Son of Israel, proprietor of record label ‘Disco Halal’ and an increasingly influential figure in alternative club culture over the past few years, Moscoman has long been dancing to the beat of his own drum. From his beginnings across the dive bars of Tel Aviv, bridging the myriad sounds of his homeland with alien electronic excursions from much further afield, to his current success doing much of the same to ever-widening audiences, the musical boundaries of Moscoman have long since blurred, evolving only forward, effortlessly bridging the gap between new-wave, house, techno, trance and a sound increasingly all of his own.
In parallel with his restless studio experimentation, a relentless touring schedule has taken Moscoman across the world from his native Israel and current home in Berlin to Asia, America and across Europe, adapting but never altering his sound for festival gigs and impressing with an ambitious live set at Primavera Sound and DGTL. Still, it’s when left alone to orchestrate sweat-drenched, open-minded, open-hearted dancefloors that Moscoman’s musical idealism and years of skill best harmonise into something special.
WWD: Hey Moscoman, great to meet you! Thanks for your time today, how are you?
Thanks! Likewise, doing well, depends on the day!
WWD: We understand you were lock down in Miami, how did you find this being away from your home?
It was nice to be away honestly, being ‘without’ work is easier when you’re away, a good experience , now i’m back home, and there’s a new lockdown, lets see what happens.
WWD: Some people have found lockdown to impact their motivation or sense of creativity. How did you find it?
I’m not really influenced too much from the outside affairs, when i’m in the mood i do music, and i had weeks that i did many things and week i did nothing, motivation is low, for everybody, it is what it is, make the best of what you have at the moment.
WWD: Through your label, Disco Halal, you started the ‘Singles Club’. A service that will shine a light on new artists and producers. Where did you get the inspiration for this brilliant scheme?
Thanks first of all, I believed there should be a space for artists that nobody really “cares” about, plus, I liked the music and enjoyed playing and releasing it.
WWD: How have you found the response from both artists and consumers?
I think it was very successful.
WWD: You also started the Disco Halal Covid-19 Relief Fund, which is a scheme to support the underground electronic scene during these trying times. Another great initiative, how’s that going?
I think we would need much more than that to get through this change ! but it’s a start.
WWD: It’s been a tough year, what is your advice for those struggling mentally during this time?
For me its Running, i run 10k almost everyday , need to find some mondain things to do and get focused through them, sports is good, keeps the body healthy also.
WWD: Aside from music, what other creative outlets do you enjoy?
I love photography, movies, I read a lot , but it all comes down to Music i think.
WWD: You recently released your ‘Time Slips Away’ LP, how does it feel to share it with the world?
It feels ok, I wish it was a different time, I imagine that in better days the effect i was looking for was greater, but it is what it is , try try again.
WWD: What is your favourite track on the LP? Why?
A few but all of them the same, Myths still exist, Golden Hours, Maker Breaker, i feel more connected in a timeless matter, but when i listen to all of the tunes from the album i love them the same.
WWD: We love your use of collaborators. Did they have a lot of creative freedom on the album?
Of course, the majority of the vocal & lyrics was done by them, I just had some feedback but they did the load.
WWD: What else can we expect from Moscoman and Disco Halal for the rest of the year?
On Disco Halal , Tunnelvisions EP and just between us Polocorp (Polo & Pan) Debut EP !
WWD: Favourite upcoming artist at the moment?
MODXI & Chez De Milo , Komilev, SX2 , Anturage , Alexey Union, Zakir too many!