This dude’s back story is pretty amazing.
Michael Moppert was a Swiss musician, initially influenced by pop artists such as David Bowie but later focused on electronic production. Presumably as he reached the stresses of third decade-adulthood Moppert got involved in business, and entered the dirty world of capitalism (or a ‘successful start up’, as he puts it). In 2008 Moppert quit business to once more pursue music, releasing music under the Sonarpilot guise and founding an eponymous record label.
By contrast to the expected paradigm, Moppert is far from the old rocker attempting to relive the dream. He’s a darn good producer, pursuing sped house beats with sweeping high-ends and phasers.
His new release is called ‘June Dub’, which features remixes from Brendon Mueller of ‘Anchor’ fame, and Jonny Miller. The original is, unsurprisingly, a straight up ‘dub’, with brazen wobbles and strangely distant vocals. Mueller’s first of two remixes is real low slung, layering moody bass with elastic melodies and jazz twirls. Miller’s take is far more scattergun, chopping the base cut into a disorientated but well-polished lick.
Perhaps the best place to start, though, is with techno producer Trevino and his remix of Sonarpilot’s ‘Radar’ - released last October. This is featured on Arkist’s Hotflush podcast, and is a really refreshing driver. Yus.