Originating out of Hamburg comes a fun-loving, humorous, nu-disco/electro house duo that is currently rocking dance floors across Europe, and soon enough will be taking American dance charts by storm. These two guys, KoweSix & Tobitob, are as unique and original as they come, from their moniker to their funky beats which are peppered with bits of hip-hop influenced jams. They recently released a hit single on Ultra Records which is a blissful, summery track that has been getting love from all over the globe. Check out the Q&A below, and keep your eyes open in the future for these two!
Hi guys, thanks for talking with us. Congratulations on the release of your single, ‘These Days Are Gone.’ How long have you been DJing/producing? Who were some of your earliest influences?
It’s been a while already. We started in late ’99, but didn’t get serious about it until 2003. Back then the scene in our hometown, Hamburg, was very fragmented and the people were very narrow-minded. We have always loved variety in music and the principle of the DJ telling a story while taking the crowd on a journey. Not simply playing the same shit all night long… We started a club night where we played everything that we liked, from house to big beats and techno.
When it comes to influences, we practically breathed hip-hop in the Golden Era at the beginning of the 90's, but got really hooked on the more electronic variation trip-hop coming from Britain in the mid-90's. Stuff like Massive Attack, Portishead, all the Ninja Tune records.
Where does this unique name “Moonbootica” come from?
An abstract pun of the fact that we have rather big feet! Both size 14. Moonboots are a synonym for big feet and it was just a few drinks from there until we came up with Moonbootica!
What was your inspiration behind “These Days Are Gone”?
Like always, we just start with something, a sample or a beat, and then the rest unfolds. This track is special to us because we didn’t give it to another artist to write and sing on it, but had a good friend write the lyrics. We feel the lyrics are just perfect for this track. We had a bittersweet craving kind of feeling when we produced the song. The same kind of feeling, a mix of sadness and anticipation, you have when things end and naturally other things begin.
What do you think is the major difference between the European and US music scene?
In Germany we just have a long history when it comes to this kind of music, especially Techno. Also the commercial breakthrough happened a long time ago, and things had the chance to get a certain balance back again. You know when things are in the phase of overhype they tend to lose their spirit. Germany and it’s electronic music capital have a wide underground scene.
It’s great to see that electronic dance music has finally arrived in the US, but we think the very commercial EDM- “where is the drop” kind of sound- is just the tip of the iceberg…. We’re the iceberg so to say!
Who are some of the artists that you are really into at the moment?
Totally loving Gramatik at the moment! Also Jungles “Platoon.’’ To be honest, there are only a few things we’re not into: Heavy Metal, German Folkmusic… Music from the 70’s is always good! There’s nothing bad from that era at all. A little bit Soul, Hip Hop, Reggae, that kind of stuff!
Do you have any tour dates as of yet across America?
I’m not sure about the States. Probably a small tour this Fall. We’d love to come and play for our American fans though…
What do you hope to accomplish as a team within the next year?
If we can keep up the love and spirit in which we do everything, we will be fine! We consider ourselves very lucky and happy because we are able to make a living doing what we love. Let’s cross our fingers that it will never change…
Purchase their new single on iTunes here