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Motez’ soundscape pushes the boundaries of your regular club producer, going way back before he was making wholesome, wall-to-wall club cuts and rocking festivals stages. His classical piano know-how and clear influences of the 90’s allows him to flex his skills and musical-taste across all of his releases, chalking up six Hype Machine #1s, an ARIA Gold single and dropping official remixes for Disclosure, Sam Smith, Goldlink and Ellie Goulding. Motez is also a regular on mix series Diplo & Friends, Beats1 Radio, Triple J Mix Up and George FM.

Australian producer Motez has garnered a fanbase across the globe for his expressive and purposeful approach to dance music, and now, the Adelaide-based producer impresses listeners with his new EP ‘ReSet’. The release follows up his 2020 EP ‘Soulitude’ which was a minimal, emotive and ambient style release that was positioned to help those who were struggling with the effects of the global pandemic. Whereas the new offering, ‘ReSet’ draws on elements of hard dance, dark synths and techno to create a piece of music that is a reflection of the world’s countries’ current state of frustration. Motez shares “This EP is about turning the page, it’s about change and how cathartic it can be even when you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Motez elaborates on what inspired this body of work, “This release encompasses a year’s worth of music exploration while I was going through a lot of change personally, emotionally and musically. It’s a manifesto of a very turbulent year, almost like the dark sibling to last year’s ‘Soulitude’. While ‘Soulitude’ was a journey into emotions through the lens of the pandemic and the way we as humans grappled with this newfound sense of loneliness and isolation in a more contemplative way, ‘ReSet’ turns the dial the other way, it’s angry and rebellious, it taps into feelings of being bold and obnoxious. Like ‘Soulitude’, it still tackles sadness but in a much louder, and more defiant way.”

Today, he joins on the podcast for the first time. Listen to it below, on Mixcloud or iTunes here.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
Close your eyes, put your head down and dance

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
I think this mix selection is based on my favourite tracks at the moment but if I have to pick one I’d say my tune Synthesize

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
No-nonsense dance music: rolling basslines, big snares and dark atmosphere

Tell us about your next EP?
It’s pretty much my personal cathartic experience dealing with isolation and no-touring, it deals with all of that in a more rebellious and defiant way, it’s brooding and dark. Comes after the more contemplative audiovisual EP called ‘Soulitude’ that I released last year, ‘ReSet’ is the darker, more aggressive sibling to that EP. Sonically I drew a lot of inspiration from Techno, Dark Disco and Coldwave music that you can hear in this mix

What have you got coming up?
Working on a few new releases including a remix for one of my favourite Australian bands.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Thanks a lot for listening, I hope you enjoy what’s in the mix and that you stream my EP ReSet.

Tracklist:

Tunnelvisions – King Cobra
Motez – Andes
The Kite String Tangle – North (Motez Remix)
Trance Wax – Buel Un Latha (Kevin de Vries Remix)
Motez feat. Lauren L’aimant – Gone
Motez – ReSet
Theus Mago – Shame
E-Bony – Omar Was Right
Daniel Monaco, Sauvage World – Tenerè (Fabrizio Mammerella Remix)
Cousin – Ritual
Pablo Bozzi – Last Vision
Motez – Synthesize (Extended Club Edit)
Dense & Pika – Hollow Tip

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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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