Friday Q&A with a Bali resident

This week with Valy Mo

The basics.

Where are you from?
I come from the border between France & Germany.

How old are you?
Currently 32.

How long you been in Bali?
1 year and a half.

How did you first get into electronic music? Like, was there a certain moment it all made sense?
I went to a festival in 2008 with friends to see a performance of System of a Down. I was not into electronic music at that moment. There I discovered the energy of 2 Electro acts: Justice & Vitalic. The day after, my friends and I got our first electronic music software to produce.

What do you think makes electronic music so good?
Electronic music has no limits, different styles and an infinite range of possibilities. When I started music, it was just with my guitar at home, but I felt limited by my skills. By discovering electronic music I was able to recreate the melodies and vibes that my mind was imagining. I was so excited that I ruined one year of University by producing instead of studying.

So you have been producing music?
Yes, since 15 years. I signed my first EPs on the labels of Skrillex (Owsla), Tiësto (Musical Freedom), Tchami (Confession) and worked with Spinnin Records for some releases. But I also produced original creations for brands (Smirnoff, VICE.com, Mercedes to quote the biggest); for TV Shows on Hulu, and hits for other artists in many different genres as a ghost-producer. Beside producing, I’m also the A&R for Den Haku Records, a successful growing label in electronic music.
I’m now combining Electronic Music & Rock Songs in my shows and in my productions. It’s working more than I could expect!


How long have you been a DJ and how would you describe your music you make or play?
I started DJing at the same time I started producing, 15 years ago. For me the 2 disciplines are going together. I started to play for birthdays & private parties. I was shy and not confident in High School, creating and playing music was a therapy for me. I think it was the same story for many DJs & producers. If you recognize yourself in these lines, big up!

What’s your favourite area in Bali to hang out (day-time)?
During my free days, I like to visit the island and the different areas it offers. My favorite place is Ubud, I always come back from there fully recharged and inspired for the studio sessions.



What’s your favourite place in Bali at night (where you don’t work)?
Virgin beach camp, with friends, a guitar & BBQ.
My 5th floor rooftop, contemplating the island lights with a cigarette.

What do you do in your spare time? Any other interests?
When I’m not producing music, I mostly search for new places to visit, new food to eat. I recently went to Amed for fishing and visiting the Lempuyang temple, it’s a unique place!

Where are you a resident, or regular DJ?
I’m performing at Shishi (Seminyak). Each of my shows is unique and filled with high energy! If you pass by, after reading this Q&A, come and say hello!

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