What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.

Like most producers, I started with no thoughts of the future, I just wanted to try it because music is a big part of my life. I already know some basic stuff with the piano which I learned during high-school for fun. I downloaded some software ( reason / FL studio .. ) and I remember thinking “Ok, I don’t stop until I have a 10 minute track”, I don’t know why, i just did it.

For the first 2 years, it was only like that, just to try. All the tracks are on Soundcloud. I’m not necessarily proud when I listen to them, but I feel very nostalgic. It’s when I started to think about how to sample is when I started the new project (“Mounika”). This is when I decided to work harder, only with samples in the beginning. My first one is named “wake up”, I was proud this time, like “mm i can maybe be a beatmaker”. It was 7 years ago and the project Mounikagrew more than I ever thought. Not much changed for 7 years. Always use Fl studio, always with a midi keyboard, and a little mic.

Provide us with some info about your latest release…

This one is special for me for some reason. I normally use a lot of samples, and I tried for the first time using my piano with my voice for example. It’s very different for me to compose without any sample. I had a routine before and it was hard to stop it. I’m happy to know that I’m not stuck into it, even if I still love it very much.

Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?

It’s a very hard question, every year a lot of musicians / filmmakers inspire me a lot. But I can say that Moby with his Play album had a very huge impact. There is also a movie, “The fountain”, for the picture & the music. It would be a lie to say it’s only them, but that’s definitely something that inspired me.

In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?

I sometimes get messages like “you got something special” etc etc, I really don’t feel that, for me I just make music, and I’m inspired by a lot of artists. In my head I’m just a low-cost version of every artist I admire.

Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…

MMmm it would be something easy to listen to, something I know I would always love so surely Bob Marley with his Babylon By Bus.

For the movie Les Hirondelles de Kaboul, just because I watched it before.

And for the book “Un Atoll et un rêve” of Paul Zumbiehl

Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?

I’m very anxious by nature, so performing live is very hard for me. I’m much more comfortable in my apartment making music, especially when it’s the night.

Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?

When I started the project “Mounika.” a lot of people think that I’m a woman, and got messages from producers trying to seduce me even if they don’t know what I look like.
One time someone wrote “mounika” on his penis and sent the picture to me. I was “what the * ?! “. I can’t imagine how is it for real female producers. They have all my support to work with that.

Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?

I really don’t know how to answer. It’s very hard because I don’t think I have a special track, at least not now. It’s not the question but this week I fell into a track “brek – kaybolan benim gemim”. Here there is something special for me.

Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?

I’m already working on an album and have a lot of ideas for the future. I think about photography / books / drawing.. I would love to make something not necessarily about music in this project. I like music, but I also like a lot of different things. If it’s possible I would love to make the project more personal with different sub-projects.

Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…

You good ?

I’m fine my friend, thanks for asking.

Photo credits: Grégoire de Lillo

Curated by: Christos Doukakis

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