No song was off limits at Webster Hall this past Saturday. From “Seven Nation Army” to “99 Luftballoons” Moguai played all the hits. We sat down with him about differences in the industry, and that track that everybody is currently grooving to, “Gangsta.”
1. Congrats on “Gangsta”, your favorite movie must be Goodfellas, correct?
Not really, but the sample is one of my favorites. I heard it on one of my first records I bought in the early 90’s when I started DJing with vinyl. I always had the sample in my mind but never the right production. It was a question of time when to use the sample.
It took me fifteen years to find the right record. I had this baseline and I put the sample on and thought, ‘Wow, this is cool.’ I sent it to Benny (Benassi) and said, ‘Hey Benny this would be a nice collab for the both of us.’ He puts the break in and it was done.
2. What was the creative process like on “Body Talk” with Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike?
Fist we tried something on Mau5trap but it didn’t work. It took a while, we sent over some ideas and thought, ‘This could be big.’ We gave advice back and forth and finished the track. First, nobody wanted to sign it. It was so strange. It was like, ‘C’mon, did we do something wrong?’ And it was finally released on Spinnin’.
3. EDM now vs. 1994. What is the biggest change?
Digital. 0 and 1. A game changer. I was a well-known artist in Germany. Not really big and the internet for me was very good. People said, ‘Okay, wow, who is this guy?’ Push a button and it is out worldwide.
4. Is your dentist still touring with you?
He is not on tour but he actually wrote me saying, ‘So sad I can’t be on tour.’ He likes to party, he never talks about his business when he is on tour with me.
5. Back in 2012, your favorite plugin was the strobe synth. What is your favorite now?
For me, the newest update is not always the best. If something’s good, why change it?
6. Favorite airport?
Istanbul. Best lounge ever.