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My Big Break: Muzarco: Us Versus the World (interview)

Reported by JontySkrufff on October 3, 2011

Specialising in producing deliciously crunchy, progressive flavoured tech-house, Muzarco is one of the most exciting producers to have emerged from Israel in recent years, releasing a string of guaranteed floor fillers on equally exciting Israeli label Punch Music.

 Chatting to Skrufff this week about his musical journey he’s keen to pay tribute to the hotly tipped Tel Avid indie . . .

Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): What was your big career break?

Muzarco: “Without a doubt, it was joining Punch Music that made the big difference for me. Initially I was looking for a label to release my EP ‘Procrastination’ on, and the Punch guys were interested. Working with them on that felt great, because they were so supportive and helpful, and I quickly realized that this is what I've been looking for. 

Feeling at home with a group of people who share the same interests as me, each one of whom is helping me out using their own ability without competing, is great. It enabled me to shift my perspective from "Me VS The World" to "Us VS The Rest" which is very helpful in the creative process. Because I now feel that my friends have got my back covered no matter what and it allows me to venture further with my music and constantly get inspired by my label mates.”

Skrufff: How aware were you at the time of how significant joining Punch would become? 

Muzarco: “As the saying goes, ‘It's all fun and games until someone loses an [insert a vital organ here]’. Everybody likes you when things are going great. However, there are times when things are not going the way either you or the label want them to go; it could be a long creative block, a disappointing event or a nasty review.

These are time when you can evaluate the company that you're in, and luckily I keep discovering that not only do I get supported by the Punch people time after time, but I was actually inspired by them in learning how to take it easier on myself. When the people you depend on do not judge you by your successes and failures, but instead encourage you to strive on and dedicate yourself to the higher goals of your career, every difficulty becomes a learning experience.  

Skrufff: How much had you been actively working towards transforming your position? 

Muzarco: “Although I was involved in music making for many years, focusing on a solo career was a struggle, as it involved keeping myself motivated and getting connected in an industry I didn't know enough about.

The competition is fierce and there are many talented musicians and producers out there trying to get a piece of the pie. Having to put so much effort into self-marketing, while dealing with the constant stream of hopes and disappointments coming from the industry, had left me creatively depleted. Trusting my label to make the absolute best choices in promoting my career liberates me from virtually all of the non-creative decisions, while I can always have my voice heard and my opinion considered on any other matter.

Skrufff: Did you experience any crisis of confidence beforehand? 


Muzarco: “There were times when I used to make music intended for my own listening or maybe another friend or two. I just didn't think that anyone else might find it interesting, let alone a label or a crowd. It also took me a long time to start DJing as I doubted my own ability to do it without messing up, and nearly thought of quitting when I did. Confidence comes and goes, it has many contributing factors, some are obvious, some aren't so obvious. Being around people who are confident in you is always helpful for regaining your confidence when scarce.”

Skrufff: Looking back, did you make any mistakes before that stopped you breaking through sooner?

Muzarco: “I did what were seemingly mistakes back then, such as taking my time with follow-up releases or releasing under different aliases. Now I no longer see them as mistakes, but as steps along the way to become a dedicated artist.”

Skrufff: What advice would you have for someone starting out as a DJ/ producer/ today?

There's tons of music out there that sounds great but means nothing. Look for something of your own to deliver through your music. If you don't know what it is yet, work on your technique in the mean time, but never rely on it solely, as it is merely the vehicle of your message.” (Muzarco; Red Streams)

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