Your EDM Interview: Motez Talks New Music and the Global Refugee Crisis

One of Australia’s hottest exports is again with a model new tune for 2019. Motez simply dropped “Steady Motion” that includes KWAYE, a wonderful observe that pays homage to traditional home. After a busy 2018, the Adelaide-based, Baghdad-born producer is prepared for a full slate of releases and touring in 2019. We received the probability to speak to Motez about “Steady Motion,” touring, the artistic course of, the state of dance music in Australia, and additionally, a problem that is essential to Motez, the international refugee disaster. Motez grew up in Baghdad, and his father truly journeyed by boat from Iraq to Australia in 2000 and was in a position to convey over the remainder of the household six years later. Needless to say, we’d not be privileged to listen to Motez’s music at present had he not made it to Australia. Here’s what he needed to say.

Hi Motez, thanks for chatting with us. First of, inform us somewhat about the place you might be proper now, what you’re as much as? Set the scene.

“Hello! I’m presently in Melbourne, received right here yesterday to meet up with a number of associates and I will likely be enjoying For The Love pageant in St. Kilda with RÜFÜS DU SOL and a number of different associates. Playing the sundown slot nonetheless so I’m actually trying ahead to it. It’s a really good day right here however I’m caught inside doing work, as per standard”

Your new single “Steady Motion” comes out this week. Tell us somewhat bit about the new observe and how did it come about? I’m digging the disco vibes.

“It was a observe that I began some time in the past after being impressed by a number of MJ Cole tunes. I’ve had a few individuals do their tackle the vocals for it, however I knew immediately when KWAYE despatched his vocals, he was the one for it. Not solely his voice is unbelievable however the lyrics actually stood out and resonated with me. When we lastly met in London to complete it we each talked about how we (as musicians) have been going by means of the identical strife that lots of our type undergo a number of the time, which is mirrored in the lyrics. That, particularly was an emotional second, however a really highly effective one, that we shared. I wrote the strings which have been then performed by Davide Rossi, who’s one in all the most superb string arrangers and composers in the recreation. He’s labored with the likes of Jon Hopkins, Moby, The Verve, Coldplay and Alicia Keys, so it was an honour to have him play the string part on the music.”

What different new music can your followers sit up for this yr?

“I’m always working on new music so we never know what’s going to come up next. There are a few exciting collaborations, but, like all good collabs, there is the fine balance of timelines and release plans. Time will tell.”

Tell us somewhat about the present dance scene down there in Australia? There’s so many cool and distinctive artists which have come out of there lately…

“It’s been going strong despite a lot of challenges being thrown at it particularly in New South Wales (the state in which Sydney is the capital of). The local government there has been at odds with the music in the state for years, from draconian lockout laws that affected so many bars, venues and nightclubs, to harsh and impractical regulations taking effect soon that make it very difficult for festivals to happen. That has definitely taken its toll on one of the most prolific music hubs in the country, which has inevitably affected the music scene in general and its vibrancy. Despite that, we still have so much amazing music coming out of our country because music is in our blood. I might be biased, but I like to think we are at the forefront, and it’s exciting to see the world vibe with what comes out of here.”

Any tour plans for the upcoming pageant season? I do know it’s summer season on the market in Australia… Any North American dates arising?

“I have a few festival shows planned between now and the end of summer here in Australia, we’re hopefully going to do something in North America soon. Stay tuned.”

On a extra private stage, I do know you’re enthusiastic about the international refugee disaster. Tell us a few of your ideas on that. What are you doing to assist fight the disaster and what can we as on a regular basis individuals do to assist too?

“Having been an asylum seeker I guess what I would like to show is what asylum seekers and refugees can do. It pains me to say that because we are no different than other people, but sometimes you have to prove your worth as human beings because we’ve been used as scapegoats for a lot of nationalistic and fear mongering politicians who have been sweeping over the world lately. From my experiences, both personal and with others, refugees and asylum seekers are over-achievers, we want to make sure we contribute; we want to do our share of the work and add more value to our new countries.”

Check out Motez’s new observe “Steady Motion” that includes KWAYE, out now on Sweat it Out.

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