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INTERVIEW – MARK KINGSLEY AKA DA MOTH AKA GRING-OH-STAR of LA BEATDOWN – EC ARMY

1.) NAME?

Mark Kingsley AKA Da Moth AKA Gring-Oh-Star

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Photo courtesy of Voyeur and Mark Kingsley

2.) WHERE YOU FROM?

New Bedford MA..

3.) WHERE YOU REPPIN CURRENTLY?

Los Angeles

4.) WHO’S AN ALLY/CREW YOU REP OR ARE YOU A SOLO ARTIST?

LA BEATDOWN, EC ARMY

5.) WHATS YOUR FIRST MEMORIES OF MUSIC?

Music has been a huge part of my life since before I can remember, I guess my earliest memories are of listening to my dads band jam at his practice spot..which was his homies basement I believe

6.) WHEN DID YOU FIRST HEAR BASS MUSIC?

I found drum and bass at the first rave I ever went to…in 95..It was Soul Slinger and TC Izlam. I walked into the jungle room that night and I feel like I haven’t left since…My styles have progressed throughout the years but I always try to stay true to my
junglist roots..

7.) WHERE YOU AT RIGHT NOW? WHAT CURRENT AND RELEASED PROJECTS COULD YOU SHARE WITH US?

I am currently working on my first solo EP..It should be ready for release by the end of october.

8.) ANY SHOWS OR EVENTS YOU’LD LIKE TO SHOUT OUT?

Gotta give a shout to the Do-Lab and to Fish Bon for throwing some amazing events this summer..
And so much love to my LA BEATDOWN family…I may be bias but they are still my favorite shows to play…

9.) RAMEN OR MAC AND CHEESE?

Mac n Cheese…

10.) ANY BOOKS YOU READING RIGHT NOW?

I’m reading “On the Warrior’s Path” by Daniele Bolelli..The man is a savage.I highly recommend it.

11.) IF YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW WITH 5000$ Where would it be and What would you be doing?

I would probably go to Egypt and check out the pyramids..either that or I would go to Burning Man and party my ass off.

12.) WHAT IS YOUR TOP 5 FAVORITE CHARITABLE CAUSES?

I cant really pick favorites..But I feel strongly towards helping the homeless..Ive been there and I know how hard it is to get out without help.

13.) WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU RIGHT NOW?

Life Liberty and the pursuit of happiness…And Good Music

15.) DO YOU HAVE A SOUNDCLOUD FACEBOOK WEBSITE MIXCLOUD TWITTER YOUTUBE OR OTHER PROFILES ONLINE YOU’LD LIKE TO SHARE?

I have 2 actually…

http://soundcloud.com/da-moth

http://soundcloud.com/gring-oh-star

16.) WHO’S IN YOUR TOP TEN RIGHT NOW?

Thriftworks, OFWGKTA, Stephan Jacobs, Chris B, Danny Brown, Culprate, Eskmo, Heyoka, Tipper, Puscifer..

17.) WHAT KIND OF PREFORMER ARE YOU?

Umm..I guess some words that have been used to describe my shows are: Diverse,Inspired,Filthy,Energetic,Slightly Insane,Bassed Out, and magical on occasion.

18.) DO YOU LIKE ART?

Usually…It’s subjective.

19.) IF SO ANY VISUAL ARTISTS OR PAINTERS OR GRAFFITI ARTISTS OR GRAPHIC DESIGNERS ETC ETC YOUR INTO RIGHT NOW?

There is sooo much amazing digital art coming out its hard to keep track of.

20.) TOP 5 WEBSITES YOU LIKE?

For music I like additech and Bandcamp, For Health I frequent Onnit.com and Doyogawithme.com and for healthy doses of anger and paranoia I usually go to disinfo.com or adamvstheman.com

21.) WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO GET DAILY NEWS FROM ABOUT CURRENT EVENTS IN OUR COUNTRY AND ABROAD?

www.adamvstheman.com

www.disinfo.com

www.theonion.com

www.vice.com

22.) Where do you see the future of Bass Music heading?

I think its only going to get bigger..Truthfully I think the bass culture scene is still young..With technology advancing at the speed it is,I cant even imagine how insane music is going to be in 10 years..Im pretty sure it will still be some hybrid form of bass music though..

23.) If you could work with any artist, who would it be?

I would love to get in the lab with Amon Tobin or Richard D James.They are both mad scientists…

24.) What country’s do you like best for your genre besides your own?

Love the U.K. sound…I know its a typical answer but I have to be honest…They are the pioneers…Theres a lot of amazing hip hop coming out of South Africa right now as well…

25.) what’s your favorite sport?

I’m a huge fan of Mixed Martial Arts..or any kind of combat sport….Its pretty much the only sports I watch…

26.) When did you first start DJ’ing?

I bought my first decks in 98…I was a horrible gabber DJ for the first 6 months year till my friends threatened to never talk to me again unless i switched genres…

27.) Is there a reason or someone/something that influenced you to take the step towards becoming who you are today in the music industry?

I would say most of my inspiration came from my amazing crew of Boston Djs and friends that I came up with.Miztah Lex, Mo7s, E.C Army, A.I.N.C, Nick Chaos and my HOME posse. There was always so much love and encouragement in Boston.

28.) Top 5 events you’ve played since starting to DJ?…In No particular order….Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle,every LA BEATDOWN I ever played, S.F. Decom, And all those crazy raves at the ASYLUM..(I barely remember them but I know they were a lot of fun).lol..

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http://onesheet.com/Damoth/….

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