INTERVIEW: Moksi Talks Newfound Solo Chapter, Inspiration Behind “Moksi Crew” Album, Artistic Growth + More
Decorated dance music artist Moksi is back with his third studio album in Moksi Crew, the first Moksi project arriving as a solo effort from Dutch producer Samir. Featuring 12 tracks, the new album showcases Samir’s readiness for a fresh start as a solo act, as it takes listeners on a sonic journey expanding beyond the act’s signature house-oriented sound to incorporate mixes of house, bass, and techno across every track. Building on the forward-thinking sonic architecture of its predecessor, the album vibrates with untamed energy, capturing the raw essence of the dance floor.
As you’ll quickly hear below, Moksi Crew goes beyond being the next chapter; it’s an urgent statement of intent—harder, better, faster, stronger, yet retaining a familiar essence. Samir’s journey to “Moksi Crew” marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the artist and the brand and we can’t wait to hear where he takes things next. We were lucky enough to sit down with the artist himself to pick his brain on his artistic evolution over the years, the inspiration and creative process behind Moksi Crew, and other interesting topics. Stream the impressive album via Spotify and dive into our exclusive interview with Moksi below.
You mentioned that when you started Moksi in 2015, you never expected it to become such a versatile act. How has your journey as a solo artist evolved since Diego left the group in June, and how does “Moksi Crew” represent this new chapter for you?
When I started with Moksi the main influences were the UK styles such as UK Bass, Garage, Bassline, 2Step. But after a while, quite organically, my choices in the studio moved to more than that. Genres like Deep House, Melodic House, Techno and Tech House found their way into my head and fingers. These genres were always very dear to me, since I was a DJ (way before Moksi) I was always inspired by those sounds. So it made sense it found its way to the surface. Diego definitely had an influence in the music production process, but it mainly came from my end. I was always the producer of the act. The biggest change for me is missing a go-to person that can give feedback on things I make. But that was quickly found with friends and management.
The new album explores a wide range of dance music influences, touching on genres like house, tech house, melodic house, deep house, and techno. Can you share more about the inspiration behind this diverse sonic palette and how it reflects your growth as an artist?
I never really have a clear set idea when I start working on a song. I kind of just start off and then end up somewhere. It’s a very fluid process. Experimental if you will. The influences you hear are all subconscious, memories I have from songs I played back in the days. Or just the simple fact that I automatically gravitate towards things that are within my taste. This probably explains why it’s so versatile. I follow the song in the production process and I’ll let it decide what it needs – instead of forcing a specific sound or outcome. Because I believe that when you force the process with your ego it will sound fake eventually.
Rediscovering yourself as a producer and getting your hands dirty with the technical aspects of production for this album sounds like a unique experience. Can you share some of the challenges you faced during this process, as well as any particularly fun or rewarding moments that stood out?
The biggest challenge was to not force the process too much. It’s easy to lose your identity in the search of a new sound or new influences. And I tried to keep being honest with myself throughout the process: Is this really me? Am I forcing it? Am I trying to sound like someone else? Another thing that was challenging was the realization that this album was gonna set the tone for my solo career. The pressure that comes with that can give off the wrong energy. It’s easy to become a little too ambitious when you make the expectation incredibly big in your head. On the other hand, proving myself has been part of why I became an artist.
Your goal as a producer is described as pushing a sound forward, avoiding reproducing others’ sounds or creating music that easily connects with the masses. Can you delve deeper into your philosophy as a producer and how it shaped the creative decisions behind “Moksi Crew”?
I make music to find my place in society. It stems deeper than just making a cool song. It has a lot to do with knowing that you contribute something to the world that didn’t exist before. Or creating something that has an impact in people’s lives. It creates value as a human-being knowing that you’re adding to the mix. It’s about being seen, being heard. When I make music to meet expectations or to achieve some big goal – it starts sounding empty and fake. Resulting in a song that has no benefit to society or culture in any way. I’m well aware that it sometimes is confusing for people when I make certain style choices in songs. Because everything has to fit into a profile. People expect me to be Bass-House, but let me break it to the world. I’ll always be Moksi. And that means it’s always a surprise. Even to me.
You express a desire for your music, particularly this new album, to contribute to the ever-evolving story of house music. How do you see this album fitting into the broader narrative of house music, and what aspects of the genre’s history have influenced your approach to creating music?
It’s really hard to answer that question because I think time will have to tell. I don’t claim that this is a groundbreaking album. Or that I’m changing a culture. It certainly is a goal, but the question if i succeeded at that – i’ll leave up to the listener. The least I can say is that it’s good that artists like me (that have some sort of influence) try and help the House genre evolve by making decisions that are maybe a little unexpected.
You’ve embarked on quite the remarkable journey that began with your first track, a 45-second snippet, leading all the way to the new album. Any reflections on your journey so far and what’s next for Moksi?
It’s amazing that I actually pulled it off to get this far. I’ve always wanted to have an impact with my music. I’m grateful that people have believed in me since day one. Even right now I’m surrounded by great people that want the best for me. I’m full of energy and ambition. I’m ready for the years to come. Actually overflowing with ideas and i’m NOT GONNA HALF ASS IT.
