If when you think of Israel and music you say Eurovision, you are about to be converted to the inclusive sound of Moscoman. His Middle East infusion are the trademark of the underground sets he produces, but the release of Moscoman’s latest EP with Dj Tennis’ label Life and Death confirms the music he brings to the clubbing scene goes beyond physical and time boundaries, pinching from pop culture, taking us back with retro synth chords and having us drifting along great acoustic leads.
Exploring different territories and sounds is what he does best but is also never shy of going with whatever takes his fancy, fact that gives Moscoman unicity, in the form of an unpredictable range of tracks.
Tel Aviv, Moscow, London, Tokyo are were the talents collected in his label come from: Disco Halal. In Arabic the word ḥalāl means “permissible” in the Islamic law – you work out how provocative it can be; Red Axes, DJ Tennis, Simple Symmetry, Yoshinori Hayashi and Chaim are just some of the ‘legit’ names featured on the label, but it sounds like the list will keep on growing.
With his new-wave, nu-disco, house, techno + sounds from Tel Aviv, Moscoman has already played in some of the most iconic and famous clubs, including Berghain and the Printworks, Coachella and DC10. April 2019 marks his debut with the Life and Death, and we have spoken to Moscoman himself about the release.
D360: Your new release with DJ Tennis and Life and Death comprises of 4 tracks, all of which featuring a very distinctive type of sound. Can you talk about them and what inspired you?
Moscoman: I must admit that it’s hard for me to talk about my own sound, this is something that comes from within and without any kind of guidance or pre-thoughts. I can say I’m really happy about how this release turned out, and it’s a step forward for me as well. Progress is the most important thing in this life, inspiration is everywhere, and you just need to wait for the moment you’ll be inspired in the studio also.
The EP features ‘Wave Rave’, a track that blends hands-in-the-air, trance inducing chords and longing harmonies, whilst ‘Dinner For One’ is a turmoil of sensations sparked by rough detuned synths plus growing rolling drums; 550 changes the mood completely, transporting you to a dreamy dimension with its acoustic melody leading a groovy tempo. Space Comfort, the last track on the EP, doesn’t fail to surprise; with its sci-fi keys and retro synth chords it takes you right on a different planet from the other tracks.
D360: The release puts you up there with the top talents in the electronic music scene, what’s next?
Moscoman: Ha, thanks! But I don’t really about it think in these terms, for me making music is a way of life… and DJing as well, so more of the same, please.
D360: Manfredi Romano said about a year ago Life and Death looked for diversity in the attempt to revamp the label. Is this where your music comes in?
Moscoman: Manfredi is a close friend and a lot of the new music on the label is from my close friends as well. I’m guessing this was inevitable, my release on LAD. Whether this is the sound he was looking for I can’t really testify for him, but I’m happy we can do stuff together, it’s been a family thing for many years now.
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D360: Tel Aviv is a multicultural city, where cultures and religions create diverse grounds where to grow as an artist. How do you incorporate this into your work?
Moscoman: Currently, I reside in Berlin so I don’t have a direct influence from Tel Aviv, but most of my sound and way of thinking comes from the time I used to live there. I incorporate it with the stuff that I experience these days. If you look at Israeli Punk rock history it has a lot in common with my music, both emotionally and sonically. It’s a kind of looking out while looking in a state of mind.
D360: How would you compare Tel Aviv and Berlin, in terms of clubbing and most popular sets? How did it all start though for you, in Tel Aviv?
Moscoman: There’s no real comparison, Berlin has a bigger clubbing scene but at the same time it can get very deep house-y, Tel Aviv has a smaller and more particular scene, which in my book feels very good, as a DJ and as a Clubber, the local DJs are super talented, the music is really fun and not monotone.
I started to DJ a long, long time ago, when the scene was different, so I’m happy when I go back, now that it’s super fun and unassuming. Nightlife, in general, became a mainstream event, when we started it was only for a few people, it was very judgemental, elite almost, now it’s better, the mix in Tel Aviv is underground music for mainstream people at most of the time, so it’s fun. Berlin has a few good clubs, like Panoramabar, Renate, etc. that play music I like, but to be honest I don’t really have time to attend parties in town anymore, because of all the touring.
D360: Now that you are based in Berlin, is there anything you miss from home?
Moscoman: What I miss doesn’t exist anymore, but I do enjoy going back to eat good food, see old/current friends and family. Usually, the weather is great and you can feel a vacation vibe, which I didn’t feel when I was living there.
D360: As ‘the cosmic vibration of forever unity’, your label Disco Halal aims at something that goes beyond music, doesn’t it?
Moscoman: It’s a good sentence, right? At the end of it all, we are people, and that’s above all religion, origins, races, genders, this is something music can and should surpass, as a person I try to put meaning above reasons.
Essentially, the ‘what’ is more important than the ‘why’, so as long as we are all in the same moment and sharing our own reality, the rest doesn’t really matter.
We have already been Moscomanned in at Apollo Milan by Rollover, one of our favourite cheeky night spots!