T.O.P. Interviews: /beyond/ (Urban Legend,ES)

/beyond/ is Mora, a rising star from Barcelona. An artist with love for vintage and analog. He is spreading light through his dark sound. Like a modern wizard of the synths. Melodies emerged where you can discover light through darkness. This is the fruit of his personal journey through a melancholiac musical abyss, through nowhere, through cosmic channels. His music is  his personal statement and life style. A dynamic combination of slow well worked rhythms and melodies accompanying rebellious beats and lunatic voices. This is something like the introduction to Mora´s multidimensional performances. All presented through his last EP as /beyond/Now I see there´s light /beyond/ darkness on his record label Urban Legend.

Knowing him personally, Mora is an artist that does not simply make music but he is music himself and he manages to transmit his message playing with his  magical instruments. We cannot wait for his live act at Mira Festival in Barcelona in only a few days…mora04.JPG

T.O.P.:Hi Mora, what is /beyond/.. tell us few things about this project

M.: Well it starts during a gloomy period of personal crisis with moments of many changes that makes me break the rules and re-plan my life looking for different ways of being, of expressing myself with freedom, therefore talking about /beyond/ is like talking about darkness or better said about the deeper search of the light. I can say that it is a very personal project linked to what happens to me and the fact that i have found myself.

T.O.P.: We have already experienced /beyond/ in vinyl? how did this EP come up?

M.: The name of it is “Now I see light /beyond/ darkness” and it consists of 5 tracks which are more than 2 years old. I’ve always had an enormous interest to edit them although I had been going through a confusing period and the creation of these tracks has been a very interesting therapy for me. It was the moment where I had started being confident about what I was doing. Also I have managed to collaborate with people who are closest to me. I’ll take this chance to say thank you to my supreme photographer that you know, Teresa Espadafor, who captured that important period I was going through and she gave the image to my record. I also want to thank DDF studio for the mastering and Jorge Cumbre(Piss&laugh TV)for the art work. A work cooked with loads of love from our own record label Urban Legend.

T.O.P.: How do you find the electronic music of Barcelona ? What’s missing and what cool things are coming from the city?

M.: Barcelona is an amusing city with popular festivals and with international line ups almost every night. Although in my opinion, what it is really interesting and I would definitely recommend over the underground scene over here which consisted of local djs and artists. I do not really understand how these guys are not considered by the big promoters of the city…There are constantly new  labels coming up, more shops, more music and also more people involved in the scene but I suppose we still need time for everything to take hold, although this is a big conversation.

T.O.P.: What are your influences and your aspirations?

M.: I am coming from  Seville (Andalusia) the home of flamenco and Easter week, therefore I see a lot of melancholy in my music. I also notice influences of the minimalism of 70s, artists such as Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Jean Michel Jarre. Above all, I like to experiment and I want to be a sort of punk while creating. Today, I am very much interested in tribal and ancient rhythms and instruments and I hope that you will soon be able to listen to what I have been working on for so long. 

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T.O.P.: Any upcoming events? Where could we listen to your music live?

M.: Well, the 12th of November I am performing at Mira festival. A new live act with audiovisuals cooked by Piss & Laugh TV in collaboration with Marta Barceló. It will be a tribute to Val del Omar who I consider one of the most advanced artists and he is also a fellow countryman. I feel very satisfied cause I will share the stage with one of my idols Esplendor Geométrico ,also with Death in Vegas, Alissando cortini, lakker and many other big names. Next Sunday on the 13th, I will be with my record label Urban legend in the Cercle nights together with  our guest Eomac, for his first time in Barcelona. Also on th 9th and 10th of December I will be djing for a special dark night in Bicefal festival. I will perform a 4 hours set on Friday and on Saturday as Live AV with Vessel and Samuel Kerridge, Cut Hands etc. A line-up that seems very promising, indeed.

T.O.P.:What type of hardware do you use to produce and which of them is your favourite one?
M.:The one that I really fancy is the Juno 60, we were born the same year and I believe we have the same type of soul but also my Gipson les Paul that I have been maintaining for more than 11 years and now so is already quite old. Recently I have bought a new Sherman filterbank that I use as base to transform audio and also for composition.
T.O.P.: Is there any awkward situation you have experienced at any of your live acts?

M.: I have been really impressed playing last Spring at Celobert, a festival where one of its stages was in a library. It was very special, the silence, the acoustics and the energy of the people that stop doing their stuff and started feeling comfortable following the mood. It was a very brilliant journey and very emotional for me and to be honest it is quite difficult  to explain to you what happen during the concert. I totally recommend to bring music to these kind of places.

T.O.P.: Which is your favourite album?
M.: Just to think about it I am getting goosebumps. LA LEYENDA DEL TIEMPO of CAMARON DE LA ISLA . A timeless record that I recommend to anyone. Thank you for your time!

T.O.P: Thank you Mora for your heartfelt interview!

credits to our lovely  photographer Teresa Espadafor, who also inspires Mora.

