The British producer and vocalist MAMA is about to spread a crazy breeze on Berlin this Saturday 06th at the TAUSEND’ season opening gong. Her remarquable collaboration with Tiefschwarz on the track “Corporate Butcher “ released on Watergate Records and remixed by Solomon, haunted every Berliner with compulsive joy and implicit thoughts.
After quite a hectic year where she performed at Glastonbury, collaborated with Beats by Dre for the World Cup Special, joined forces with Ellen Allien’s Bpitch Control released and EP by ‘ARGY & MAMA’, opened for Kele’s (Bloc Party front man) latest tour, she kept producing new music. Presenting now her up coming album “Dreams Of Liberty“ out next September 22nd, Mama is holding the beat with her poetic glitched-witched-crafted techno.
What’s the idea behind the video for your new track Electricity?
It was a work of faith. Roger Spy directed and edited the video. He’s a freak of nature, utterly obsessed with pop culture. I turned up at his studio cum museum of pop culture curiosity, wall to wall in Michael Jackson and David Bowie memorabilia. I had no idea what to expect, it was shot in two hours against a black wall but he told me to trust him. I couldn’t have imagined the outcome if I tried. I was blown away by the results. He directed my last video ‘Don’t stop the beat’ and it’s always a magical experience collaborating with him. Check out his work at www.rogerspy.com
On songs like “Don’t stop the beat” and “Horses”, you had a much more UK-funky/UK Bass sound going while with Electricity, the whole vibe is more polished and a lot more trip-hop. Has life in Berlin influenced your music and production?
I like to think I’m sensitive to my location and that my music is a testament to my lived experience. Of course my production values have been influenced by Berlin, all those Sunday evenings spent at Berghain must have made a difference but I hear my sound coming from a strong British musical heritage that I can’t deny.
You co-founded the label Batty Bass can you tell us more about it? Do you have any plans of exporting the Batty Bass nights over here?
Batty Bass was a monthly bass heavy House and Techno gathering for about 5 years filled with various creatures of the East London club scene from old school ravers, fashionistas, drag queens, artists and everything in between and outside. It was a rammed packed sweatbox of high energy, a community where everybody knew each other. FKA Twigs, Santigold, Azari III, Planningtorock, The Gossip and so many other international artists have all let their hair down there. The main collective of Batty Bass is Hannah Holland and Deboa on the decks and me on live vocals. Alex Noble designs the posters which were always ripped off, folded neatly and put in someones handbag at the end of each night. We only do one off events at the moment while we’re developing the Batty Bass Soundsystem, which we’re planning to take on tour next year. Just listen to the Batty Bass album to get a taste of the underground artists that congregated there.
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Interview by Thomas Romana #bestmen
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