mokomizik: colectivo futurecast 087

We’re truly delighted to present a new installment of our futurecast filled with tropical heat from Mokomizik Records. Based in Copenhagen, this duo and recently launched record label is focused on unearthing and lovingly restoring lost sounds of the past for listeners of today. Their first release, a lost gem by Panamanian Alonso Wilson De Briano is a wonderful LP of latin jazz, calypso and salsa of the highest standard, and one that doesn’t leave our record bag. Sit back, relax and take a trip to the tropics with Mokomizik.

CF: How and where was the mix recorded?

Copenhagen, Denmark using Technic 1210’s MKII and Isonoe ISO420 mixer

CF: How did you first get involved with music and how did you start collecting records?

I’ve been collecting music ever since I can remember. Growing up in Iran just after the revolution it was really hard to find music and you’d have to trade records and tapes undercover with your friends. Obviously now with the internet and the fact travel is so much easier, it’s much easier to find stuff. I still do get a thrill when I discover something that isn’t available anywhere though.

CF: Tell us about your new label Mokomizik. What is the idea behind it and what sort of music do you plan to release?

I started the label with my partner Elise as a way to share some of music that we love, but is quite hard to find. We have a really diverse taste from Jazz to House and everything in between so we just plan to release music that we think deserves a new lease of life – whether it’s records we enjoy listening to at home or ones we play at parties.

CF: How did you develop an obsession for Caribbean music? When did you first encounter it and why do you find it so fascinating?

Honestly, I’m not really sure what it is about music from this part of the world. I’ve collected music from all kinds of places, but I just seem to like music from here more. There are so many styles of music from the Caribbean so you can never get bored.

CF: What do you normally listen to at home? What are 3 of your favourite albums past or present?/p>

That is a really tough question. We listen to all kinds of stuff at home, mainly on records. The list of favourites is getting too long now, but if I had to name three in this moment of time, I’m of course going to say Alonso Wilson De Briano’s album that we just released because the composition and songwriting is just incredible. Alonso really had a unique style and it’s a shame his music wasn’t more well known. A couple of other records we could never let go of are Leston Paul’s The Arrival – amazing islands disco – some of the tracks already got a deserved reissue, but there are a few other gems on there as well and then we’ve been playing a lot Pibe, Pala y Su Combo’s Rumbup Jazz – a really beautifully recorded album from Costa Rica with the legendary Pibe Hine on piano. Highly recommend.

CF: What’s your favourite thing about living in Copenhagen? What would you recommend to someone visiting for 24h?

Well having lived in London before coming here, honestly my favourite thing is just how much quieter and relaxed this city is, but then maybe I’m getting old. Being able to jump on your bike and go anywhere is amazing. In terms of what I’d recommend, I’d definitely say renting a bike and exploring the city this way. There’s lots of great parks and street food markets and plenty of cozy bars to hang out in the evening. For people into galleries, I’d say taking a trip to Louisiana is a must as they always have something great on. For record hunting, Paname City Records and Can Records are my favorites in town.

CF: What are you most looking forward to post-COVID pandemic? Do you think the way we interact with and enjoy music will change because of it?

I’m looking forward to everything returning to normal. It’s slowly now starting to happen so we went to our first concert in a long while last week, where you could actually dance so this was great. I don’t think much will change, maybe people will be more grateful to be out and enjoy music with people to begin with or maybe they spent the pandemic perfecting their home listening set up. In any case, music is and always will be fundamental.