If you have never heard of Mooryc, here are the basics: the young Pole is a music academy graduate hailing from the city of Poznan, who started dabbling in electronica after discovering that music can be made on a computer. Known for his excellent live performances and highly characteristic sound, Mooryc is one of the most talented and hotly tipped young Polish producers at the moment.
There aren't many artists out there who put in the time and effort that Mr Zimmerman does, so be sure to check out the latest installment of Muno.pl's podcast series.
Muno.pl When I was thinking of what my first question should be, it occurred to me that I should ask you whether you are aware of the fact that your music has a special quality that makes people fall in love with it...But if you want, we can skip it and move to the next one...
Mooryc: I'll be more than happy to answer your question. No, i wasn't aware that my music has the quality you mentioned. But I will say that I always get very excited when I receive positive feedback from someone, because being successful in the music industry means having a well oiled promotional machine made up of competent people who know what they are doing. For the time being, I am unfortunately on my own, so I always try to relish compliments such as the one you just gave me.
You are a music academy graduate, and you can play several instruments. Sometimes, you use instruments in your productions. How much of your music is recorded live?
I only use two exterior instruments, namely, a microphone and a synthesizer. I sometimes play the latter live, while at others I don't, and prefer to program it, send it through MIDI and then manipulate the sound on the fly while I'm recording a track. On the other hand, I use my microphone as a means of recording a wide range of sounds that I later use either when putting together a beat, or recording some background sounds. Besides that,I don't actually record as many live sounds as I used to. Now, I only sometimes record the guitar or any other instrument that someone may have happened to leave at my house, meaning that I get to play around with it. Nonetheless, for me, the most important part of the music making process is production. Regardless of what instrument I happen to record live, I still have to process, arrange, and cut whatever sounds I am dealing with, so playing one is actually never my main focus.
To date, you have not released that much music, but the Douglas Greed remix of your track 'Turn Left' was charted by none other than Richie Hawtin. Are you the type of producer who spends a lot of time in the studio?
To be honest, I pretty much spend most of my time in the studio. I actually have a lot of recorded material, and I'm constantly working on something new. Most of it hasn't seen the light of day because I don't want to release my tracks on the conditions I have been offered to do so thus far. Nowadays, pretty much anybody can release music on a grand scale thanks to the legions of net labels (which more often than not release sub par music) that have come into existence in recent times. And I don't expect a small label run by one person to be capable of ensuring the right amount of exposure. That being said, I would like my music to be issued on a bigger label, which has at least some name recognition. But I don't want it to be a Polish label. So, now you see why I don't actually release too much material. I was in touch with Mille Plateaux at one point, but things didn't work out. More recently, I have been keeping in touch with Freude am Tanzem, so maybe someday I'll manage to have something released on that label.
Can you tell me something about the project you were involved with called Mooryc & an_Arche NewMusicEnsemble?
That was a collaboration between myself and a band, some of the members of which happen to be very good and long time friends of mine. I've known one of them, Filip Walcerz, ever since I was a child. He is involved in a number of different projects, one of them being an_Arche, which consists of Filip, a guy named Rafal Zapala, and a number of other musicians with a music academy background. Seeing as how we have known each other all our lives, Filip and I on more than one occasion have had the opportunity to talk about music in general, and about using elements of electronic music in more classical stuff. One day Filip asked me to write something for his band. And that was that. The next thing I knew I was at their concert sitting on stage with the rest of the band. It was a very interesting experience because it was all about team work, regardless of whether we were planning something, or improvising.
Would you consider yourself a songwriter?
No. I'm not even a vocalist. I'm just a producer.
Would you ever consider working with a vocalist? Would you let a female vocalist sing on one of your tracks?
I have remixed tracks that had female vocals on them, and it was an interesting experience. But to answer your question, I can't see myself working with someone else in this respect. I think I would actually start using the people I was working with. Wait, strike that, I'm sure I would end up using them.
Johnny Cash and Brian Adames met in your kitchen one day...Who else is a guest in your home? What kind of music inspires you?
To be blunt, that was a weird cover that was done as more of a joke. I learned the art of having fun with music from time to time from Ksawery Wojcinski, who is a master musician with an above average sense of humor. Oh, and before the aforementioned cover I did one of a song by Mad Season...What do I listen to at home? Well, frankly speaking, I only listen to my own music. Even when I leave the house and put on my headphones, the only thing I listen to is my own music. Why? I like listening for mistakes, analyzing them, and later trying to actually learn something in the process, like which sounds don't fit together and why. After that, I listen to the stuff I personally consider to be extraordinary and compare them with my tracks. I very rarely listen to music for leisure, because regardless of where I am and what I'm doing, I automatically start focusing on things like production value.
What are your plans for the near future?
I was planning to take a break, because in the last little while I have been obsessively sitting in the studio up to the point that I haven't been doing anything else. I came to conclusion that I really need to unwind a bit and give myself some time to kick my feet up. After that, I'm off to Germany, where I plan to work with Douglas Greed in the studio for a whole week. Upon my return, I'll have to start composing music for a play I have been commissioned to score. So, I won't be doing anything on my own after I have completed all the above mentioned tasks...
What can you tell us about your mix?
It's my live set recorded at home. It's pretty fresh, so if you catch me play somewhere, it won't be all that different from what you hear on this podcast.