Since bursting onto the scene in 2020 with her What You Want EP on Kaluki, Danish/Filipino DJ and producer Manda Moor has become something of a rising star in the house and tech house world, with releases on Hot Creations, Tamango and Afro Acid, curating the Mood Edits series with Sirus Hood, as well as performances at the likes of Elrow, Creamfields, The Warehouse Project and Hi Ibiza.
This summer sees her take up resident duties at Paradise at Amnesia Ibiza, Hot Creations boss Jamie Jones’ weekly Wednesday night soirée, as well as festival appearances at Utopia Festival in Marseille, Summer in the City in London, and a host of international gigs. She also recently performance at the Desperados x Beatport ‘Rave to Save’ event in Ibiza, which sought to support Women in Music and Stonewall.
Check out her set from the opening night of Paradise here.
909originals caught up with her.
Hi Manda, great to talk to you. How is the season in Ibiza going so far?
Hey thank you for having me! We’re soon halfway through the season and it’s been amazing so far. Time flies, I’m enjoying every bit!
Obviously it’s the first proper season since 2019 due to the pandemic. Do you think there’s a different energy there this year? What has it been like?
After the pandemic years, I feel that people appreciate parties even more, and every event has even more magic in it. People are hungry for this energy, and it’s a blessing to play for crowds that are so open to receive this energy.
The Paradise opening party, for instance, was simply out of this world, people came early and vibed until the morning – by the way Jamie destroyed Amnesia, we were all in a trance! Our Mood Child party with Sirus Hood at the Wild Corner of Hi was pure magic as well, I can’t wait to play there again on August 23, and also my other shows at Paradise on August 3 and September 7.
As well as being resident at Paradise, you recently released an EP on Hot Creations, The Climax. How would describe it?
Yes I’m extremely proud to be part of the Paradise and the Hot Creations family, it’s been a dream for me. For this EP, I was inspired by the pure energy of Burning Man and Jamie’s set at the Kazbah, B2B with The Martinez Brothers. I wanted something tribal, primitive, with raw grooves, something that touches the soul and the inner child.
What are Jamie Jones and the Hot Creations team like to work with?
It’s not work, it’s pure pleasure. The Hot Creations team are the best, and they are led by the best. Jamie is one of a kind and his work ethic and charisma is a true inspiration for the whole scene.
You started releasing music in 2020, just as the pandemic hit. Was that a productive time for you? And also what was it like to finally hear your tracks being played in clubs as restrictions eased?
Yes absolutely, I took advantage of the pandemic to find myself and to work even harder. I believe that when you’re in this type of ’emergency’ situation, you give yourself the kick in the butt needed to excel.
I started releasing my first tracks and also Mood Edits with Sirus Hood, a concept of limited series of edits on Bandcamp only. Many of my edits, like Slow Touch, gained much hype because of their rarity, and because they were played massively by The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, and Pete Tong on BBC Radio 1.
To be able to hear them in clubs, played by my favourite DJs in real life was mind-blowing to me and still is. Going from my studio to big stages and seeing real reactions is so gratifying.
Your Mood Edits project has already got 12 releases under its belt. How has that project evolved and what are your plans for it?
After putting out these 12 hugely successful volumes we decided to put an end to it. But it’s the beginning of many new exciting projects.
We will release a very limited double vinyl of our most requested edits. It will be available mid September. After this adventure, it seams natural to evolve to original music from us, from the artists that we love and to start our party.
The whole concept of our new label Mood Child is to have multiple colours, multiple moods, multiple cultures. We believe in diversity and this is what we want to share.
What does the rest of the summer have in store for you?
I’ll be most of the time in Ibiza for my Paradise shows, as well as the Mood Child party and Elrow in August, Hi with The Martinez Brothers on September 20, and many other parties in Europe and Brazil. I’m looking very much forward to all of them, and taking in all the magic of the present moment.
Thanks Manda for chatting to us. Keep up to date with her future appearances via her Facebook page.