Interview

DJ 2 DJ // Talking with MOP TOP

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DJ GRLFRNDWRKS is Play Too Much’s resident DJ. The Puerto Rico via New York artist has been hard at his craft for nearly a decade and is turning the tables (get it?) on some of his favorite DJs.

Check out this candid conversation between GRLFRNDWRKS and Brooklyn based DJ and producer, MopTop.

 

GRLFRNDWRKS: How did this EP come together?

MopTop: Much Love has been a year in the making. I really wanted to showcase the broad range of all the unnamed (5)music that I love. I also wanted to test some new production skills I’ve learned from some of the super talented homies I’ve been working with, namely, Young Live, Statik Link, Mind Cntrl, and VYLE.

I also knew I wanted to showcase some singers so I linked up with Beata, Kid Astronaut, Domonique, and Mimi. I love the collaborative process and working with all these folks was amazing. Each one brought a different creative process to the EP.

GRLFRNDWRKS: What was it like collaborating with Kid Astronaut? 

MopTop: Kid Astronaut is awesome, his song was actually the first one we finished. One of my good friends on tour introduced me to him and we had a very similar creative outlook and vibe. It was natural from there.

GRLFRNDWRKS: What’s your favorite DAW to use?

MopTop: I’m mostly in Ableton Live, this whole project was made in Live. However, I’ve also used almost every DAW at this point. I started off in Acid back in high school since then have moved from there to Reason, and then Protools and Logic. For my process these days, Ableton’s workflow is best.

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GRLFRNDWRKS: What motivates you to produce music?

MopTop: I think all music comes from an emotional place, I find I write the best music when I’m experiencing something new. I tend to write most of my music while I’m on the road. A lot of this EP was written while I was touring last year. I’m inspired by the people around me hearing stories and connecting with other peoples experiences.

GRLFRNDWRKS: What’s your go to instrument/plugin when starting off a track?

MopTop: I use a lot of different plugins, but right now I’m using Serum the most.

GRLFRNDWRKS: Do you mix and master your own stuff?

MopTop: I do a pre-mix on all of my stuff, but for Much Love, I had a talented group of friends (namely, Statik Link and Grahm Grere) that helped me get this mix and master to the next level.

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