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40 Questions: Moullinex

40 Questions: Moullinex

Portuguese talent Moullinex has been bringing his energetic brand of nu-disco and house to labels like Kitsune, Gomma and Exploited for quite some time, and has earned a reputation as a trusted ambassador for groove filled vibey dance music.

His Discotexas label has released Rampa, Xinobi and Tensnake and this month saw Moullinex himself return to the imprint for his brand new Club Cotton single. A percussion-heavy, harmonising jam with enough sparkle to satisfy your sonic sweet tooth.

We have him on our latest 40 Questions where he talks about his favourite records, morning routines and gun-wielding promoters.

01. Where are you right now and what are you doing?

At home, in Lisbon, about to have our label Discotexas’ weekly meeting.

02. What year were you born?

1984.

03. Do you have a nickname?

Not since IRC/high school, haha.

04. What’s the coolest thing in your house?

A Young Chang upright piano I’ve started many of my songs on.

05. How would you describe yourself?

Relentless, passionate, dedicated.

06. Worst experience as a DJ?

Any club/stage/venue where music isn’t in the top priorities.

07. Best experience as a DJ?

Any club/stage/venue where music is the top priority. From the lineup to the crowd and technical equipment, when music is queen then a community flourishes.

08. Favourite record label?

Our own, Discotexas. It’s family more than anything else.

09. What’s your biggest weakness?

Being stubborn.

10. First record you ever paid for?

MTV Fresh 2, I was 12. Featured Underworld, The Prodigy, Garbage, Dog Eat Dog, Blur, Radiohead.

11. What’s your morning routine?

Coffee, long walk with my dog, gym, office and then head to the studio after lunch.

12. Your dream collaboration?

Roisin Murphy.

13. Tell us something we shouldn’t know about you?

Quick way to murder me: I am allergic to peaches and cherries.

14. Who’s your biggest inspiration?

Stevie Wonder, ever since I played his album Innervisions for the first time.

15. Ever smoked?

Still do.

16. Ever done drugs?

Sure, experimented with most of them. Don’t really recommend mixing work and drugs though, it’s not sustainable.

17. What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

A Roland System 100m.

18. And the best gift you’ve ever given?

I like to think anything I’ve worked hard to make rather than to buy. But evaluating the gift is always up to the recipient.

19. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever been to?

I love the island of S. Miguel, Azores, right in the middle of the Atlantic. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.

20. And one place you want to visit?

Alaska!

40 Questions: Moullinex

21. One act who’s inspired you your whole career?

The Chemical Brothers.

22, If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you be doing?

Either running a small restaurant or still working in Astronomy.

23. Worst job you’ve ever had?

Luckily, all were quite tolerable. I spent a summer carrying tires in an uncle’s auto parts shop in my teens, but even that felt good when I got my first paycheck. I immediately bought music gear.

24. Favourite record right now?

Oma Nata – The Discovery

25. And the best record ever made?

Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder.

26. One thing you couldn’t live without?

The internet.

27. Your favourite food?

Grilled fish. After all, I’m Portuguese.

28. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Dried insects in Mexico. They were good, though.

29. Who would you want to play you in a movie?

Joaquim Phoenix? Haha.

30. What’s something you’re passionate about?

Music and building, caring for and expanding a community around it.

31. Favourite club you’ve played at?

Lux, in Lisbon.

32. Favourite festival you’ve played at?

Tough call, but I had a great time at Exit, in Serbia.

33. Craziest story of being on the road?

Having a promoter lay a gun on the table before paying my fee in cash. “In this country, if you have some money, you have a gun”.

34. Weirdest request as a DJ?

“Can you play Daft Punk?” while Daft Punk was playing.

35. If you had one super power what would it be?

Time travelling. I’d be a fly on the wall on Motown.

36. Late sleeper or early riser?

Both.

37. Strangest video you’ve watched on YouTube?

Satisfying jelly videos.

38. The top thing on your bucket list?

Owning a small fishing boat and a house by the Mediterranean.

39. Most memorable moment of your life so far?

I tend to remember everything. I’d say the best times in my life were the hiking trips with my grandfather when I was just a kid.

40. Will you ever be done with music?

Hopefully music won’t be done with me anytime soon; as long as I’m creating or learning something, I am truly happy.

Moullinex – Club Cotton is OUT NOW on Discotexas.