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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.
Most of us were introduced to Jes as the singer of Motorcycle’s “As the Rush Comes.” In the past few years, she has worked with some of electronica’s finest – Tiesto, BT, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten, Robbie Rivera – and with her distinctive voice, incredible songwriting, and emotionally powerful performances she has managed to set herself apart as a true artist. In addition to singing and writing, she also DJs live and does a weekly radio show (complete with special TaxiGirl mashups). Watch out for a new artist album from her later this year, along with several big time collaborations.
DJ Ron Slomowicz: You work with so many great producers, how do you meet everyone?
Jes: I think that when you have a bit of a track record you meet a lot of people and it is just about connecting with the ones that you have a spark with. I have been very lucky; I go to a lot of conventions and do a lot of shows. I just came back from Taiwan and I was in India for the first time, I do a lot of amazing shows with all the people that you would want to meet; you just need go right for them and meet them while you’re there.
The big Dutch EDM producers pretty much fall into two categories – trance or dirty. Hardwell stands out as one who blurs the lines, combining the aggressive electro of the Dirty Dutch with the pretty, melodic feel of the trancers. We spoke during Amsterdam Dance Event on the day of his massive Revealed label party – which ended up being one of the highlights on the entire week.
RS: Are you excited about your big event tonight?
Hardwell: I am really excited, it is the biggest Revealed night that we have had so far. 1,600 tickets sold out in 1 week, the hype has been buzzing on Twitter and Facebook for a month now. I expect a really good party tonight.