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Getting To Know: Mau P

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Rising producer and DJ Mau P is amongst the newest wave of fresh talent in the tech-house world. The young talent eats, breathes and sleeps music, and was propelled into the industry from a young age. After dropping his debut track ‘Drugs From Amsterdam’, Mau P has quickly shot to success, with the track going viral and breaking into the Top 10 in over 25 Countries. 

Here, we get to know Mau P.

Hey Mau P, welcome to DT. How’s your year going?

Hey guys, thanks for having me. My year has been pretty wild so far. My whole life got flipped upside down ever since Drugs From Amsterdam. I’m very excited for everything that’s about to happen! 

Can you introduce yourself for anyone who doesn’t know you?

My name is Maurits, most people call me Maurice, but my friends in Amsterdam call me “Maupie”. I now go by the artist name Mau P. I’m a producer and DJ. You might have heard my latest song called ‘Drugs From Amsterdam’. 

Where are you based currently?

Amsterdam!

What inspired you to get into music?

Music has always been a very big part of my life as both my parents were professional musicians. My dad played the saxophone and was a conductor and arranger for orchestras. My mom has always sung in a lot of different bands. The house that I grew up in always had a full blown recording studio in it so I basically started playing instruments at the same time I learned how to speak. When I was around 12 I started messing around with producing and pretty soon I fell in love with dance music. 

Your track ‘Drugs From Amsterdam’ is doing really well right now! How did the track come about?

I don’t know how but the whole idea for it just appeared in my head. I felt like the concept for the vocal hook was really strong and the melody that comes after it felt so natural. When I started to actually produce, and lay the track out it all went pretty fast. I found the right sounds and I became really hyped about the song. 

Who are your biggest musical influences?

I don’t particularly have certain artists that I mostly look up to. I think I draw more inspiration from certain eras of music or certain subgenres / cultures. I feel that it’s very important as a producer and DJ to be culturally educated so that you can help push the sound forward (and in the right direction). 

How would you best describe your sound?

It’s deep, dark, ravey, energetic, chaos, vibey, dirty, filthy, fuck you music. 

What does a typical day-in-the-life of Mau P look like?

That really depends on if I’m playing a show or not. If I am playing a show I spend a lot of time looking for new music, making new edits, finishing tracks I was working on, selecting the right tracks for the place that I’m playing at, etc. I and my team also go exploring at the place that we’re at if we have time and try to go for some nice local food. Then we do the show and stay way too long at the club or festival. When I’m at home in Amsterdam I work on music all day and probably do some stuff that my management needs me to do haha.

What is your best advice to anyone starting out in the industry as a producer?

Try to pave your own way as soon as possible and make something that isn’t out there yet. That’s the fastest way to stand out and grow as an artist. I was always looking up to other artists and found myself trying to sound like them. Once I stopped caring about what other people would think I felt completely free and had so much space to get creative. Also, when you produce without feeling any pressure you’ll make the best music of your life. That’s how Drugs From Amsterdam happened for me. 

What are your hobbies outside of music and production?

Can’t really think of any haha. Whenever I have time off I just hang out with friends. I also really like to go to parties or festivals myself. I think that’s really important as a producer and DJ to understand what a crowd would want to hear. 

Are you working on any new material?

I’ve got a lot of new stuff lined up and working on a lot more. There’s one song in particular that a lot of big DJ’s are already playing now. Actually before Drugs From Amsterdam, I already had a lot of new music finished but I’m happy I have the time now to figure out the best planning. 

What can we expect from you in the next year?

A lot of dope new tunes for everyone to rave to and a lot of really cool shows that are being put together right now.

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

The success around Drugs From Amsterdam. 
Mau P’s ‘Drugs From Amsterdam’ is out now. Stream on all platforms here.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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