We had the pleasure of sitting down with MOTi before his performance opening for Blasterjaxx at NYC's Legendary Hammerstein Ballroom. Supporting lineup included Zaxx, Jewelz & Sparks, Firebeatz, & Lestat. Maxximize Tour continues March 17th at Miami's Nautilus Cabana Club.
Oscar: We appreciate your time, thank you. Are there any rituals you do before you have a large performance?
MOTi: I do some shots. And that's about it. But nothing strange.
Oscar: We're very excited about your collaboration with Jay Hardaway on Raider. When can we expect that?
MOTi: I'm not sure. We're still working on it because, like, the version that I play right now is still like a demo. It's not finished at all. So we're still working on it. My new single coming out with Nabiha is next, and I have another single coming out with DVBBS, I think after that, the Jay Hardway collaboration.
Oscar: We've been listening to it on Soundcloud & it's fantastic. How's your tour across Asia, and is that the first time you visited China?
MOTi: I've been to China before. I've done, I think this was my 4th Asia tour. But Asia's nice. I love Asia, you know? It's a very relaxed vibe over there. The weather is good. The people are really nice, humble. Yeah, I like it.
Oscar: You get a chance to do any sightseeing out there?
MOTi: Yeah, yeah, I did. Like the last tour I was there for 30 days, and I only had 8 shows. So between every show I had like 4 or 5 days off, so we did some sightseeing, travel a little bit. I always bring friends with me on tour, so yeah.
Kelly: That's great. What's your favorite part of working on music videos?
MOTi: Well it depends. Some music videos you just get a script and you have to approve if it's okay or not. Sometimes it's shot in Australia, and I'm not even there, you know?
Oscar: Oh really?
MOTi: Yeah. So it kind of depends. Some videos, you're in the video ... you know, it's fun. It's kind of like acting a little bit, but you know, you're not an actor, so it's just something else. It's fun to do.
Oscar: Terrific. Who did you look up to when you started?
MOTi: I think, I started off in a different kind of scene, so more like Steve Bug & Laurent Garnier, more of the techno guys. But yeah, when I started like actually producing and deejaying, Tiesto was of course one of the main guys I looked up to.
Oscar: We're huge fans as well. He's right here in NYC too at Marquee tonight.
MOTi: Yeah, he is. We're going over there later.
Kelly: Did you visit any festivals before you started deejaying yourself?
MOTi: Yeah I did, but you know in Holland festivals have always been a big thing in our life for us. Mysteryland, which is like, kind of like TomorrowLand but smaller.
Oscar: Okay, yeah. And we're huge fans of your collaboration with Sander van Doorn. Can we expect more projects between the 2 of you in the future?
MOTi: Yeah maybe. I'm not sure. Like it was really fun to work with Sander. I like Sander. He's a great guy. He's a nice guy. The collaboration wasn't that hard to make. We made it very quick. We had a good connection in the studio, so yeah I'll probably be working with him some more.
Oscar: Do you think on average working with someone else increases the time to work on the track?
MOTi: I think if you collaborate on the tracks, you know other people have different kinds of ideas. If you put your ideas together, you get a different kind of track than when you're by yourself. I think that's the main point of doing collaborations. It's like creating something that you couldn't create by yourself.
Kelly: What track are you most excited to share with us tonight?
MOTi: My new single, "Turn Me Up.".
Oscar: We look forward to the Feb. 22nd release. After proving yourself extremely versatile in producing from downtempo to big room, do you think you might return to a deep house project such as the ones you did under a previous alias?
MOTi: For me? I'm not sure, like, the thing is with deep house, like deep house now, what they call deep house is not deep house. The main problem now is that deep house become so, like, commercial ... deep house became so popular that, it's more house. It's not deep house, it's house, and they call it deep house. And it's bullshit.
MOTi: Because the real deep house is more similar to techno. It's more underground than what it is now. So yeah, maybe I'm going to do more housey tracks in the future, and maybe deep house, but not deep house under my own name now. Only when I'm doing deep house, it would be more techno than deep house, because that's what deep house is for me.
Oscar: That makes sense. And just one last one. We enjoyed your live stream on Facebook. Do you have a name for the solo track you were working on in your last video stream?
MOTi: No, not yet. We're still working on it. I'm going to try to do a lot more live streams. And I was thinking about maybe doing a live stream where I'm just going to focus on one track and I'm only going to work on it on the live stream. So I think that for the future that would be something cool. So every week on one day I'm just going to tell people: Every week we're going to do 2 hours in studio, and you're going to do it together with me, and then I'm not going to work for another week, and next week we're going to finish it until it's finished, like with the fans together. And I think that's really good ...
Oscar: With their feedback ...
MOTi: Yeah yeah, exactly. And you know, try to build a track together with the fans. I think that would be really cool.
Oscar: Yeah, that sounds really exciting. Well thank you for your time.
MOTi: Yeah no problem. Thank you for having me.