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Terminal V Announces Phase One of 2024 Lineup
Scotland’s unmissable electronic music festival, Terminal V, will return to Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre for another weekend of cutting edge production, world-class sound, and epic sets from more than 80 international artists and homegrown talent. The year will be the 10th edition of the biggest electronic music festival in the country, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2024, more than 40,000 music fans will come together over two days, with the likes of Hannah Laing, DJ Daddy Trance, Nico Moreno, 999999999, Sara Landry, Charlie Sparks, Indira Paganotto, blk., OGUZ, Franck and all set to perform across five indoor and outdoor stages – plus many more still to be announced.
Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 29 at 9am, before general sale on Friday, November 30 at 9am, both available at terminalv.co.uk/festival.
4 Month Payment Plans will be available on Weekend Tickets for £20+bf until midnight 30th November.
“We pride ourselves on bringing together world-renowned acts with local homegrown talent alongside incredible stage production all packaged up together giving our attendees the most memorable, incredible immersive experience, with our 2024 spring festival sure to be no different, with such a huge international lineup with many artists still to be announced. We’re set for yet another amazing weekend sure to be the biggest yet”
— Derek Martin, Terminal V Co-Festival Director
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Seattle Producer And DJ Subset Has Been Reported Missing
Seattle-based producer and DJ, Subset, has been reported missing.
Subset–real name Mark Martinez–was last seen in Tacoma, Washington on Wednesday, November 22, according to the Seattle Police Department and a Facebook group created by his sister, Diane, to aid in search efforts.
Martinez’s last known sighting was also on the same date he failed to show up for his gig at Seattle’s Q Nightclub.
Despite rumors on social media that Martinez had been found, Diane clarified in the same Facebook group yesterday that neither she, nor the police, have had any contact with him. Diane added that according to police phone records, his phone last had a signal on November 22.
“You can reach out to me or if you have any sightings/tips/info reach out to the Seattle Police,” she wrote. “Thank you so much. I will post the most accurate info here that I can. I need to find my brother. I will literally do anything.”
Martinez has long been an essential figure in dance music, becoming a staple performer at events like Camp Bisco, Holy Ship! and Burning Man, in addition to hosting and curating Webster Hall’s BASSment Saturdays parties in NYC; working as a Media Manager for Lost Lands; and earning a devout following via Twitch.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mark Martinez—aka Subset—is urged to contact Diane Martinez at (210) 833-2461.
Additional details concerning Martinez’s last known location and appearance are available in the missing persons poster below.
Featured image from Subset via Instagram. Credit: Chelsea Hope.
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Published Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2023 20:22:27 +0000
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Study Says Microdosing Psychedelics Helps with ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. It is characterized by symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life. While there are various treatment options available, including medication and therapy, researchers are constantly exploring new avenues to improve the lives of individuals with ADHD. Recently, a groundbreaking study conducted by the Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University in the Netherlands has shed light on the potential benefits of microdosing psychedelics for people with ADHD.
The study aimed to investigate the effects of microdosing non-hallucinogenic psychedelics on mindfulness and personality traits in individuals with ADHD. Over the course of four weeks, nearly 250 participants were asked to repeatedly take small amounts of these substances, while their mindfulness and personality traits were measured. The results of the study were both intriguing and promising.
The Link Between Microdosing and Mindfulness
One of the key findings of the study was that over 80% of the participants reported practicing mindfulness. This suggests a potential connection between microdosing psychedelics and the cultivation of mindfulness in individuals with ADHD. Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the present moment, without judgment. It has been shown to have numerous benefits for mental health, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and attention, and enhancing overall well-being.
The results of the study indicated that trait mindfulness, particularly the aspects of description and non-reactivity, were significantly increased in individuals who had been microdosing psychedelics. This suggests that microdosing may have the potential to enhance mindfulness in individuals with ADHD, which could have a positive impact on their symptoms and overall functioning.
It is important to note that the study focused specifically on non-hallucinogenic psychedelics, which means that participants did not experience any psychedelic effects or hallucinations. Instead, they took small amounts of these substances that were below the threshold for producing any perceptible changes in consciousness. This approach was chosen to minimize potential risks and ensure the safety of the participants.
The Role of Microdosing in ADHD Treatment
The findings of this study have significant implications for the treatment of ADHD. Currently, the most common treatment options for ADHD include medication, such as stimulants or non-stimulants, and behavioral therapy. While these treatments can be effective for many individuals, they are not without their limitations. Some individuals may experience side effects from medication, or find that their symptoms are not adequately controlled. In addition, therapy may not be accessible or affordable for everyone.
Microdosing psychedelics could potentially offer a new and alternative treatment option for individuals with ADHD. By enhancing mindfulness and improving attention and focus, microdosing may help individuals better manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. It is worth noting that microdosing should always be approached with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as it is still a relatively new and understudied area.
Further research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of microdosing psychedelics for ADHD. However, this study provides a solid foundation for future investigations and highlights the importance of exploring innovative approaches to ADHD treatment.
The recent study conducted by the Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology at Maastricht University has provided valuable insights into the potential benefits of microdosing psychedelics for individuals with ADHD. The findings suggest that microdosing may enhance mindfulness and improve traits associated with ADHD, offering a new and alternative treatment option for those living with the condition.
As with any new treatment approach, it is important to approach microdosing psychedelics with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Safety and responsible use should always be the top priority. With continued research and open-mindedness, the potential benefits of microdosing psychedelics for ADHD may become clearer, offering new possibilities for individuals seeking relief from the challenges associated with this condition.
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