Behind the RAWR – An Interview With Mochipet


 

Mochipet AKA David Y Wang was born in Taiwan, to a rocket scientist father and a kindergarten teacher mom, has been all of the continent leaving a fossilized imprint whereever he lands. His music can be found in video games and on TV shows. There are so many artists he has had the opportunity to work and has shared the stage with, for instance MIA, DJ QBert, Spank Rock, Flying Lotus, and Meat Beat Manifesto just to name a few. Mochipet’s music has even been played by a 20 piece orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

With a number of big releases over the past few years, Mochipet’s library is full of some very intricate styles. The most notable works thus far being “Sharp Drest”, “RAWR Means I Love You”, “Who Da Boss” and he has done a number of remixes raging from Big Boi’s “Shutterbug” to Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf”. The newest remix to be added to his collection is DJ Sol Rising’s “Around the Clock”.

 

We here at IndyMojo.com got the chance to ask Mochipet a few questions about his life, music, and opinion on EDM in America. He had some interesting things to say about his influences and the cultural difference between the US in the electronic scene.

MOJO: What artist influenced you to start making music and what producers would you say influenced your style?

MP: This is retarded but Slash from Guns and Roses. I don’t know why when I was a little boy I use to watch Slash and he just seems so cool to me. I wanted to be like Slash. After Slash I would have to say Frank Zappa and Miles Davis. They were also my Heroes.

MOJO: You were born in Taiwan, how would you say this directly or indirectly influences your music style?

MP: Directly for sure, I am very thankful to have the combination of 2 very different cultures in my life. It gives me a very different viewpoint than most people.

MOJO: You’ve had the opportunity to work with some great talent, is there anyone on your wish list to do a collab with?

MP: David Lynch, I wanna collab with David Lynch.

MOJO: You run your own record label, Daly City Records, how did that come about?

MP: I wanted to find a way to release the music of my friends.

MOJO: You’ve played in many cities and countries, tell us a few aspects about the different cultures you’ve experienced and differences between them and the US EDM culture.

MP: EDM has just became Mainstream in America. EDM has been Mainstream music in the rest of the world for quite some time now. So we’re just getting the initial explosion. It will be interesting to see what will come of it when the dust all settles.

MOJO: The scene has been through some dramatic changes in the past 4-5 years. First the rise of Dubstep, the birth of drumstep, the fist pumping electro house, the short lived moombahton, the rerise of DnB, and the never ending tRap movement. What do you foresee being the next big thing in electronic music?

MP: Non Dance Electronic Music. This has yet to be popular in the US and in many countries like Europe it’s what followed after the big EDM Explosion.

MOJO: What’s on the horizon for you?
MP: Good things I hope!

MOJO: What does Mochipet do when he’s not destroying dance floors and making unforgettable beats?
MP: I’m on juice kick right now I’m juicing everything, including Steak!

MOJO: What album or artist have you listened to recently you would recommend?
MP: Animals As Leaders “Weightless”

MOJO: What is the craziest thing you’ve seen at a concert/festival?
MP: Trap Music

MOJO: Where did the name Mochipet come from?
MP: The Universe

MOJO: What can Mojostock goers expect to when you take the stage this Friday night?
MP: Me I hope!

Mochipet starts at 11 PM the Friday night of Mojostock @ Sleepybear Campground. Here is the link for the full Mojostock schedule : http://www.indymojo.com/mojostockschedule . Check out the links below to get more info on the man in the dinosaur suit.

www.mochipet.com

https://www.facebook.com/Mochipet.PetNation

https://soundcloud.com/mochipet

http://www.dalycityrecords.com/blastoff/