TRNSD Sound x Hype Magazine have finally reached the big 10! For “Session X” we are happy to feature Joburg based producer, Tsukudu Moreng for this special milestone.
This month Tsukudu will be releasing a EP on the 25th of May, in the meantime you can bounce to this exclusive mix that he made for TRNSD Sound x Hype Magazine ‘Session X’ and check the interview below.
How long have you been in the game, and how has your sound changed over the years?
I wouldn’t consider myself fully in the game just yet, but I have been making music for about 8 or so years now. My sound from when I first started has changed quite drastically, and I suppose it is because I keep growing and developing as an artist. Even till this day I still feel as though my sound changes in a way.
When I started, I was trying to make Hip-Hop beats but because I listened to a lot of alternative and electronic stuff as well, my sound inevitably developed into a blend of everything I was listening to or inspired by. In my 3rd year or so, I went into doing acapella music and which lead to me putting out an EP called Armonias which was the first piece of work I was confident enough to put out. From then on I worked on various projects and each of them had their own unique sound and style that sort of represented where I was as an artist at the time the project was being made. Now I believe my sound is more refined but I still can’t really put a name to it, I just know that it sounds good to me haha.
Can you give us the lowdown on your upcoming project MELODIESONIC
MELODIESONIC is a musical EP which is essentially my latest effort as an artist. I’d like to consider it my formal “introduction to the music game,” considering the time and effort put into it. The cover art is very specific in that it was crafted to deliver a message about where I am right now as an artist and as a person who wants to follow his passion and love for music (I will leave the precise interpretation of the artwork to your imagination haha).
The EP is inspired a lot by the music that I listen to, coupled with what I believe to be a musical expression of where I am as an artist today. As a person trying to get into the music scene while also working a 9-5 and completing a Masters degree, the EP is a musical expression of the trials and tribulations that I have gone through during this time. It’s basically a story of someone that is extremely and deeply passionate about his art (music) but life circumstances keep that person away from living their dream, which is a reality for most in South Africa.
It also represents acceptance of the fact that I have a lot to learn as a musician, something that I was in denial about from the beginning. Finally, the title is an ode to electronic music, which deals a lot with the meddling of sonics and sonic sounds but doing so in a melodic way, in a way that touches the soul.
Talk to us about the current state of electronic music in South Africa
Haha great question. I think generally speaking it’s in a good place, but it could do better. In SA the focus is still very much on EDM, which is good, but the scene around the world is moving fast towards Electronic Soul and Electro Jazz and so on. It would be nice to see us South Africans get on the ball with these new waves of electronic music. There are SO MANY gems and amazing artists that are being slept on and that is just because as South Africans we are still used to traditional EDM and other traditional genres of music.
Who do you consider your contemporaries, who have you collaborated with, and who are the artists you would most like to work with?
Wow there are so many, Internationally I would say Evil Needle, Kaytranada, Monte Booker, Tom Misch, Galimatias, Jordan Rakei and The Like. They inspire me so much. In SA, I have collaborated with the producer Sage Hitomi (he’s unbelievable you have to check him out). I have also collabs with tons of upcoming artists, Vuyo Renene, Melo B Jones, Nu Edison, 2leestark, SimmySimmyNya. I’m still working on other music with those artists as well which I am really excited about, those guys really push me to become a better producer and all round artist. I would most like to work with artists like KaeB (amazing producer, check him out), DjSkinniez, Daev Martian, Muzi and Espacio Dios. We don’t really need to put stuff out, I’d just love to sit in studio with them and talk about music and their respective journeys. That’s like the best form of inspiration I feel.
Favourite piece of tech…
Teenage Engineering OP-1 Synth, i just cry at the power in that synthesizer.
Favourite hangout spot…
Wherever my friends are lol?
Music to play at the afterparty when it’s 6am and the sun is beginning to rise…
Definitely some Bonobo or Taylor McFerrin or Robert Glasper, I think I’m just mellow like that.
Where you can find Tsukudu