It may only be November, but it’s already blatantly clear that 2011 has been Moguai’s most productive and prolific year to date, by far. Since the annual Miami Winter Music Conference in March there has been no stopping the man. Whether it’s in the studio or behind the DJ booth, his career has flourished from strength to strength as he continues to unleash his unique brand of electronica upon the world. It has, quite simply been the perfect preparation leading up to his forthcoming album on Mau5trap at the beginning of 2012.
Moguai kicked-started the year in immaculate fashion, as his critically acclaimed ‘Optinuum’ EP reached pole position in the Beatport progressive charts within hours of it’s release. Following this, March saw his collaboration with irresistible Mau5trap vocalist ‘SOFI’ and the release of their sensational single ‘Beat of the Drum,’ which went on to create serious waves throughout WMC.
Building on this early success, Moguai then delivered what proved to be one of the most innovative, interactive releases to come from any artist this year: ‘LYVE from Beta’. This groundbreaking 2-part compilation unveiled his very own Ableton software files – fresh from his 75-minute live DJ mix recently performed at ‘BETA’ nightclub in Denver – to the world. The download package included the full mix, all tracks (exclusive single tracks and special edits performed during his live set) and loops and parts, mastered exactly as used during his performance. Labeled by multiple critics as “interactivity in its greatest form”, ‘LYVE from Beta’ allowed Moguai fans and music aficionados alike to create their own unique homespun versions of his original live performance, and for the first time ever handed the creative power right back into the palms of the listener. Genius.
Next on the agenda; a high-profile remix for Felix Da Housecat on Doorn Recordings and a thumping remix for Afrojack’s ‘Bangduck’ on Wall Recordings. Very impressive one would assume, but it became obvious as the weeks and months unfolded that this was just the start…Remix requests literally came flooding in from the biggest ‘A-listers’ in the business. Beyonce Knowles, Britney Spears, Underworld, Rye Rye and Robyn all came knocking at the door, requesting a sprinkling of Moguai’s magic touch. He had become THE go-to man for remixes this summer season, and as he continued to churn out quality reworks for these industry superstars, so began his rise into the upper echelons of dance music’s elite.
Arguably the most notable string to be added to the Moguai bow, however, came on the 17th October. Just a few days after the exclusive digital release of his mammoth collaboration with Fatboy Slim – Ya Mama (Push The Tempo) – the record hit the coveted number one spot in the overall Beatport download charts: a well-deserved and long-overdue first for the German titan. The pounding rework of Norman Cook’s ‘Big Beat’ classic had been getting some phenomenal support from DJ’s across the board, but this ‘icing’ on the proverbial cake really has put to sleep any doubts about how much love there is for Moguai at the moment. And with Amsterdam Dance Event commencing the same week, the timing couldn’t have been better!
Moguai’s expertise and successes haven’t just been confined to his studio work though. As thousands of fans from all corners of the globe will attest, he truly is a technical wizard behind the decks. Throughout 2011 he has demonstrated performance flair to exquisite effect; with a hugely successful US tour, a jam-packed Asian excursion and a smattering of colossal European festivals under his belt already, there have been very few stones left unturned when it comes to his LYVE showdowns. From the States, South America, Russia and Ibiza to the whole of Europe, the Far East and even Beatport HQ, there are very few territories Moguai hasn’t yet conquered. As he tears toward ’12, there is yet another North America Tour to look forward to for our State-side friends that missed out earlier in the year.
Back to the music, and up next November 2011 will see the release of ‘Oxygen’ - the first single to be taken from his forthcoming studio album, due January 2012. Complete with a stunning remix package and official video, and with the breathtaking vocal expertise of Fiora at hand, the style is back to the ‘Mau5trap Moguai’ of old, but with all of the benefits you’d expect from a producer with that many more months studio experience under his belt. Melodic, haunting, deep and spine tingling, the Moguai/Fiora combination is pure bliss for the eardrums and is, we believe, his best cut to date. If this is any indication of what to expect when the album drops in January, we’re in for a serious treat.