Playing a potent mix of sleazy grunge and power pop perfection, Mozes and the Firstborn hail from The Netherlands.
With inspirations varying from Guided by Voices and Beck to Weezer and Nirvana it only made sense that the Californian label Burger Records released their self-titled debut album in 2014. Since then the band has embarked on international tours with The Growlers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and together Pangea in the United States and Europe.
The past year Mozes and the Firstborn have been recording new tunes for their third full-length album. Embracing the feel of a mixtape, they blend their favorite styles and genres into an intriguing conglomeration of songs.
In advance of their appearance headlining at the next Basement Bash Vol. XII, we sat down over a hot phone line and asked Melle from Mozes and the Firstborn their deepest darkest secrets…
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indieberlin: How did you come up with the name?
Melle (Mozes and the Firstborn): Through a childhood obsession with The Prince of Egypt. I actually got baptized because of that film.
indieberlin: Tell us something about yourself that you always wanted to say but no one has ever asked you.
Melle (Mozes and the Firstborn): I want to be a crabfisher on the Bering Sea.
I once kissed a guy on stage and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.
indieberlin: If your music was a movie, which genre would it be in?
Melle : Are you pulling my leg? A musical, of course.
indieberlin: Tell us a secret about yourself.
Melle: I once kissed a guy on stage and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.
indieberlin: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Melle: Everyday feelings and thoughts caused by what happens around me.
Nicest compliment? “I like how you don’t always sing in tune.”
indieberlin: What music do you listen to when you’re touring?
Melle: We have a Rammstein CD in our car that we’re definitely going to play on the way to Berlin.
indieberlin: What was your biggest stage fuck-up?
Melle: Tripping over a cable during the intro of our set, landing flat on my face off-stage.
indieberlin: What was the nicest compliment you once got?
Melle: I like how you don’t always sing in tune.
indieberlin: In ten years you look back to today and think:_____________
Melle: That was worth the hassle.
indieberlin: Do you want to greet somebody ;-))?
Melle: My childhood friend Sjef, who lives in Berlin now. Hope you come to the show, man!
Win tickets to Mozes and the Firstborn at Basement Bash Vol. XII 27th September 2018 – write to win (at) indieberlin.de
Noel Maurice is one of the founders of indieberlin. Originally from the UK via a childhood in Johannesburg, he has been resident in Berlin since 1991. Describing himself as a ‘recovering musician’, he is the author of The Berlin Diaires, a trilogy detailing the East Berlin art and squat scene of the early 90s, available on Amazon and through this site.