Trip Hop is dead? No! Interview with Moth Equals

Today’s interview is again about a British band: Moth Equals.
More than a band, we can define as a particular project, born in Gloucestershire, near Bristol (not a case), in fact made by a one man band.
How do I discover this band? Easy. One day like another i wrote “trip hop” on Youtube and after Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky and the few famous name in this “music area”, finally, I found something new, dated 2011, with almost 20000 views.
For whom could’t recognize trip hop concept, I’m going to explain in a second: it’s a music mainstream, born in Bristol in the ’90 and death too young. Basically, this music is build on electronic loop, simple harmonies, but with contamination from the most different type of music, vocals that goes around high tones and dreamlike melodies.
If all of this didn’t guess nothing to you at all, just think to Portishead, Massive Attack, Tricky, Bjork, Air and, why not, Fatboy Slim and Goldfrapp.
This kind of music, mysteriously disappeared, maybe identify as a “middle era”, broke his silence just with Moth Equals, and here we go with the interview…

CHEAPSOUNDMoth Equals project is really interesting. First of all, you play a kind of music that seems to be dead: trip hop. This type of music was very popular in the ’90s (with bands like Portishead, Massive Attack, Archive), but now nobody wants to play it. What do you think of this “crisis” of trip hop?”

MOTH EQUALS –  I think Trip Hop peaked when it was new and fresh – something people hadn’t heard before. After the initial novelty wore off, it faded into the background. There’s always something new to upstage the old; Dubstep for example. Often the new is the amalgamation of various ‘old’ genres, so whilst Trip Hop in its original form is no longer mainstream, its influence on other forms of electronic music and contemporary music as a whole is still noticeable.

CS – Why did you choose to play this particular genre?

ME – I’ve experimented with various genres, but Trip Hop is the one I always come back to because it’s the sound that comes to me most naturally. It’s like my first language. That doesn’t stop me trying to learn other ‘languages’ though.

CS – Someone think of electronic music like a secondary part of music in general, because it seems to be “easier” to produce. What do you think about it?

ME – I think technology has made it possible for a lot of people who would never have had the time, money or knowledge required to compose music to become musicians. Easier in this case is a good thing.

CS – Which step you use to do writing, producing and recording a song? What kind of equipment do you use to produce electronic music?

ME – I usually just mess around until I make something I like, then worry about how to make it longer than 10 seconds. I mostly use Ableton Live 8, a microphone, a Macbook Pro and a couple of guitars.

CS – Another interesting part of the Moth Equals project is that it lives just on the internet: your music is not in commerce, you didn’t made any live exhibition, your album and singles are available on Youtube and in free download on Bandcamp. Let’s see the pros and cons of this thing…

ME – The internet means I have an audience that can listen to, download and talk about my music whenever they want. I am humbled by those people who do choose to pay for my work, it’s always a surprise, but if I were to demand money for every song I’d be expecting too much. If it’s free, it’s easy to share; sharing means a bigger audience. As for playing live, I’m not in a position to yet, but it is something I would like to do in the future. See you in Rome!

CS – In these days the biggest discographic industries are closing. In which way can a young musician try to carry on his project and diffuse his music? Have you got some advice for the young musicians?

ME – The wonderful thing about NOW is that you no longer need a record label’s approval to reach a global audience. Not needing a middleman means you’re in control of your schedule, your sound, your hair cut and the clothes you wear (if any). I doubt I’m experienced enough to give advice yet, I’m still a young musician and I’m still learning, but I think if you’re having fun making music, you’re doing something right.

At this point, with the promise of playing in Italy and the announcement of the new album release on March 2012, our interview goes to the end. For find and download Moth Equals’s music just look at the link in the bottom of the page.


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