Article by Jonno Coll.
Move D is a disco diva. A house connoisseur. A master of all that is funk and soul.
But for one night only he laces up his techno boots and prepares to treat the Backdrop crowd to the lesser spotted side of his record collection. There can surely be no better place to do it than Cosmic Ballroom, having already hosted the Zenker Brothers and Jane Fitz, and with Ben UFO set to touch down soon, he is in excellent company. Click here for facebook event & here for tickets.
David Moufang, the man behind the Move D moniker, has a colourful music history. For this writer house and techno DJs who have been trained in classical music are an, oddly specific, personal favourite. Having such a deep knowledge of the music you play gives a dynamism and a flexibility throughout your performance. Jon Hopkins had this thread running through his phenomenal Late Nite Tales compilation, whereas Henrik Schwarz’s live shows and DJ sets have mastered the craft.
Move D is another cut from this illustrious cloth. Having studied classical percussion and later played both drums and guitar, there are few who tread the line between musician and DJ so carefully. He performs across numerous other aliases and projects including Earth to Infinity, Reagenz and Deep Space Network, recorded with partner Jonas Grossman. Moufang has also been performing for the Mulholland Free Clinic Album launch across Europe. I had planned to be in attendance for the Berlin leg of the tour this previous Sunday, but a particularly heavy Saturday night in Tresor unfortunately put paid to that idea. Fortunate, then, that this Friday offers me a second bite of the cherry.
Although Moufang took his first tentative musical steps within the world classical music and since honed his reputation as one of house music’s finest selectors, Moufang’s first love was perhaps always the sounds of ambient techno. He describes Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd as his early influences and was “space crazy” as a child. His fascination with the ethereal sights and sounds of outer space goes some way towards explaining the style that his own productions would take. His Deep Space Network releases mimicking the other worldly sounds of a space odyssey. The drifting sonic explorations of debut album “Big Rooms” leaving an indelible mark on the genre.
His work under his own Move D alias ranging from the alluringly deep “jus house” to the piano-tinged groove of “I Gave My Love”. Move D is the man for every occasion.
Moufang’s techno credentials cannot be questioned. In the run up to Movement Detroit 2015, a truly essential annual techno festival, Move D was asked to sum techno in one sentence. To which he replied, “techno saved my life, and it could save yours.” Whether it’s life-saving, life-affirming or mind-altering Move D’s maiden Backdrop performance is not one to be missed.