Moguai’s ‘Mpire’ Keeps Growing Through 2012
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 18:02
For a prolific artist who has achieved worldwide fame in just a few years, Andre Tegeler is a pretty down-to-earth guy. The German EDM artist — better known by his DJ and producer moniker, Moguai — is easy to talk to and very humble about his accomplishments but, despite his modesty, the man has a lot to boast. Last year was a big one for Tegeler and he is poised to have an even better 2012.
Tegeler joined forces in 2011 with some of the top DJs in the industry when he signed under Deadmau5 imprint, Mau5trap. Under the new label, he re-released his debut album We Ar Lyve, making it the first non-Deadmau5 record to be released on the label.
"It inspires me, you know, it's a good harbor for me," Tegeler said. "I'm very proud to be surrounded by talented guys like Deadmau5 and Skrillex."
Tegeler has only been touring America for about a year and a half but has experienced a sudden surge of popularity with EDM fans in the US.
"It's a growing market and I feel the energy here," he said. "People are so enthusiastic about EDM and it's a good time right now."
Last year ended on a good note for Tegeler, but he didn't let that slow him down. He was eager to take full advantage of the success of his first album and get back into the studio to start work on his second one.
On January 30, Moguai dropped Mpire, his second release under Mau5trap. His first single, also titled "Mpire," was an immediate hit, climbing to the top of the Beatport charts within a week – something the DJ said he had never experienced before.
"This track represents my style very well," Tegeler said. "It's my trademark sound, which is why I named it ‘Mpire.'"
"Mpire" was a solid choice for his first single. The track is a great representation of his album, which features a combination of Moguai styles, from the heavier, rougher sounds of his first album to the more emotional, trance-sounding tracks he's released under Mau5trap.
"My plan was to make an album that combined these two things that you can easily listen to in your car or at home but also something you could play main stage at EDC," he said, referencing the Electric Daisy Carnival.
Although Tegeler just recently signed to Mau5trap, he has had a long career that spans just over 15 years. Interestingly enough, he was attending law school when he had his first hit and decided instead to focus his career in a different direction.
In 2001, Tegeler launched his own record label, PUNKX, under which he released his first single "The Rock" and his follow-up and claim to fame, "U know Y."
Aside from playing numerous music festivals, Tegeler has been the go-to guy for remixes for the likes of Britney Spears, Beyonce and Afrojack. Also a bit of a skater, he credits some of his heavier sounding tracks to punk-rock influences like Joy Division and New Order but said he looks to all types of music for inspiration.
"I think it's important when you are a music producer and DJ to listen to different styles," he said.
That way of thought has led Tegeler to be very in tune with what his audience wants and likes. Though he's dropped more than a few club hits prior to Mpire — notably his own remix of Fatboy Slim's "Ya Mama" and Zombie Nation's "Kernkraft 400" — he doesn't bombard crowds with them, often playing remixes of popular songs and artists like Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love." Though Tegeler's true passion is his shows, he said it is all about the music.
"For me, electronic music is energy, it's a revolution and it's having a good time celebrating you," he said. "So, don't stop listening to good music; life is too short to be listening to bad music."