Despite being miles away from the European hub of electronic music, South Africa has become a breeding ground for young artists looking to make an impact on the global scene. Where many aspire to be at top of the commercial food chain there are still those who pursue music as a fine art rather than a mere commodity.
One such artist is Cape Town’s Mickael Michaelides, professionally known as Morning Moves. At 21 years of age he has a musical sense beyond his years. Starting at the tender age of 17, he honed his skills on different programs and took inspiration from close friends and family who had similar interests. Since then, he has worked at developing his own creative fingerprint with productions that straddle the line between house and techno whilst also maintaining a strong visual component. When asked to comment on this Mickael had the following to say:
“I’ve always liked how visuals can contextualize music. In terms of music, I feel like I tend to blend a variety of styles without really paying specific attention to it – it’s more of a natural process. Different sources certainly tend to bring about new ideas and thoughts with regards to my music.”
Having said this, his involvement with a strong group of young local producers and artists has allowed him to step out of his comfort zone and turn his ideas into convincing final products – and his latest track ‘Rise’ is a clear testament to this.
A beautifully crafted piece centered on panning tribal percussion and a progressive synth arpeggio, the listener is taken on an escalating journey that begs for an extended version. With his eyes set on taking his sound abroad, he is also clear to mention how he aims to be part of the growth of the scene in his native South Africa:
“I do still think there is a lot of room for growth in Cape Town, and I kind of have a love hate relationship with the local scene with regards to house and techno. But yet again our scene, in my eyes, is still in its infancy and I’m excited to see where it goes in the future.”
Having already played at some key clubs and festivals locally, he is carrying that momentum through to the studio with plans of releasing a series of singles during this year all of which will be accompanied by unique visual material.
Follow Morning Moves HERE.