Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, a city with a diverse underground scene, DJ/Promoter Mo Ichi established her roots in techno, progressive, house and electro. She has been uniting dance floors for over 16 years after finding a common musical platform that fuses these genres. Remaining true to the underground movement and through her commitment to vinyl preservation, she disseminates her sound through the more “traditional” use of the Technics 1200 turntable.
Upon arriving in Melbourne in 2003, Mo Ichi has supported plenty of talent including Thomas Schumacher, D-Nox & Beckers, Mathew Jonson, DJ T, Audiofly, Martinez, Mr C, Ripperton, Lee Burridge, Hernan Cattaneo, Monolake, Carl Cox and Stephan Bodzin. She ran the night Pitch(b):tch at Loop for over 9 years and Kitch’n’Sync at Republica for one year in collaboration with DJ Miyagi. The duo continues to promote events under the PITCH moniker.
Locally she has held residencies at SUNNY, Bimbo Deluxe and Revolver. Mo Ichi has played with some of Melbourne’s underground elite at Brown Alley, Instinct Events, Black Market, SuperEnjoy, My Aeon, Killing Time, The Lounge, F4, Miss Libertine, Semi-Retired, Ladyfest Melbourne, ROXY, Meccanoid, F.L.I.R.T., Midsumma, Lectro, More Bass, DXM Almost Human, The Royal Melbourne Hotel, The Palace, Honkytonks, Section 8 and The Prince of Wales.
Her career highlights include gigs at the Rainbow Serpent Festival Market Lu’Au 2008-2015, SUNNY’s 10th and 18th birthday party, Folk/Rhythm/Life Festival 2008-14, Earthdance 2008, Minimal Tokyo at Soft 2006/07 (Tokyo), Midsumma Festival, Sunshine People NYD 2007 boat cruise and Earthcore Launch Party 2006. She has made guest appearances on KISS FM, Kinetik Frequencies Radio Show, JOY FM, Mix Industry FM, TRNSMT and Triple J’s “Mix Up”.
If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?
No one! I witnessed how pear shaped it can go in “Freaky Friday”.
Do you believe that dance music has been an influence in helping society to accept homosexuality and gender self image differences?
Dance music culture has its roots in the gay scene. Disco was a movement that not only contributed to a rebellion by the gay scene (Stonewall), but also its emancipation. People would look to the dance floor as a sanctuary, a place where they could re-invent themselves and create a unique community. By the early eighties, warehouse parties gave birth to house music which served as a platform where people could express themselves freely through the music. This in turn helped to create a culture of acceptance and tolerance. I believe this mindset spilled over into the rest of mainstream society and exposed people to different walks of life that they wouldn’t have crossed paths with in a non-club environment.
What is your best club experience?
It was the first rave that I went to in 1994. It had a massive impact on my life in terms of exposing me to an unexplored scene, to a new school of people, to underground music and a new lifestyle. My life became about searching for white labels and buying records, putting on parties and scouring the globe for the ultimate (preferably) clandestine club experience. The darker, grittier and open minded the venue was, the further I could push the boundaries of my sound.
Please let us introduce KONTRAST Mini-Mix #3.3 by Mo Ichi! This podcast does not wait for anyone, jumping straight into dark pulsating beats and raw, daring basslines with stuttering pads. Turn up the volume – this is some good techno.
1. Kiko – Grenoble
2. AFFKT – Rantanplan (Pirupa Rmx)
3. Kiko – Apollo
4. Julian Jeweil – Coar
5. Oliver Koletzki – Ipuza
6. Blue Mondays – Metalhead
KONTRAST is a collective of creative spirits who loves to combine raw sounds, dark, thumping beats and intense, edgy musical experiences with extraordinary visual elements in an experimental and innovative way. We want to build something new, colourful and unforgettable and to explore how sounds, shapes and visual imprints together can create something bigger than ourselves, and a different state of mind. The third series of the KONTRAST mini-mix series will run from March 16 to April 6th, and there will be an exclusive podcast from each artist with a short interview to get to know them better.
Mini-Mix Series #3:
To learn more about KONTRAST Collective check out their Facebook Page. Listen to their previous mini-mix series on their Soundcloud.