It’s already that time again! for our next guest mix please welcome this months featured artist ‘Mowgli’.
Hailing from Sydney, this is a young up and comer that has been putting out some really fun and interesting music over the last year or two. Definitely not the typical ‘Aussie Sound’ you hear every day and that’s really why we wanted to reach out. We love the different directions implemented into his production and we were really curious to as what kinda tracks he would piece together if he was to do a mixtape. So here we are!
Of course, we threw a few quick-fire questions at him earlier in the week too:
What have you went for & how have you chosen to use your 30 mins in this mix?
It’s just comprised it of stuff I listen to regularly, it kind of ebb and flows between fast intense stuff and more relaxed music, it is entirely electronic, however, this was the first time I’ve ever put together a mix. I’m usually not huge on them tbh I never listen to mixes I always just make playlists, I guess it is a good way to discover music, you can find an artist who’s taste aligns with yours and you can follow mixes they put out. If this is something people enjoy then I’d keep it up, but I don’t think I’d get into DJing.
The mix features some of my favourite tracks from artists like Darius, Labyrinth Ear, Kenton Slash Demon, Dauwd, Chrome Sparks, Iglooghost, as well a few from myself.
How long have you been doing what you do?
I’ve been producing for about 4-5 years I’d say, I couldn’t really pinpoint it because it went from messing around with Ableton after watching Skrillex tour videos in 2012 or so and wanting to do that to putting a lot of time in over the span of 3ish years. But then in late 2016 I really buckled down and decided that this was something I was going to do. Since then I’ve also really got into modular stuff and synth diy.
What swung you into electronic music?
Probably youtube algorithms, the earliest stuff I recall listening to was Deadmau5 and Skrillex around 2011 (12-13), before that I didn’t really have much of a taste in music outside of what my parents played so I pretty much went straight into electronic stuff.
How do you best describe your sound?
Electronic but not really dance-y just kind of like spacey, dreamy, warm. Mostly modular stuff but without the generated melodies/harmonies, much more just MIDI fed into it and each layer recorded individually because I don’t have a huge rig with 15 voices and polyphony and whatever… yet. I’d like to form a band and have a more live approach to making music.
What’s the game plan for the rest of 2018?
2018 is almost over so who knows if stuff I’m doing will be done within 2018, probably however because 4ish months is a pretty good amount of time. I’m going to do a video of me covering Satie’s Gymnopedie no. 1 with fully modular gear and use that to help promo an album which will probably be released sometime around November or December? Maybe pretty soon, I’m not sure, it all depends on a lot of things, but you know I’m gonna need some time because I should make it good and build traction and what have you, but my fanbase is pretty active which is nice, I often see the same people commenting and liking each song.
The whole Aussie scene is growing by the min, so many gems out there now. So, if you could pick any other Aussie to collab with in 18, who would it be?
I really don’t listen to much Australian music, it always seems like heresy whenever I say that to people. It’s not an intentional thing for whatever reason it just doesn’t seem to peak my interest very much. I’m having a hard time even thinking of an Australian artist I listen to regularly, probably Touch Sensitive, he follows me on SC and I met him once and he’s a cool guy. I feel we could complement each other quite well, his composition is compelling and my sonic range tends to be pretty broad in terms of sound design.
& what about one hot tip, one act you think is about to pop & will be the next big thing? I’m going to take this opportunity to give a shout-out to Kenton Slash Demon, a criminally underrated duo. They had one kind of hit but the rest of their discography doesn’t get anything near the recognition they deserve. They’re not Australian though but I believe they’ve released on Future Classic.