Interview with

Joseph Deenmamode / Mo Kolours

Joseph Deenmamode aka Mo Kolours is a half-Mauritian, half-English producer, singer and percussionist. On his self-titled debut album he displays dazzling inventiveness and joyous spirit – unsurprising for someone raised on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Lee Perry and A Tribe Called Quest while remaining ever curious about his Indian Ocean roots. The album “Mo Kolours” follows a trilogy of EPs for One-Hand ed Music that mixed soul, dub, hip-hop, various electronic styles and the Sega music native to Mauritius. Recognising his singular voice Gilles Peterson invited him to Maida Vale Studios to record a live session for the BBC before his first EP had even hit the shelves. Now he counts the likes of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge among his fans.

Facts

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Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Drums.

How and when did you get into making music?
I started to listen a lot, until listening evolved into making.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
I have to many favourites! A tricky question! It is very hard for me to narrow down to 5. I have 5 favourite continents to find potential favourite albums in though!

Africa, North America, Europe, Asia, and South America…..
But even that seems unfair, Australasia has some incredible music, and the two Arctics have the coolest music out there!

What do you associate with Berlin?
The capital of Germany, new art and music, people from all over Europe gathering over a passion for creativity, somewhere that I’ve only visited once briefly and I’m looking forward to visiting again!

What’s your favourite place in your town?
My new home, I’ve just moved and am enjoying settling in.

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Try to start making the first music.

What was the last record you bought?
A.K.Salim- Afro soul/Drum orgy.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Michael Jackson.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I recently had an inspiring show in Tenerife. I felt a great connection with the people who came!

How important is technology to your creative process?
It is an essential aspect of the process, but it is just a tool. A noise making, recording device that allows the stuff to be captured.

Do you have siblings and are they proud or jealous of you?
Yes! I have 4 beautiful, genius siblings!
We love each other.

Our Favourites: Mo Kolours – Brave | Mo Kolours – Promise
Links:
Band camp | Facebook | One Hand ed Music | Interview with Mo Kolours by Digital in Berlin