Midoca has poised himself as a unique singer and songwriter in this day and age. Following the footsteps of his idols Dawn Golden and Shlohmo, the vulnerability and ambiance you’ll find in Midoca’s music are breathtaking. Acting as the epitome of losing yourself in the music, his tracks allow you to escape the lows of reality. Tackling his most personal endeavor yet, the release of his newest Beautiful Story, Ugly Life EP will leave you in a spiral of self-reflection. As he battles with the challenges of love and lust, the producer has opened up with us about the recent project in this exclusive interview.
RTT: The release of this EP further shows your progression as a songwriter/producer, what do you do to keep bettering yourself musically?
Midoca: Thank you – it’s hard to have a clear answer for that question but i continue to find that the more I push myself to seek the truth of myself and understand myself, the analysis becomes inspiration for me. I want to share every part of me, beautiful and ugly, through my music.
RTT: The tracks on this project seem to express gratitude for the downs you’ve experienced with love, can you elaborate on that?
Midoca: Yea, that’s a nice takeaway actually. I used to be so afraid and insecure to share certain parts of my life, but I find the more that I do, the more I can relate to people. Accepting your art is accepting yourself and is all a part of personal growth, which is something to be grateful for.
RTT: Take us through your usual writing process, where do these concepts come from?
Midoca: I usually start by playing guitar, figuring out a chord progression or melody that strikes me and allow some lyric and melody to come from it then revise and arrange along the way. Writing songs are always a way of deconstructing something going on in my head, whether I understand it at the time or not. I can usually look back and realize what was going on at that time in my life and hear some sort of voice that knew what was subconscious reasoning.
RTT: Do you ever borrow inspiration from friends or family?
Midoca: Of course. Some of my friends are the biggest sources of inspiration to me. AWAY, Crywolf, Jai Wolf, Electric Mantis, and a few others are always making music that excites me. Aerabrand, Shelby Parks, Michael Zebrick are visual artists that also make consistently stunning work. I am lucky to get to work with most of them, too.
RTT: When you step outside the studio, is there a difference between Midoca the producer and Chaz the person?
RTT: If you could offer any advice to the broken-hearted now, what would you say?
Midoca: Let me know when you figure it out, I’m also seeking some advice.
RTT: Creating an emotional and relatable safe-space with your brand of music, have you had any fans reach out and share their appreciativeness with you?
Midoca: Yesterday I was tagged in a post on IG of someone saying that Getter’s album Visceral saved them from suicide. They had the skeleton from the album cover tattooed on them. The song I wrote for the album “Release” is about wanting out of your head, out of the cycle of things that perpetuate disappointment and such. I hope and imagine that by writing that, that person related and felt some levity of the weight of their emotions. I receive a lot of DMs of people saying they relate to my other songs or that they’ve helped them through a breakup. It’s cool, I screenshot and save a lot of them actually to remind myself that this music does have a purpose. It’s easy to lose sight of your progress and success in an environment where other artists that come from seemingly nowhere have giant opportunities or certain spotlights from a disproportionate amount of work. Creating that space is 100 times more important.
RTT: Heading into your first bus tour with Getter, what are your expectations for the whole journey?
Midoca: I am so so excited. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be honest. I wrote “Release” in two hours, then the song was 100% done in one day and went on to become one of the most popular songs from the album. Now I am going on tour with Getter – it all happened really fast. Come to think of it, I now sound like the very type of artist I was almost complaining about in the aforementioned question. Umm… ANYWAY yeah, I am extremely excited to debut this set, both visually and sonically it’s exactly what I want to be doing right now.
RTT: Are there any artists that you’d love to work/write with in the future?
Midoca: I’d really love to work with Eden, The Japanese House, Alicks, Shlohmo, Houses, Lontalius, Instupendo – All of those artists are really tastefully walking their own path. I also may be working on releasing some music with AWAY soon. Stay tuned for that.
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