Hello there, Thomas, and welcome to Brutal Resonance! Thanks so much for joining us. Since you’re a new face here, let’s start off with the basics. Who is Moda Makina, what do you do, and give us three of your favorite albums of all time.
Thomas Jacobsen: Moda Makina is a brand new electronic music project, with the passion of Italy and the rawness of Norway. Three of my favourites are Depeche Mode's "Music For The Masses", Nine Inch Nails' "The Fragile", and Iron Maiden's "Brave New World".
You were in a metal band called The Roadkill prior to joining Moda Makina. Tell me, what brought you from a metal background to a synthpop group?
Thomas: Growing up I always enjoyed both genres, but as a teenager it seemed cooler and easier to be in a rock band. I had a huge passion for it for many years, but eventually I got a little fed up and needed to do something else. My passion for electronic music is maybe even stronger, so playing rock for almost twenty years was enough and I needed to try out my electronic side.
Moda Makina was formed during the Covid-19 pandemic and include members from all over the world. How did you all meet? When did the band form?
Thomas: The band formed in the summer of 2020. Anaqim and Mau-P met at a forum and found a great writing partner in each other. Riccardo had been working with Mau-P for many years already. They decided to find a singer, I answered an ad on Facebook and the rest is history.
Being located around the world far away from one another must be tough. Take me through the process of writing a new song. Who starts it and how do you share ideas from across the globe?
Thomas: Mau-P and Riccardo usually work out an idea together, then sends it to Anaqim for “finetuning”. When all are satisfied with the music, I work my magic and lay down the vocals. Writing lyrics is a joint effort.
As of right now, Moda Makina have two singles up. The first of which is ‘Enough’. Tell us about that one.
Thomas: 'Enough' is a song worked out by Anaqim and Mau-P before there even was a band. It was the song they wanted me to sing for my audition. We were all so pleased with how it turned out, so we didn’t wait around. We formed a band and released the song. It’s a pretty straight forward love song, but with a really nice groove and quite unusual vocals for the genre. Power and range is my strength, so I try to lift a song with it, if it fits.
Your second single, ‘Change Your Romance’, has just recently received the music video treatment. In it, it shows you and another performing the song. There’s also a woman conducting a pole dance. What is the song about and how do these visions coincide with the lyrics?
Thomas: I wrote the lyrics for that one. We all have our dark little secrets and lusts that we dare not speak of. The message in the song is that we should stop being ashamed of everything and feel more free and open about our sexuality. The dancer represents our sexuality, which is something beautiful. The dark, cold factory she dances in represents our own and society’s judgement and how we feel like we have to hide it.
You have two singles upcoming, the second of which is a collaboration single with Afterimage 23. This single will be titled ‘Schizophrenia (EBM Mix)’. Why did you decide to work with Afterimage 23 and do you know when we can expect this new song?
Thomas: Mau-P is very much involved in A23 and I was honored to be asked to sing on the chorus for 'Schizophrenia'. We all really liked how the song turned out. So much so that Anaqim made an EBM mix for us to release as Moda Makina, with the permission of A23. It will be released early spring.
Your next single is titled ‘The Promise’. The information on that song is scarce. Can you tell us anything about the single?
Thomas: 'The Promise' will be released on March 7th. It’s about longing and waiting for someone. It’s an amazing song, with beautiful additional vocals by Eleze. Really happy to have her on the track. A lovely and soaring musical piece, with passionate vocals and beautiful harmonies. You should really check it out.
And what else do you have in the works for 2021? Any other songs, albums, remixes, or EPs in the works? Will you be (potentially) playing live shows anywhere?
Thomas: There will be a lot of new music coming this year and hopefully another video, so stay tuned. When Covid has run it’s course, we are all for playing live, for sure. That’s where the real magic happens. Not as artist and crowd, but as a union of likeminded people enjoying good music.
Lastly, I would like to thank you for your time. I wish you the best. The space below is for you to mention anything I may have failed to mention. Cheers!
Thomas: It was a pleasure! We will work hard and consistent to get our music out there, so to you out there, if you like our music, please help spread the word.
This interview was commissioned through our Ko-fi page.
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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