2017 Rewind: MooZ

Mooz

How was 2017 for you?
In terms of music, spectacular. I couldn’t ask for more.

Highlights?
Starting my own things, re-connecting and discovering lots of amazing new stuff and people.

Lowlights?
Musically, I can’t tell. Globally, politics.

Song of the year?
This is a hard one. Hertz’s “Monster” I would say.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To have a dog. (I didn’t think this one [through] very much.)

@MooZ

2017 Rewind: Lucky Sun

Lucky-Sun

How was 2017 for you?
Tom Lown: I finally managed to release my debut album after tinkering away for a couple of years, which I’m really pleased with.

Highlights?
Camping in the sun with my family in France.

Lowlights?
Camping in the rain with my family in France.

Song of the year?
“Bullets” featuring Little Dragon by Kaytranada. This is just great. It manages to straddle the line between sounding a bit retro but very fresh and now. Very cool production/sound with top vocals from Little Dragon. I actually Shazzamed this in a shop in Cambridge then bought the album.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Start working on the tricky second album.

@Lucky Sun

2017 Rewind: Joe Morris

joe morris

How was 2017 for you?
Joe Morris: A bit of a mixed bag. Some great things and some not so great things have come to pass. Musically not as busy as last year but I’ve travelled more this year than any other.

Highlights?
Getting the opportunity to DJ in some new places, such as New York and Moscow and a particularly great gig in Berlin in May.

Lowlights?
I’ve not had any particular musical low points. I guess the continuing concerning rise of divisive situations we’re seeing across Europe and the World at the moment worries me.

Song of the year?
MAMA – “Unmask Me” (Ashley Beedle Remix)

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To spend more time working on my own projects. I can be my own worst enemy with trying to juggle too many things so I’m making a conscious effort to streamline and focus on some things I’ve been wanting to work on for a long time.

@Joe Morris

2017 Rewind: Matuss

matuss

How was for you?
2017 was about getting my act together, living a completely sober life and stepping away from party scene. Definitely a new chapter. It was about becoming stronger spiritually and physically. Many eye-opening experiences and priorities shifted as a result.

Highlights?
Completely changing lifestyle and schedule, which allowed me to have more time to be productive. I was able to write quite a bit of new material and start meditating — finally 🙂

Lowlights?
Mom being diagnosed with leukemia. Nothing is more important than health and family — ever.

Track of the year?
Cosmjn – “Endpiano”

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Silent retreat. Move to Europe for some time. Learn a new language.

@Matuss

2017 Rewind: Fabrizio Rat

Fabrizio Rat

How was 2017 for you?
Fabrizio Rat: Really amazing year. Things went so fast. I am touring a lot with my live set, which is quite ‘young’ — a year and a half since the first time I did it — and I love it so much. I met such great people, promoters, technicians, and clubbers on the way and have really enjoyed not only to play for them, but also the time we spent together. In my life I have really been experiencing a lot of different environments, but for me clubs (good ones) are the places where you can enjoy the musical experience at its greatest: the power of the sound, the hypnotic nature of the music and the darkness.

Highlights?
Well, it is difficult to choose because every time I have to play alone is really special. My show requires a special state of mind, a sort of total technical control to assure the patterns I play with my right hand and the mixing of the machines with the left one. At the same time I must be able to lose control, be open to surprises, and get lost into unexpected musical moments which might occur.

Sometimes I get hypnotized by the music and reach a sort of state of trance. Everything is easy then, I just have to follow the musical flux and everything would go as if I wasn’t really me taking decisions but music itself. I guess this is the highlight for me — that sort of feeling that music flows carried by the energy of the people and by some sort of strange feeling which I cannot really explain.

Lowlights?
To hear that Twin Peaks won’t be continued … but who knows.

Song of the year?
Ø [Phase] – “Submerged Metropolitan”

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Buy a strobe for my bedroom and to fall asleep. New music dedicated to Sicilian minor islands.

@Fabrizio Rat

Image by Philippe Levy

2017 Rewind: Edge of Motion

Edge of Motion

How was 2017 for you?
Edge of Motion: 2017 was an interesting year for us. Three years ago we decided to get back together after a ten-year break and release music as Edge Of Motion again. We’ve been working hard in the studio to deliver a bulk of tracks of which the result is finally here: four releases on our own EOM imprint.

Highlights?
Our comeback release, “Point Taken,” played by nearly all the big players in the scene. The ultimate experience was when we where at the legendary venue De Gashouder in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Dave Clarke played our tune “Infiltrator.” This was a mind-blowing and rewarding moment as we witnessed the true purpose of the track come to life on the dance floor.

Lowlights?
For us it’s the decline in sales of the vinyl format. This has been going on for years already but it still hurts. We grew up in the ’80s and at that time vinyl was the main format, so we are kinda stuck with that old-school style.

Song of the year?
Perc’s “Spit.” This song is so disturbing! If you don’t know this one, please listen and you know what we’re talking about.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?
To work on our album and release it as a limited collectors vinyl six LP box, followed by an Edge of Motion tour.

@Edge of Motion