Senegalese-American artist, Moha, releases the culmination of his time spent across three continents with first single “A-Side.” A cut off his forthcoming debut full-length album, FIT, Moha channels a rare perspective on what life’s journey entails in different parts of the world.
When I first heard this song I couldn’t help but feel like it should have been released earlier. This song took me right back to summer especially with that calpyso outro.
As a multi-insturmentalist, using his voice, organic instrumentation and production, Moha has managed to capture a unique window into the mesmerizing sounds of each continent. “A-Side” is the first song being released off the album, but not the first piece of the story Moha will be telling. Moha is purposely revealing the songs out of order, adding even more mystery to the ethos of his storytell. While difficult to pigeonhole because of the track’s myriad of influences, “A-Side” is an anthemic pop and R&B mixture that features Moha’s raspy vocals a top of complex aural composition of drums, guitar, and horns.
If unfamiliar, with Moha before now, he recorded and released his first EP, “Things Won’t Always Be The Same,” while working with a few major labels in Paris, and subsequently toured Europe and NYC. Aside from his original work, Moha’s work with Jehro awarded him the prestigous Les Victories De La Musique award for songwriting in France.
IndustryMe caught up with Moha to find out more about the single and his upcoming project.
IM: How would you describe your music to someone who had never heard your music before?
M: Hips movement guaranteed!!! LMAO.. Nah I’d say it’s soulful music. Not Soul, Soulful. Fusion of Afro, Latin with a touch of “Pop” and Reggae..
IM: What is A Side really about?
M: Boy meets girl and all that jazz.. haha.. No seriously, A Side is about my insecurities in general. Not only in a boy/girl type thing, it’s much deeper than that. One second I am very apprehensive and the next one I am overly confident. As a result, the opportunity isn’t seized. It was one of those weeks where a lot of that had happen including meeting that girl. There is so much more into A Side alone but we’ll leave it at that until the album and all the pieces will fit together.. I promise!!
IM: Is there going to be a video for the single?
M: Absolutely. We’ve shot the video already and it should be coming out very soon.
IM: What was it like to work across three continents and how did each experience differ?
M: It was truly a priceless experience. The focus in the music making was really opposite from one place to the other. In Africa, the rhythm section was everything. It’s also the place where I found the music to be the most instinctive, spontaneous you know.. In France, it was all about the pitch and doing things the “right way”. And in the US, your stuff has to be catchy!! I mean, the attention span is so short here. It’s crazy!! But yeah, I’ve learned so much from all of these places. I think that is why my music sounds “unique”.
IM: What can we expect from your debut album?
M: An emotional roller coaster. Each and every song in the album has its own atmosphere and feel. But if you look at the big picture and follow the track order, it is one completely cohesive story. Think of it as different rooms from the same house. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.
IM: Do we have a release date yet?
M: Not a specific day as of yet, but it should be end of January.
IM: Who is on your playlist right now?
M: Right now, I have on repeat The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Judit Neddermann’s Un Segon and Andy Palacio’s Watina.
IM: Who is your celebrity crush?
M: Nathalie Emmanuel
IM: If you could collaborate with any artist dead or alive who would it be and why?
M: Wow. This is a hard one!! There are so many of them alive that I would not even think about the ones that are not. I’d say Pharrell would be very interesting to work with. I am obsessed with his sound placements. Like he would use certain sounds and place them in a very unique way on the beat. Yeah, the timing of those placements really blows my mind
IM: Do you have any upcoming performances?
I have couple showcases in New York and LA and we are also working on a tour starting late January. We should be announcing the dates shortly
IM: Any last shoutouts or plugs?
Shoutout to you for taking the time to talk to me and to you as well for reading and listening to me.. Much Love
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