Moses Mosima is an incredibly talented, up-and-coming artist whose debut EP, Babies, has recently dropped. We at Hypefresh had the upmost pleasure of interviewing the multifaceted singer. So, you can read the Q's and A's, and listen to Babies below. The EP is available for purchase in the iTunes store as well.
Hypefresh: There are many styles present on your Babies EP, for those who haven't heard the project, how would you describe your music?
MM: Eclectic, emotive, heavily textured, beautiful.
Hypefresh: Where does the title of the EP come from?
MM: The title is a reference to what I had to leave behind to finish the project. There was a lot going on in my life when I started the album that forced me to grow up fast in a short time frame; I think of "Babies" as an ode to the younger me.
Hypefresh: Was "DRKSHDS" left off of Babies, or created after the fact? Because it definitely has a much different feel, and I'd like to learn more about it.
MM: It was actually supposed to be on the project. It was the first track I had for it funny enough. That song began a few years ago. By the time Babies was ready I was in a different place than "DRKSHDS" was representative of; but I still felt it needed to be heard. Lots of the styles I have in my songs are triggered by emotions. I just make what I feel then sort it all out later.
Hypefresh: Who are you musical influences?
MM: It probably wouldn't all fit on this page but a few artists that inspire me are: Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Kid Cudi, N.E.R.D., OutKast, Portishead, Radiohead, Beach Boys, MJ, A Tribe Called Quest, etc. etc
Hypefresh: What is your routine before you go into the studio?
MM: When I go to the studio to record I like to work early in the day. I drink tea and do vocal warmups for 30 min to an hour. The nights before I've been going over the lyrics of the song or making final edits. I try to really live with each song during each step of the process.
Hypefresh: If you could go on tour with any artist (alive or dead) who would it be? Why?
MM: I'd love to go on tour with Kanye. His stage design is incredible and I'd love to see what goes into setting it up. The logistics of it fascinate me.
Hypefresh: Other than music, what are some of your hidden talents?
MM: My dry sense of humor and my fast improving dutch rolling skills.
Hypefresh: Hahaha! If you could live anywhere in the world, where it be and why?
MM: I've wanted to live in Japan all my life. I think that comes from being obsessed with Anime, Manga, and Japanese culture as a kid. It's such a different culture than the one I was raised in that I think the culture shock would be refreshing. I'm all about fresh perspectives.
Hypefresh: If you were stuck on a deserted island and could only bring three albums with you, which would you choose?
MM: 1. Midnight Mauraders-Tribe, 2. Kid A- Radiohead, and 3. Underneath the Pine- Toro y Moi. I've listened to and could listen to these three for a long time to come.
Hypefresh: What's on your music playlist?
MM: Usually whatever I find on SoundCloud. I listen to an inordinate amount of trap music sometimes lol. I'm always scavenging for new sounds or samples so what I listen to in a day could vary from Playboi Carti to Dorothy Ashby.
Hypefresh:Pick one television show/cartoon you'd want to live in the world of.
MM: I'd definitely want to live in the world of a Hayao Miyazaki movie. Probably Princess Mononoke because that's my favorite.
Hypefresh: When someone listens to your Babies EP 10 years from now, what is the central message you would want them to leave with?
MM: I want it to be more a vibe that sticks to your rib. A feeling of a certain time and place. My favorite albums are that for me, so I'd love to be able to invoke that same feeling for whoever hears Babies a decade from now.
Hypefresh: Any tips for upcoming artists?
MM: I don't often give out advice, usually just encouragement; but if I had to I'd say: "Don't ever stop playing, creatively nourishing your inner child is so important."