MOT talks about his origins, future and latest ‘Jackie Chan’ remix for Tiesto
After announcing himself onto the Dance music scene with the thumping and hard-hitting single titled ‘Big Bad Wolf’, Italian DJ and producer Tommaso Poggi is back on song with yet another potential hit. The Milan based producer who is better known by his MOT moniker has already shown a keen knack for producing well within his sound with a sumptuous set of originals and remixes, all of which are available on his Soundcloud profile. Now – for something special – the Italian looks ready to dip his feet into brand new waters with a remix for none other than Tiesto and Dzeko’s collaboration with Preme & Post Malone titled ‘Jackie Chan‘.
Taking on a different outlook for this production while donning the same producer clothes, MOT admittedly takes on a different style of production for this remix – which he concedes has come around through surprise and experimentation. Divulging from his usual Trap style of production, the Italian producer addresses our concerns regarding a new outlook to his sound in this exclusive interview. Also addressed are questions regarding his origins, his latest remix and of course, the way for the future.
How long have you been a producer/DJ for? Tell us about the origin of your music. What inspired you to pursue your career as an artist?
I had my first approach into the world of electronic music back in 2011, inspired by the sound of the Bingo Players who influenced and innovated the sound of the scene during this period. Since then I couldn’t stop falling in love with the genre and decided that making music would be my only goal. What pushed me to move my project forward was the idea of transmitting through my music, creating a bond between me and my listeners.
Who do you consider to have been your biggest influences throughout your career that have made an impact on your productions?
Avicii. I wouldn’t know how to answer anything else, Tim was my constant font of inspiration from sick ‘Bromance’ to ‘Dear Boy’, every track had a huge meaning for me as a producer. Him passing away pushed me to express myself through music even more, just like he taught us with his work.
Tell us a bit on your latest remix of Tiesto & Post Malone’s new track ‘Jackie Chan’. What was the decision behind remixing it? Could you describe us the process of making it? What were the inspirations and main idea/s behind it?
‘Jackie Chan’ was a beautiful experiment. I heard the track when it was first released and thought it would be a great idea to dive into a genre I had never tried before. I closed myself for a couple of days in the studio and after many attempts found a result pretty different from what I usually produced.
Speaking of your latest remix, it is quite different from your previous trap-oriented remixes; Are you hinting at taking your music in a new direction or do you just like experimenting with new sounds?
Yeah, it is very different. In the last months I experimented in the studio with new sounds and ideas, far different from what I’ve been doing in the last few years and I found a fresh and melodic style. ‘Jackie Chan’ was my first experiment within this new style and I’m looking forward for my forthcoming remix and most importantly, a single.
Take us back to your house heater you had released earlier titled ‘Big Bad Wolf’. Could you tell us the story behind this track? Describe to us the process and decision in treating the sample.
‘Big Bad Wolf’ for me was a bet. I loved the track since I started playing in clubs, I always found the vocal an absolute masterpiece. After I found the a-capella I thought about making a fresh modern styled remix with a pinch of classic house sounds.
What does the rest of 2018 hold in store? Any hints or clues that we could get about future productions and collaborations? Any interesting gigs in the pipeline?
2018 will be a year of progression and evolving, I’ll re-style my production and my way of making music, I’ve got great works and collaborations under my sleeve, as well as a new single with a singer which worked with some of the biggest names in the EDM scene. Next in the list is the released of my new remix for “This is America” and this will be different from all others around there, soon I’ll be giving away the dates of release on my social networks.
You can check out MOT’s remix for Tiesto and Dzeko’s ‘Jackie Chan’ here.