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

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

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

“Hello! I'm at present in Melbourne, received right here yesterday to meet up with just a few associates and I can be enjoying For The Love pageant in St. Kilda with RÜFÜS DU SOL and some 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 typical”

Your new single “Steady Motion” comes out this week. Tell us just a little bit in regards to the new observe and the way 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 just a few MJ Cole tunes. I’ve had a pair folks 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) had been going by means of the identical strife that many our sort undergo loads the time, which is mirrored within the lyrics. That, specifically was an emotional second, however a really highly effective one, that we shared. I wrote the strings which had been then performed by Davide Rossi, who's one probably the most wonderful string arrangers and composers within the sport. He’s labored with the likes Jon Hopkins, Moby, The Verve, Coldplay and Alicia Keys, so it was an honour to have him play the string part on the track.”

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

“I’m all the time engaged on new music so we by no means know what’s going to return up subsequent. There are just a few thrilling collaborations, however, like all good collabs, there's the high quality steadiness timelines and launch plans. Time will inform.”

Tell us just a little in regards to the present dance scene down there in Australia? There’s so many cool and distinctive artists which have come out there not too long ago…

“It’s been going sturdy regardless of loads challenges being thrown at it notably in New South Wales (the state wherein Sydney is the capital ). The native authorities there was at odds with the music within the state for years, from draconian lockout legal guidelines that affected so many bars, venues and nightclubs, to harsh and impractical laws taking impact quickly that make it very troublesome for festivals to occur. That has undoubtedly taken its toll on one probably the most prolific music hubs within the nation, which has inevitably affected the music scene typically and its vibrancy. Despite that, we nonetheless have a lot wonderful music popping out our nation as a result of music is in our blood. I could be biased, however I prefer to assume we're on the forefront, and it’s thrilling to see the world vibe with what comes out right 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 developing?

“I've just a few pageant reveals deliberate between now and the top summer season right here in Australia, we’re hopefully going to do one thing in North America quickly. Stay tuned.”

On a extra private stage, I do know you’re passionate in regards to the world refugee disaster. Tell us some your ideas on that. What are you doing to assist fight the disaster and what can we as on a regular basis folks do to assist too?

“Having been an asylum seeker I assume what I wish to present is what asylum seekers and refugees can do. It pains me to say that as a result of we aren't any totally different than different folks, however typically you must show your value as human beings as a result of we’ve been used as scapegoats for lots nationalistic and concern mongering politicians who've been sweeping over the world recently. From my experiences, each private and with others, refugees and asylum seekers are over-achievers, we need to ensure that we contribute; we need to do our share the work and add extra worth to our new nations.”

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