Interview: Mawsua - Oceans

Having released new track ‘Oceans’, American producer Mawsua tells LITM’s Lewis Abbott about his base in the Dominican Republic – and who’d supply the bass at his perfect festival

Review by Lewis Abbott

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Mawsua is an electronic producer whose debut single won fans from Los Angeles to the US. Full of energy, Mawsua’s music flips between genres and this has seen his music start to make an impression on the industry. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with him regarding his newest release ‘Oceans’. Let’s see how it went:

Lewis ) Hi Mawusa, where are you based and how does this affect your writing?

Mawusa) So at the moment, I am in the Dominican Republic, it is a beautiful island. The Dominican Republic has a lot of unexplored genres all around, there is a mix between electronic and Latin that I really like. I've been listening to that type of music lately, this expands my perspective in music, since I am able to experiment with these different type of genres

What inspires you the most right now?

Lately I've been producing with one of my buddies I met in college – he has a sick sound that I really dig. Typically our day consists of him showing me what he's been working on, and then me getting all inspired and working on what he's doing. It is pretty magical I must say.

Where did the idea for ‘Oceans’ come from?

It all started with Allison, the artist who features with me on the song. She has these amazing vocals that gave me a magical touch in my brain when I heard them; her voice is so different and so charming. But wait, that is not the whole story... ‘Oceans’ was supposed to be a three-way collab with another producer, but he had another vision of the project and decided to leave. Allison and I were sceptical about it but decided to simply continue on working our best, releasing it and promoting it as fast as possible. The song has been on hold for more than a year – Allison and I are so happy that the song is finally out and receiving lots of love.

What's your writing methodology?

Typically I turn on my laptop, open up my DAW and start messing around with different sounds until I get something that I really like. Usually, I start with some chords, then a melody, the bassline, and the drums. I just want to be clear that there's no right way of writing or making music, everyone has their own creative process. Never try to change someone's creative process unless it helps the situation for the better.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

I am listening to some QUIX, Basstrick and Rome In Silver. These guys are killing the EDM scene right now... Big hats off!

If you could curate a music festival, who would the three-weekend headliners be?

Oh wow, hold your horses. That's such a great question! I would probably go with Skrillex, Deadmau5 and Flume.