MoBlack, the worldwide rise of afro house. THE INTERVIEW

MoBlack, born Mimmo Flacone, he is a visionary artist who has made the mixture of genres his strong point. Typical melodies of the Afro musical tradition and sounds belonging to the house genre have given life to a current capable of conquering more and more ground.

moreblack: “The relationship with the public is essential”

The importance of being focused on the present and the desire to travel to discover new cultures are some of the narrative threads of MoBlack. The artist has opened the casket of his music to us, telling us about its birth and development with an eye fixed on the future.

Your music is a journey through the world and through emotions, what was the exact moment when you understood that the key to the production would be the union of house and afro?

In 2000 after my first trips to Africa. Afro house music already existed but was not yet very popular, the sounds were mainly tribal and the genre was intended only for an adult and niche audience.

In 2013 I created my own label MoBlack Records starting to push this musical genre towards new, fresher and electronic sounds through deep, indie and techno. Thanks to this work and perseverance, the afro house genre has become what we know today.

Another important moment was in early 2022 when I realized that this genre had finally reached the youngest.

What emerges in a disruptive way is the desire to celebrate the moment and to be present to oneself, has this always been your way of life? And how important was that to you?

It is very important to live in the present, but I became fully aware of this after my experience in Africa. We would all be happier if we did. I am happy that this message emerges in my productions.

Detaching ourselves from the present for a moment, if I had to give you one piece of advice as a teenager, what would it be?

I would advise myself to focus on the present without ceasing to chase my dreams. Obviously you have to be willing to make sacrifices, to study and work hard, never forgetting a good dose of courage to get out of your comfort zone.

Looking to the future instead?

I see this genre of music will grow more and more.

During your career you have played all over the world, among the latest achievements the performance at the Terra Solis stage of Tomorrowland, how important is the relationship with the public?

The relationship with the public is essential, a DJ set without an audience is meaningless. Our mission is to entertain, excite and travel. For me the exchange of energy is very important, the real magic is when you create the perfect synergy with the public.

If you had to choose three adjectives to describe your music, what would they be?

Deep, emotional and cheerful.