We had a little chat with upcoming French artist Moraze. The produer explores the relationship between melody and emotion through his deep electronic productions and enthralling DJ sets. With a catalogue of music set to be released over the coming months, the musical development of Moraze is sure to bring that hypnotic energy to the ears of electronic music fans the world over.
WWD: Many thanks for joining us in the When We Dip hotseat. We’re currently listening to your new music ahead of the release, we’re all enjoying it in the office in Montreal! Can you talk about the beginnings of the Moraze project?
Moraze was born after years of reflections and a deep question to myself : « What do I really want to do in the music world » ? Moraze is the answer.
WWD: What are your musical influences? Are there any obscure influences we might not expect from a producer of dark, melodic techno?
You would be really surprised about my Spotify playlist. I am of course interested in the electronic scene, I can’t stop listening to tracks from Township Rebellion and Patrice Baumel for example but I love movie soundtracks and I am a big fan of Hans Zimmer. Funk and Nu Disco have also played a big part in my culture.
WWD: Can you remember the first record you purchased?
How could I forget??? Paul Van Dyk – Binary Finary
WWD: When you started on the upcoming EP, did you have a clear direction about where you wanted to take the project, or did it just happen?
I had the opportunity to use Mimesis studio (Ibiza) over the summer. My friend Shazse (who owns the studio) introduced me to the analog world. It was a big chance for me to manipulate a collection of hardware synthesizer and discover a new way of producing. Algoryhthm is the result of this …
WWD: Talk us through your creative process in the studio? Do you have one, or do you let the creativity flow?
For me, it’s all about the meeting between the mood and the machines, but to start with, I always search for a good groove on the drum machine then I usually spend some time on the analog keyboards to build a good sound. When the base of the main sound is ready, it’s time to play around with a good melody. Because the production process is really technical, I think it’s really important to start the mix process during the composition of the track to check that all of the elements are working together before you finish it. At the end come all « comestics » sounds around to make the atmosphere stronger.
WWD: There are many producers that create dark music, even though they have positive, outgoing personalities – Charlotte De Witte is a good example. Does your music match your personality type?
I guess we all have a dark side. Some people don’t want to accept it, some people make bullshit with. For a producer or a DJ (and all creative people) music is always a perfect way to express the color of life. The crazy thing is that you are playing music to a crowd, trying to make them happy, a fantastic vicious circle! So yes, my music is a part of me and my personality.
WWD: What is your favourite thing to do outside music?
Cooking, probably too much!!!
WWD: What do you have planned for the next year?
First of all learning, because the music process is constantly changing and I am completely addicted to discovering and trying new things. I will be completely focused on the Moraze project for the next year, producing and releasing my best music. 2019 will be very exciting for sure!!!