Audiomoe is a producer/musician/DJ based in Los Angeles who pulls on his Moroccan roots as well as his upbringing in New York and Miami to create a global sound. His music has been featured in numerous TV shows as well as the 2017/18 Oscars. He also recently scored the movie ‘Killer Bees’ produced by Shaquille O’Neal and gave a TEDx talk while on tour in Asia.
We connected with the multi-talented and well traveled Audiomoe for an exclusive interview to discuss his incredible Caleb Wheeler-directed music video and single “Body Talkin”, which features vocals by Flo Marinez, and dancers, Ashley Dennis, Kristen Katchadourian, Mikki Hernandez, Octavia Bennett, and Tinisee Kandakai. We also talked with Audiomoe about what he considers to be his biggest musical accomplishment, how he unwinds when not working on music, and whether we can expect to hear “Body Talkin” on an upcoming EP or album.
After reading our Q&A with Audiomoe, be sure to stream “Body Talkin” on Spotify and connect with him on his website and social media.
Congratulations on the release of your new single/video "Body Talkin". Tell us about how the song itself was created and why you decided to shoot a video for it.
This song was quite a journey! I originally wrote the music for my friend’s project in Australia. One of the people I work with here in LA loved it and asked for a vocal so I got together with a longtime co-writer and close friend in NY and we wrote a short demo. That ended up getting placed in a Neutrogena commercial and blew up online so we made it a full-length track. Shortly after we released that track the director of the video, Caleb Wheeler, reached out about collaborating on a video. He sent over his reel and I was blown away. We talked concepts and next thing I know we’re out in the desert shooting with an amazing cast and crew. I’m still in awe that all these crazy talented people came together for this video.
Can we expect to hear "Body Talkin" on an upcoming EP or album this spring or summer? If so, what can you tell us about it?
Yes! I’m working on new tunes with the co-writer of Body Talkin and we have some amazing vocalists lined up. It’s going to expand on the sound of Body Talkin with world rhythms and a great melody.
You’re currently based in Los Angeles but your roots go back to Morocco. How would you say that your Moroccan culture influences the music you make now?
It’s deeply ingrained in me especially from a rhythmic perspective. My parents played so much Moroccan music when I was a kid and those rhythmic patterns appealed to me young. I started playing the drums at 12 and loved playing along to all those records.
You've accomplished a lot in your music career thus far, including the scoring of movie entitled ‘Killer Bees’, and you gave a TEDx talk while on tour in Asia. What would you personally say has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
Oh wow that’s tough... I really feel so lucky... Scoring the movie has a special place in my heart because it’s the first movie I scored front to back and the directors really gave me full creative license. It was truly one of the greatest music experiences of my career.
What do you remember about the first song you produced? Would you say that any elements from that production are still present in your music now?
Ha, probably that it was awful... I’m a drummer first and foremost so I play every instrument from a rhythmic place and remember most of my early stuff had a lot of bounce to it. That’s something I just naturally do and it’s in most everything I write.
What do you do to relax and unwind when you are not in the recording studio or traveling for music related tasks?
I don’t get too much down time because I’m also in a band called Hirsh and have another project with an amazing singer named Elijah Jamal but when I find the time I love cooking. The common thread in my family is humor and food and I’m always scheming up some crazy new dish to cook for my lady & friends!