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An interview with Moudy Afifi (Disclosed Records)

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Moudy Afifi begins his independent work. This uniquely inspired musician, who has made a name for himself through a handful of tasty songs.

His music is unclassifiable, but it has no rival. Close your eyes and let the sensations flow.

When and how did you get your interest in electronic music?

My love for music & specifically electronic music started very early on, but i never thought that i’ll end up making music some day since i didn’t have any musical background & frankly back then i didn’t have the time to learn anything since i was partying most of the time. I was there when the electronic music scene started in my country Egypt, if i remember correctly it was in 1998/1999 when real gigs started happening there, i can still remember very well the first major gig i attended in Cairo, it was held by Gatecrasher & the DJs were Agnelli & Nelson and that moment when they dropped Tiesto’s remix of Delerium’s “Silence” i knew i was hooked to this type of music.

What have you been doing with your time in lockdown in your city or country?

To be honest nothing much have changed because i’ve already been on lockdown for several years now in my country since i finished my music studies in the UK, since then i’ve been completely focused on improving the quality of my music, i only went out for a couple of hours every day to the gym.

Not to mention that in my country there was never a full lockdown, it was only at night and didn’t stay for long compared to other countries around the world.

How do you assess the trajectory you have had and what were the reasons that led you to start it?

I started learning how to make music online as a hobby by the end of summer 2013 after returning from a trip to Ibiza. By the end of 2014 i released my first remix on a well known Russian label for a very well established artist there through a remix contest that i found online, at this point i started to realize the potential of what i could be able to accomplish if i put in the time & effort required, so i decided to start by studying professionally everything i can about music.

It’s probably the craziest decision i’ve ever made when i decided to start from scratch while i was at the peak of my previous career, but i also believe that it’s the smartest thing i’ve ever done for my self since i found my real passion.

What was your criterion when producing your last Single?

Well most of my recent releases were pretty much club oriented since my plan has always been to create the music that i will play in my gigs, but since most people around the world are currently listening to music on their headphones not in clubs i decided that i should start working on a single that could work well for both scenarios. So i started coming up with ideas & looking for some nice vocal samples online and eventually “I Can Feel” was ready for release.

Could you recommend a set that you are especially proud of, and that we can see on your Soundcloud or on YouTube?

Yeah sure, i’ve recently played a 3 hour set at a well known club in Egypt but i can’t mention the name here since it was not official, i was invited by some friends to play there since it was them and their friends mostly attending. So i recorded the last hour of this set and edited most of the tracks for a faster flow & recently posted it on my Soundcloud.

Here’s the link :

What can you tell us about the scene of your city? What would you improve?

In Egypt the electronic music scene has been booming for a while now in terms of gigs, but since the lockdown & restrictions things have slowed down a bit, but now it’s on the rise again with bigger names coming every week or so since most countries of the world are not allowing it to happen.

I believe the major problems we currently have in Egypt are the lack of clubs & residencies. Most gigs happening here are very random in timing & music styles which makes it hard for anyone to know exactly where to go if they want to listen to their preferred style of music.

Also a couple of years ago there were almost no electronic music schools in Egypt which is now changing very fast with many schools opening every year which will help a lot of young producers to learn professionally even if they can’t afford to travel abroad so i’m expecting to see many Egyptian talents ion the rise these coming years.

Finally, what can you tell us about your present and future projects?

I’m currently working a remix request that i’ve recently received, i’ve also been asked by a couple of labels for an EP for each, so for the next couple of months i’ll try to balance between releasing music on labels that shows interest in my music & building a solid catalogue for my label Disclosed Records.

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