/ be y o n d / Mira Festival 2016 from Piss & Laugh TV on Vimeo.

Related links:

http://www.mirafestival.com/en/artista/beyond-live-av/

Interview in Spanish/Entrevista en español:

T.O.P.:Hola Mora, Que es /beyond/? Cuentanos un poco de este proyecto..
M.: Pues se inicia durante una crisis personal, momentos de cambios y penumbra que
me llevan a romper patrones y replantearme la vida, buscando nuevas maneras de
vivir y expresarme con libertad, por eso hablar de beyond es hablar de oscuridad o
mas bien del la busqueda elusiva de la luz. ahora puedo decir que es un proyecto
muy personal atado a todo lo que me sucede y con el que me e encontrado a mi
mismo.
T.O.P.: Hace nada hemos tenido un sabor de Beyond en vinilo? Como ha surgido este
EP?
M.: Se llama Now i see There´s light /beyond/ darkness y lo forman 5 tracks que ya
tienen mas de dos años, pero tenia un interés enorme por editarlo ya que lo escribí
en una época confusa y fue una terapia interesante, también fue el momento en
que empece a creer en lo que hacía, ademas, an colaborado los mas cercanos a
mi ,desde aquí le doy las gracias a la suprema fotógrafa que tu conoces Teresa
Estafador,por captar ese momento de mi persona y que le ha dado la imagen al
disco, la pasterización de DDF studio y el art work de Jorge Cumbre culminan un
trabajo cocinado con mucho amor desde nuestro propio sello “Urban Legend
Record Label”.
T.O.P.: Como encuentras la escena de música electronica en Barcelona? que es lo que
mola y lo que falta?
M.:Barcelona es una ciudad muy divertida con festivales de renombre y
programaciones internacionales cada noche, pero en mi opinion lo verdaderamente
interesante y que yo recomiendo es una escena undregraund donde se pueden ver
a artistas puros locales que no entiendo como pasan desapercibidos para los
grandes promotores de la ciudad, cada vez hay mas sellos ,mas tiendas ,mas
música y mas gente implicada con muy buen gusto, supongo que aun falta un poco
de tiempo para que todo frague pero dará mucho de que hablar.

T.O.P.:Cuales son tus influencias e inspiraciones?
M.: Yo soy de Sevilla (Andalucía), la cuna del flamenco y la semana santa, así que veo
en mi música mucho de esa melancolía,también noto influencias del minimalismo
de los 70 , grupos como Tangerine dream, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre ,que me
gustan mucho pero sobre todo me gusta experimentar y ser un puncky a la hora de
crear. hoy en día estoy muy interesado en los ritmos e instrumentos tribales y
ancestrales espero que pronto puedan escuchar en lo que llevo trabajado este
tiempo atrás.
T.O.P.: Algunos próximos eventos donde podríamos escuchar al Beyond en directo?
M.: Pues el 12 de noviembre presento en Mira festival, nuevo live con una contraparte
visual cocinada por Piss & Laugh TV en colaboración con Trama
barcelona ,haciendo un tributo a Val del Omar, para mi uno de los artistas visuales
mas revolucionarios y paisano mío, muy contento por que es una edición donde
compartire escenario con uno de mis ídolos ,Esplendor Gométrico ,también Death
in Vegas, Alissando cortini, lakker y muchos grandes mas, el siguiente domingo 13
estaré en las noches de Cercle con mi sello Urban legend y Eomac como invitado
por primera vez en barcelona, también el 9 y 10 de diciembre estaré en una edición
muy dark y especial de Bicefal festival como dj set de 4 horas el viernes y el sábado
como Live AV también con Vessel, samuel Kerridge, cut Hands etc, lo cual pinta
mas que bien.
T.O.P: Que equipos utilizas para producir y cual de estos es tu favorito?
M.: Con el que mas agusto me siento es Juno 60, nacimos el mismo año y creo que
tenemos el mismo alma ,pero también mi Gipson les Paul que la conservo desde
los 11 años y ya esta muy mayor ,ahora tengo nuevo en el estudio un Sherman
filterbank que utilizo como base para transformar audios y componer.

T.O.P: Alguna historia rara ? Algo que te ha pasado en alguna de tus actuaciones?
M.: Me impresiono bastante tocar la pasada primavera en “Celobert “ un festival donde
uno de sus escenario se localiza en una biblioteca y fue bastante especial el
silencio, la acústica y la energía de la gente que dejo de hacer sus cosas se
acomodo y fue un viaje bastante lindo, muy emocionante para mi y difícil de
explicar lo que sucedió durante el concierto, recomiendo llevar la música a esos
lugares.
T.O.P: …Y por ultimo.. cual es tu album favorito?
M.: Nada mas de pensarlo se me ponen los bellos de punta .LA LEYENDA DEL
TIEMPO , de CAMARON DE LA ISLA un disco transgresor donde los halla y que
recomiendo a todo el mundo que lo escuche.
Gracias por vuestro tiempo.

Gracias a ti Mora!

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