“The worst thing about the music industry? That it’s clinging on to an out-of-date business model.”

Why music?

Because it can fulfill your life.

If you weren’t making music what would you be doing?

Cooking or gardening.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Go with your gut and follow your passion.

What inspires you?

Good food, love, nature, walks, train rides, emotions…

What’s the next big thing?

Flying cars!

Best club experience?

Not exactly a ‘club’ experience… my 18th birthday party in an old bunker packed with friends in my hometown in Scotland.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

Lucky that I have never had a ‘worst’, but imagine the smell working in a fish and chip shop!

How do you know when a track’s finished?

When I’m happy with it… Again, trust your gut.

What was your last day job and when did you realise you could give it up?

Working in an audio post production studio for TV and film. My job ended and so I seized the chance to dive into music 100%.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Chilly Gonzales – ‘White Keys’

What’s the easiest way to make it in the music industry?

You tell me!

Recommend us a film.

Coffee & Cigarettes (Jim Jarmusch)

Recommend us a book.

Not sure if it exists in English… Rainer Maria RilkeDie Verwandlung der Welt ins Herrliche: Über das Glück

What or who is overrated?

Kanye West.

What are you addicted to?

Pork buns from O.M.K. in Vienna…

What do you lust over?

Great food (ramen, sushi, pulled pork, ribs, etc. etc…)

What is your greatest regret?

Throwing away a photo album.

What one thing would most improve your life?

Having a cleaning lady…

Collaboration: rich creative experience or pain in the ass?

Depends on who you work with.

What’s the secret to a great mix?

To tell a story that is diverse and dynamic.

If you could only listen to one more track, what would it be?

‘Maybe The Last Time’ – James Brown.

How do you relax?

Cooking and going for walks.

What one piece of software/kit could you not do without? Why?

Soundtoys! Amazing effects.

Art or money?

Art and enough money to be able to carry on making music.

Strangest place you ever wrote a track?

I can’t think of any strange places, but places outside my studio would be trains, planes, airports, parks…

Must-read blogs/forums?


What’s your single biggest frustration in the music industry?

That it’s clinging on to an out-of-date business model.

What’s the worst thing about making music?

Waiting for it to be released…

What’s your motto?

Never try, never know

Tweet us a tip. What’s the best production advice you can give in 140 characters or less?

Learn to EQ and select sounds that compliment each other and have there own space in a mix.


MOTSA’s Moments EP is out on April 1st on Southern Fried Records. Find him on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

29th March, 2016

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