Experimental club music pioneer, Moro, projects the sounds of Argentine politics and football.

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Culture Berlin
Words Moro & Hey Vito
Photographs Brucetobin

In 2016 Moro released his debut EP, San Benito. It was aggressive, ground breaking and took the experimental music world by storm. A move to Berlin soon followed along with shows in Russia, France, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Korea and Japan. He’s now released his follow up record, the Irrelevant EP. His confrontational rumba sound continues but now it's neatly placed alongside subtle melodic touches.

Your debut EP San Benito received some pretty serious critical acclaim in the experimental music world. What was that like?

I do remember every time I went to play somewhere, someone knew me. It was surprising to go to say Moscow and have someone come up to me and be like, “oh, you're Moro. I love your music”. It was like that everywhere. Quite shocking and surprising!

You are now based in Germany. How did you come to be living in Berlin and what do you enjoy most about the city?

Actually the first reason is because I knew I could get paid better if I played here in Europe. Berlin is in the centre, I can travel around cheaply and get paid to make music. Also I felt I needed to be in a place that had more traffic and more artists coming and going. I get to see quite a lot of shows. I wanted to be able to connect with other artists. It’s a great place for that, definitely.

Your brand of brutal sound experimentation has continued on your most recent release, the Irrelevant EP. Were there any particular things that inspired you when you were writing these new songs?

Yeah, definitely. I try to have a reason for each sound that I use. It helps me to finish things. When I made that EP, I was thinking a lot about passions. Passions in Argentina and how similar some things are. Two of the biggest Argentinean passions are politics and football. The sounds that come from those scenes are almost the same. The percussion and the chanting are the same, like siblings. A lot of the sounds come from me thinking about media too. And interference between mediums. For example, when you're scrolling between radio stations. When you’re in between stations and they cross over, interesting things happen.

Showtime and Xxandi are fantastic songs. You sing on both. What made you decide to start singing in your music?

I've actually been singing for a long time. When I first started making electronic music or learning how to make music on the computer, I was always making songs. So actually, the weird or different thing for me was to make music without singing. I always knew that I wanted to sing on my songs. Everything is still a learning process. Somehow I feel like I’m wired to make music thinking about a voice. I guess we all make music differently.

Lyrics can connect directly with people.

Definitely. I know the human voice might be the strongest instrument or the one which connects with people the most. But you can definitely find that connection through music with out the voice as well.

When you play live, are your sets all your own music? What devices or instruments do you use when you play?

So far I've been DJing and creating a mixture of my music, remixes and other people's music. I'm starting to make a new live show and that’s definitely going to be all my own music.

Last year you toured through Asia. What kind of parties were you playing on that tour?

The cool thing about the internet is that people who are interested in the same type of music can connect. A the parties I was playing on that tour there where people playing similar music I would be listening to in Argentina, or in Europe, or in the US. It's a very close thing. I mean of course the audience was different, but music wise it would be the same thing. So I didn’t feel like a foreign guy at any of those parties.

Two of the biggest argentinean passions are politics and football. The sounds that come from those scenes are almost the same. The percussion and the chanting are the same, like siblings. moro
Did you have a favourite gig on that Asian tour?

One of shows was on my birthday. They just shut down the lights and brought out a cake for me. It was a beautiful thing. That was in Korea. It was interesting to see the different clubs and people were super respectful and cool. I had an amazing time. It was one of the best months of my life, for sure.

Is there a particular place in Europe that you've been really impressed with the club scene?

Well to be honest, Berlin. They have respect for clubbing in Berlin, in a way that I didn't think about before. It goes beyond other places I've been too. I mean they're very different. I like the sound systems and all the work put into clubs here. There are a lot of scenes here. There's lots of movement.

You recently collaborated with American artist, Lotic. So what was that experience like?

It was very cool. We’re good friends so I had already listened to some of the music. I was super honoured. I respect them a lot. I think Lotik’s contribution to music is very important. So it was a cool thing for me to do.

You were recently back in Argentina. What was it like to be home?

It felt amazing. Everything would make me super emotional. I was so nostalgic. It was crazy. I also know that things are going very bad for the country, but I loved being there. When I say this to people, they are like, “you shouldn’t be here at all”. I’m enjoying my stay outside. I might go back someday because I did love it.

So what are your plans for the rest of this year?

I’m not thinking so much about actually performing live. I’d like to release another record. Right now, my head is so much in to making and composing music. I may go play in Mexico and the USA though! •