Miami Music Week brought the dance music world to its knees this year as the best DJs from all around the world converged on our tiny island. I was lucky enough to sit down with this years' rising star artist, Moguai, to find out how he went from Germany’s main man to an international sensation.
What inspired you to become a DJ?
As I teenager I was a skater and into punk and heavy metal music. In Dusseldorf, where it all began in Germany, I first saw people playing techno music at parties. There was so much energy and revolution in the air and everyone was dancing and going totally mad. I knew I wanted to play this music and be with these people.
How do you feel now that you are a household name?
It feels great. I’ve always had this goal but I got caught up doing too many other things, like producing for other artists. I wasn’t focusing on my own career, but then I decided to stop everything else and make my own music, which I now get to play all the time. It feels great that people appreciate and love what I’ve been doing. It’s been fantastic to travel to other countries and see how the people receive my music. I love it.
How has it been working with people like Joel Zimmerman and Steve Angello?
It’s been great. I appreciate that I get to work with them but I’ve also been able to work with many big names throughout my career as a producer. It’s special for me because they inspire me and we do great things together. It’s very much a collaboration. Good music is what it is all about in the end. If you don’t have the right record and the right surroundings to make the record, forget it. It’s all about the music.
What makes your sound so different than everyone else’s?
I’m not really sure. I think it’s because I don’t copy anyone else. Whether it’s a remix or my own record I am always trying to do something new, something unique. I never want to sound like someone else. It is important to me to be able to do new things that are commercial without being cheesy.
Sitting in a secluded corner at the pool of The W Hotel South beach, Andre Tegeler, better known as Moguai, is anything but cheesy. His cool demeanor, bright smile, and unpretentious attitude only adds to his appeal as one of the worlds leading DJs. Lookout for his new album which drops this summer, its sure to take the dance world by storm.