Stylistically, Austrian producer Clara Moto, has always stood out from the crowd. The elegant producer grew up cutting her teeth DJ-ing at a local student bar in Graz. Her passion and drive for music, of all kinds, has earned her the respect from producers, DJs and listeners alike – emerging as one of the most refined, novel figures of the Austrian electronic scene.With her imminent Room Two appearance, October 15th, alongside label boss Agoria and the ever-elusive, masked, Redshape, it was our pleasure to have a quick chat to the Infine artist ahead of her fabric debut.
You were brought up listening to classical and jazz music. How was it you began producing and mixing electronic music?
I started going to techno parties as a teenager, though there weren’t many parties in Graz at that time. There was a promoter who booked really interesting artists once a month, so that’s how I came into touch with electronic music. During my studies I moved into a flat with some Djs and producers and started to make music by myself. It was important for me to live with musicians, to exchange and to learn from each other.
What’s driving you to do this right now?
I guess it is my own well-being – I feel good and free when I make music, but I can’t tell exactly what’s really driving me. For me, making music is just something I can put my energy into.
Tell us about how you came to be a Red Bull Music Academy student and how the experience was on the whole?
I heard about the RBMA via the internet, but I didn’t have a real idea of what it would be like. After applying – by filling out a lengthy questionnaire – they selected me and invited me to stay two weeks in Melbourne at the academy. It was just amazing. You’re there to make music, to meet interesting artists from different backgrounds and to get advice from professionals. What I appreciated most was the amount of input you got and the chance to hear music you normally wouldn’t listen to.
You graduated alongside the likes of Flying Lotus and Douglas Greed. What was it like working among producers like them?
It was inspiring to see everybody working, not only Flying Lotus and Douglas Greed. Besides their talents they’re both really nice people. It was a huge pleasure to have met them!
You’re signed to Agoria’s InFine imprint, I read that the signing happened by a chance encounter in an airport? Can you tell us more about this meeting and how you came to be a member of the InFine family?
As we were playing at Montreux Jazz Festival, we were waiting at Geneva’s airport for somebody to pick us up. After a while we started to talk and he told me about his label. I asked for his contact and two months later I sent him some tracks. It was the first time I had sent anybody my tracks, so I wasn’t expecting a reply; however, he replied within one hour and told me he would like to release it. That’s how everything started, and I am very glad to be part of the Infine family!
You co-run innovative electronic label, Houseeverbot with Bitz and Puschmann. Can we be expecting to hear more from the label in the future?
Bitz&Puschmann founded the label at the age of 17; I joined when I was 19. It was actually just a student’s project to give us a platform to throw parties and play. After a while we collected some money from our parties and invested it into releasing two records. We weren’t very good at promoting the records, and we were quite busy with university and other projects, so we decided to not release any further material. Although, we have plans to put together some secret releases that will not be for sale.
You’re set to play at fabric this October 15thalongside John Digweed, John Tejada and Agoria. How does playing in the UK differ to playing out in Austria?
It’s my first time playing in the UK; I’m really excited about it!
What have you got planned for the future months? Working on any new exciting projects or releases?
I’m currently working on a second album, but it’s still going to take a while, besides that, I’m working on a few remixes and looking for a proper studio in Berlin.
Lastly, how did you approach your mix for us and what does the mix on a whole mean to you?
I haven’t done a mix for a while, so I was really into doing this one. I decided to start the mix with an old Air Liquide track I was heavily listening to years ago, after a friend gave me a tape. I chose every track carefully and I am quite satisfied with my selection.