphed together as one.  Along comes a build, and the track jumps seamlessly into a pumping electro track with a touch of glitch, asian instrumentation, and vocal cheers.  As the energy builds, a whoosh comes along and the gorgeously progressive big room sound comes in again.  In less talented hands, this track would simply read as a choppy mashup. Chris and Michael managed to blend the two disparate sounds together into a cohesive track which will no doubt make everyone dance.  Aside from an explanation on where the song title came from, what more could a DJ ask for?

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