Q & A: Move D

Emma Stevenson recently caught up with David Moufang (aka Move D) ahead of his November return to Australian shores. Greatly respected for his craft and widely loved for his personality, Move D sheds some light on his collaborative projects and even offers an outside perspective on ‘the old town of Perth’.

Emma: Hi David! Thanks so much for taking some time to speak with us – it must be a busy time for you. Where are you speaking to us from this evening?

David: It is a busy time. I’m at home in Heidelberg. Last week was ADE in Amsterdam; I was there for three nights, and then in Copenhagen. I’m now back from Vienna, Austria; it is Austria’s National Holiday today, so they had a big party yesterday. That’s no distance, really, compared to travelling to Australia.

Yes, it does take a little while to reach us – we’re so happy you’re making the mission to see us once again! It’s been a (short) while between visits – how is 2016 treating you so far? Has the year been mostly made up of touring?

Yes, yes, I would say so.

Last month seems to have been a particularly busy one for you, with Magic Mountain High’s Spacepod coming out on Future Times, and a part re-issued, part remixed release of House Grooves Volume 1 coming out on Misfit Melodies. Do you have plans for further re-issues or releases of archived Moufang material?

Maybe. There might be another one of the KM20 Tapes series coming off Minor Recordings. There’s been two released so far, and possibility of a third.

Excellent news! We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for that one. At the moment, we’re really enjoying the fuzzy, unzipped sounds of Spacepod, and think it to be some of the most experimental output for the Magic Mountain High project so far. It seems you have found a nice space outside of quantified territory with Juju & Jordash in this project – has this occurred quite naturally through your jamming?

Yeah, absolutely. The fact that the guys are really well educated players makes it almost hard to stick to the basic feed that would normally go through electronic music… or in any sort of music, even.

I recently played one of the (Spacepod) tracks in closing a podcast, which maybe wasn’t a great idea – a lot of people really didn’t like it. But then, everyone has an opinion about it – you either love it, or you hate it, it doesn’t just pass you by. Which is fun, you don’t want to please everyone all the time…

Yes, truth! So, playing a Magic Mountain High, what can you tell us about your approach here? Does anyone kind of take the lead in your movement?

Well, we all have our little responsibilities but, in a way, I would say Jordan (Jordash) is the most free, because while he doesn’t really deal with any kind of machines, he’s playing non-stop. If anything kind of slows down or stops, he will usually ramble on with a keyboard.

But, other than that, I would say it’s pretty open. It always depends on the night, but it also depends on the moment… sometimes it’s even hard to describe it like this. If someone’s taking the lead, maybe it’s not really going to happen. Ideally, it’s a situation where elements, kind of, come together and they make sense. And they click. And it gives all of us a buzz that we can hang onto for a few moments, I would say.

There’s another project, I’m not sure if you’ve heard about it, The Mulholland Free Clinic? Which is Juju & Jordash and Reagenz, my other project. So then, it’s four of us improvising. But Jonah, the fourth member, he lives in San Francisco… that’s as far as Melbourne, almost. So although we don’t get to play together that often, it’s good fun. We did two shows this summer – they were really special.

Where were those shows?

One was in Berlin, and then the other was in my hometown, Heidelberg, for my birthday.

In Heidleberg, are there certain clubs or venues that you and others make use of regularly? What forms the scene there?

There are two major venues, they’re nice mid-sized, concert type venues. We played as The Mulholland Free Clinic in one of these with some others, Fred P, Benjamin Brunn and lowtec.

I just recently found out about a new place – it’s been a long time since I’ve heard of a new place in my town. It’s a bit Berlin-style, they have a garden…it’s a bit like about:blank, if you’ve ever been there. This is a bit unusual, because in my part of Germany you won’t always find spaces with a backyard, even. It’s a very rare thing to score. We used this space for my actual birthday, which was the same week as The Mulholland Free Clinic concert, with Axel Bowman, Damiano Von Eckert, and other local friends – really nice!

You’ve been gracing Australia with your presence for over five years now, and we’re so excited to have you back in Melbourne for Common Ground’s massive day and night affair in November. What have you enjoyed in previous, first-hand experiences with our music community?

I think the first year was 2009, that I came. It keeps getting better, I think… I guess it’s a natural thing. The more often you come back, the more people you meet – you get to know the place better.

I’ve had really nice parties, even in Perth. The first time I came to Perth, this was the only place I really didn’t understand; it seemed like an outpost somewhere. When I came back, the nightlife area was concentrated with nice spaces … I had a great time. It’s quite beautiful, the old town of Perth.

As a selector, you’re someone who favours often-unknown content from newly established labels as much as used treasures found through patient digs. Can you give us a hot tip on a something you’ve recently come across and fallen in love with?

A label I’m really digging at the moment is D.Ko. A great French label… it’s really happening in France, Paris especially.

Thanks very much for your time David, and see you very soon!

Thank you, and see you in a few weeks.

Due to recent events in Haiti, Common Ground have elected to donate a portion of the revenue from his Melbourne show to efforts in the wake of the Hurricane Matthew Emergency. RSVP below. 

RSVP: Common Ground with Move D & Max Graef