Mura Masa is the British young-gun producer making waves in the electronic music scene at the moment. At the age of just 20, you can find him playing some of the biggest festival circuits in the world, not to mention the monolithic amounts of hits his Soundcloud tracks are constantly racking up. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
We got the chance to have a chat with the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist so we could all come to understand him a bit better. He’s even hinted to us that he could be hitting our shores sometime towards the end of this year!
SR: Hey Alex, how are you doing?
MM:Yeah I’m pretty good, just woke up actually (laughs).
SR: I’ll probably hit the hay after this chat, that’s the UK to Aus time difference for you! I have a couple of questions here… Mura Masa is a pretty interesting name; could you shed some light on where it came from?
MM: Well, I listen to a lot of heavy metal music and there is this band called Periphery, and they have this song called Muramasa and basically I was looking for a name at the time (laughs).
SR: I know you can play a few different instruments, did you always this idea of wanting to make music and wanting to be a musician or did you have other plans?
MM: I think I always wanted to do music, it was just about making it work and making it viable, because I was at university last year trying to study English but I think at some point you just have to take the leap of faith, and you know, try to make it on your own.
SR: Yeah exactly.
MM: So yeah, It is something I always wanted to do.
SR: Are there any particular electronic artist which you look up to? Inspirations?
MM: I think, the first person I heard who really inspired me to make electronic music was definitely James Blake.
SR: James Blake huh?
MM: Just because I didn’t realise electronic music could be that kind of interesting and post-modern. So yeah his first album, in particular, was important to me.
SR: Cool, so am I correct that you’re working on an album at the moment?
MM: Yeah that’s right.
SR: Could you give us a little more info on that?
MM: I’d say I’m about three-quarters of the way done with it, it’s gonna’ be coming out at the end of summer.
SR: So winter for us over here in Australia obviously.
MM: Right, and it’s going to be a bit different [musically] from what I’ve been doing so far.
SR: You’ve gained quite a bit of popularity at this point. Could you talk about when and how your music first started getting this level of attention?
MM: I guess it started on Soundcloud really. I just uploaded my music online, I think I emailed a couple of blogs, just to kind of get my name out there, and it’s just kind of snowballed after that.
SR: Amazing, I’d love to see you play live, what kind of set up do you get down with?
MM: Um, it’s me, and this girl Bonzai, I’m not sure if you’ve heard of her. And then I play a bit of drum and there’s some keyboards, kind of like a one man band type deal.
SR: Sound like a good time, I’ve been listening to a lot of your stuff recently. You have quite an array of sounds. You’ve put out some really heavy trap beats as well as some way softer stuff like in your recent single ‘What If I Go’. Are you trying to take your sound in a particular direction? Or do you just make what you’re into at the time?
MM: I think the latter really, whatever I feel like at that point I do, I don’t think about it too much, really I think it can be dangerous to overthink it too much.
SR: Have you been to Australia before?
MM: No, I think I’m going to go towards the end of this year or the start of next year, I think I’m going to play a few dates.
SR: I’m looking forward to it! One last question – do you have any tips for young producers like yourself who might not have had the same exposure as you so far?
MM: Produce every day. Just keep doing it every day. Even if you’re making bullshit. Because it’s really valuable to practice.