Mot and Krid Exclusive Interview
So Mot and Krid , where are you from and could you tell us a little about your upbringing?
Hey Flyah Magazine. Thanks so much for having me. I really appreciate it. I was born in New York, grew up in Germany and then spent most of my life in Los Angeles. I recently relocated to Germany. I was always taught to work hard, finish school, get my diplomas and degrees and find a steady and safe job. I did none of that. At age 18 I dropped out of school and started working as a free lance drummer. I did go to a music school, to improve my skills as a musician. It worked for me and I have no regrets.
Being a electronica producer what are some of the main things you use to get a track started?
I start most of my tracks on piano. Because of my background as a drummer I know what the beat/groove will be so that’s not always a priority getting started. It is also very helpful to have an idea of the melody or hook. My go to instruments to get basic arrangement going, are probably ReFX and Native Instruments.
What was your first big placement? Could you tell us how that opportunity felt and came about?
For me, as an indie artist without a label, it is not so much about the one big placement but rather a steady approach to release music and remain heard and seen. Some of the highlights throughout the years have been, being playlisted on Spotify, KISSFM/UK, KISSFM/Germany, SiriusXM/BPM, having charted # 1 on Beatport, # 5 UK Music Charts and having been supported by DJ’s such as Andi Durrant, STONEBRIDGE, Judge Jules and JES. Plus network TV placements for Pretty Little Liars/ABC,
CSI NY/CBS and The Vampire Diaries/The CW.
So tell us about your latest project?
Exploding Heart was originally written for Valora, a hard rock band fronted by Syd Duran, who also co-wrote this tune. I played with Valora as musical director but we never released the song during that time. I loved Exploding Heart so much and decided to release it as a Mot & Krid single. I re-recorded lead vocal with my good friend and frequent collaborator, the always scintillating Canadian/Colombian singer Cindy Gomez (Dave Stewart, Ringo Starr, Interscope, indie artist) and added additional guitars with LA session player extraordinaire, Rick Zahariades. We are currently working on an animated music video for Exploding Heart, that will be released later this year on our YouTube channel. www.youtube.com/motandkrid
Pop music is so addicting, what advise would you give a new emerging artist that will help him or her have a successful song?Most of it really comes down to luck and timing. Right pace, right time. Write music from the heart, tell a story, share your life experiences, be genuine, be yourself. Be an original. Everything else has already been done. Then make sure your song gets heard. Be ready if and when success comes your way. Have all your social media up and running and build a fan base.
Who are some of the notable people you have worked with in the past?
I worked with 7 time Grammy winner Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, No Doubt, Dave Matthews Band), Grammy winning producer Bob Margouleff (Stevie Wonder), Grammy nominated DJ/producer STONEBRIDGE, DJ/Producers Moto Blanco, Farius and remixed Katy Perry’s single, Waking Up In Vegas for Capitol Records.
If you could choose a person to do your next project with, who would it be?
That’s always and interesting question. I tend to reach out and contact artists, I’d like to collaborate with. I just had the pleasure of working with Chris Pierce (singer/songwriter) and have a new single coming out May 20 with Redd Carter (Gabriels Rapture Movie, The Other Side). My door is always open.
Do you plan on touring anytime soon?
Unfortunately, no. Because of pandemic I still don’t think it’s safe for me or people who would come to a show. We will see what life will be like in 2023.
Besides music, what are some of the things that bring you inspiration in life?
I love nature, being outdoors, jogging with my 4 legged son, Max the Akita. Running takes my mind off everyday worries and it’s just Max, breathing and my thoughts. I check a lot of mixes and arrangements, I am working on whilst jogging. I find inspiration everywhere I look and go, happy or sad.
Any last remarksSubscribe to www.youtube.com/motandkrid to watch the soon to be released video for Exploding Heart, music videos, vlog, shared adventures, free drum lessons, tutorials and so much more. Big thank you again to Flyah Magazine for this opportunity. I am thrilled to bits to speak to you and be part of the Flyah Magazine family. Stay healthy and happy everyone. Cheers.