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

One of Australia’s hottest exports is again with a model new tune for 2019. Motez simply dropped “Steady Motion” that includes KWAYE, a wonderful monitor that pays homage to basic home. After a busy 2018, the Adelaide-based, Baghdad-born producer is prepared for a full slate of releases and touring in 2019. We bought the prospect to speak to Motez about “Steady Motion,” touring, the artistic course of, the state of dance music in Australia, and likewise, 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 in a position to deliver over the remainder of 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 of, inform us slightly about the place you’re proper now, what you’re as much as? Set the scene.

“Hello! I’m presently in Melbourne, bought right here yesterday to meet up with a couple of associates and I will likely be taking part in 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 common”

Your new single “Steady Motion” comes out this week. Tell us slightly bit in regards to the new monitor and the way did it come about? I’m digging the disco vibes.

“It was a monitor that I began some time in the past after being impressed by a couple of MJ Cole tunes. I’ve had a few individuals 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) have been going by means of the identical strife that a lot of our form undergo a variety of 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 have been then performed by Davide Rossi, who is among the most wonderful string arrangers and composers within the recreation. He’s labored with the likes of Jon Hopkins, Moby, The Verve, Coldplay and Alicia Keys, so it was an honour to have him play the string part on the music.”

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

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

Tell us slightly in regards to the present dance scene down there in Australia? There’s so many cool and distinctive artists which have come out of there lately…

“It’s been going sturdy regardless of a variety of challenges being thrown at it significantly in New South Wales (the state during which Sydney is the capital of). 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 rules taking impact quickly that make it very troublesome for festivals to occur. That has undoubtedly taken its toll on one of the prolific music hubs within the nation, which has inevitably affected the music scene usually and its vibrancy. Despite that, we nonetheless have a lot wonderful music popping out of our nation as a result of music is in our blood. I is perhaps biased, however I wish to suppose we’re on the forefront, and it’s thrilling to see the world vibe with what comes out of right here.”

Any tour plans for the upcoming pageant season? I do know it’s summer time on the market in Australia… Any North American dates arising?

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

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

“Having been an asylum seeker I suppose what I wish to present is what asylum seekers and refugees can do. It pains me to say that as a result of we are not any completely different than different individuals, however generally it’s a must to show your value as human beings as a result of we’ve been used as scapegoats for lots of nationalistic and concern mongering politicians who’ve been sweeping over the world these days. From my experiences, each private and with others, refugees and asylum seekers are over-achievers, we wish to ensure we contribute; we wish to do our share of the work and add extra worth to our new international locations.”

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