Maugli lands on Life Can Dance to answer our 9 key points.
He just released a new vinyl on the well-known label ynfnd. This debut album “Alba” is inspired by traditional music and the dance rituals of various Afro cultures and their diaspora such as capoeira, work songs or gnawa.

1. Place of origin, where you were born and where you currently live.  3 places you love in the world.

Born in Milan, living in Berlin. Places I love are Kreuzberg, islands in general Burg Lohra.

 2. 5 things you love passionately, 5 things you hate.

Art, movement, learning, moments of true connection and nature. And since there’s enough hate in the world I’ll cut out on that.

 3. What motivates you to compose music?

It’s just the form of art I love most, I practice the longest and I feel closest to. Motivation and inspiration change, but in the end, I guess it’s always about expressing a certain feeling or idea in a piece of music.

 4. Top 5 of your artistic influences.

“Top 5” is tricky, it sounds very ultimate. I’ll name some artists, whose overall approach to making music really amazed and inspired me in the past year:

KAHEDI, Bon Iver, Nicola Cruz, Erobique and Brian Eno.

It’s all artist who’ve developed a very unique expression and varied their sound a lot over time. Their music sounds very original, light-footed and easily accessible to me though it’s quite sophisticated and elaborated.

 5. Top 5 songs you love.

… still struggling with the “top”. Here are some tunes from my heavy rotation right now:

Bebeto – Esse Crioulo Por Você Se Fez Poetra (Nêga)

SAULT ft. Michael Kiwanuka – Bow

Winston Scottland – Zion Fever

79rs Gang – 79rs Bout To Blow

Steely Dan – Dirty Work

 6. Tell us about your latest release.  Motivation and musical concept.

To “Alba” there was no concepts in the beginning, it was more of a collection of songs over time. But when I put the final songs together it became clear, that it was all music mainly inspired by various afro cultures such as capoeira, gnawa or ritualistic music and their diaspora such as hip hop music and the blues. With the album I was seeking to transport their spirit to our days, in the clubs as well as in the living rooms. It’s all musical practices that root in group happenings, that celebrate togetherness and that’s what I love about music, what my music conveys to me.

 7. What do you hope your artistic work will give you back?

To me making music is an endless playground, a place for self-reflection and meditation, a great teacher with countless learnings to teach me, a universal language through which one can connect with people and so much more. And that’s what it gives back already …

 8. A book that you recommend.

I’m deeply inspired by Rutger Bregman’s `Im Grunde Gut` right now. By revisiting decisive moments and apparent side stories of mankind Bregman sheds new light on human nature and morality by proving how humans are and act quite differently from how we’d expect by virtue of our distorted image of us. It has a lot of refreshing perspectives on humankind and reframes the narratives that we pass on since generations. It’s really empowering and gives hope for the transformation of society we need so urgently these days. Unfortunately it’s only out in German by now.

 9. What is the meaning of life?


The Maugli’s new release on ynfnd is out now!