Mokushi: Hardcore, Hard DnB, Crossbreed
Maniak: This time around we step up our game, and we interview a true Crossbreed artist, representing the Balkans and Bulgaria. A real underdog, who better not left unattended. Simeon, Welcome to Aegis! Right of the back i want to ask you when you say “Mokushi is to electronic music, what thrash metal is to blues”. To those unfamiliar with your music what is it that you mean by this phrase?
Mokushi: The idea behind the project is to combine the heaviest elements of different electronic genres and deliver it in a way you would find different, yet similar. Mokushi is not specifically hardcore techno, since I made a lot of dubstep and crossbreed tracks under that name that are distinctively heavy. You wouldn't play Mokushi when trying to relax. :) As to comparing Mokushi to Thrash metal, you could say there is a lot of similarities – the galloping bass lines, the constant barrage of distorted sounds and high range screeches similar to guitar distortions.
Maniak: As you said you are making heavy crossbreed music, and hardcore among other, what made up your mind to choose making such music?
Mokushi: Hardcore techno is what I focused on, because it really used to inspire me when I was young. It was music completely different from everything else, there was breakbeat, it was everywhere, there was IDM, it was on MTV (Aphex Twin etc.), there was, however, those obscure and really heavy 4x4 beats I was really interested in. When I got my hands on a Dione CD, everything changed, haha. I just prefer hardcore over other musical styles most of the times, because it makes me move, Gabber is, as one of my EP's is called, “Instead of Coffee”.
Maniak: Making music demands to have creativity and being creative. With that in mind, what does the phrase “being creative” mean to you?
Mokushi: Creativity may be fueled by many different things. I have seen many people trying to produce underground electronic music for the fame and glory... which is silly. If you want bitches, fame and money, you should focus on house, EDM, trap and all the other minimalistic forms of sound that are so popular right now. When you make underground music, you make it for yourself. You make it in your own image and vision. Having others enjoy it is just a plus.
Maniak: I want to take you back to when you first started making music. Can you remember that very first time when you realised that making music was something you absolutely had to do?
Mokushi: Maybe a decade ago or more I came to the conclusion that I want to constantly make music. I used to write scripts for movies and games, used to write logic patterns for gameplay styles that didn't exist back then... and eventually I realized that music is a much more realistic way to let my soul perform and express itself. The need for expression is the real reason I haven't stopped making music yet. I especially enjoy expressing myself with music with little to no lyrics, because then you have achieved the highest form of expression... the non-verbal one.
Maniak: Music plays an integral role in our society. What do you think an artist must ought to be?
Mokushi: There are many roles artists used to play in the past, nowadays the roles are pretty pathetic. Famous musicians, actors, painters etc. are now public figures pushing agendas onto people in a form of brainwashing more extreme even than television. Those same artists will stomp around the same sounding style and evolve only in their choice of sponsors and corporate lords. Even in the underground hardcore scene, you can see the attempts to commercialize hardcore music to such an extend it looks silly. You would say I have the most to gain from turning hardcore into pop music, but you forget – I am born in Bulgaria, this means nothing financially good that happens in the world will ever affect me. :D
Maniak: Unfortunately our time is running out, I would like to ask you one last silly question. Let's imagine there was an apocalypse. What role would artists take in the post-apocalyptic world?
Mokushi: Mostly dying, I believe, but if we are talking about a few hundred years after an apocalypse, they will probably be the shamans and gurus of the tribal life that will follow. It is normal, because they will be the only entertainment left... no more Youtube, no more Netflix... only a broken guitar and mutated family members.
Maniak: Thank you for your time and wishing you the best!
Mokushi: I wish you all the best and remember – when life throws swords at you... equip them!
Mokushi on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MokushiBG/