TIDAL Rising: Mogli
From Alaska to Mexico: Mogli in search of Happiness
The German singer-songwriter Mogli is a true world traveller. Together with her partner and filmmaker Felix Starck, she explores the globe in unusual ways. The couple documents their journeys on film and with music. Mogli’s debut Bird was released together with Starcks first movie, the surprise cinema hit Pedal The World in 2015, a project were he cycled across the globe hitting 22 different countries. For their new adventure the couple chose a rather comfy way of travelling.
In a converted American schoolbus Mogli and Starck travelled independently from camping lots and hotels all the way from Alaska to Mexico. The result of their journey is the documentary Expedition Happiness. Mogli’s sophomore album Wanderer is the musical backdrop for this breathtaking picture.
Expedition Happiness is now out worldwide on Netflix. We caught up with Mogli to get to know her a little bit better.
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Who is Mogli? Could you introduce yourself?
Mogli likes to take you on a journey. She sings about the wide open spaces in Alaska or the Grand Canyon while giving access to her innermost feelings – with epic soundscapes, mellow tunes, drums and choirs or in a very intimate setting, accompanied by grand piano only.
When did you first get into music?
I hummed along when my mother played the piano even before I could talk.
Who were your musical heroes growing up?
Mozart and Eminem.
Name an album, artist or experience that changed your perspective on music?
Alt-J, because they stayed true to themselves and did not release a mainstream album after they had commercial success with their indie-music. Instead they evolved and developed an even more crazy sound.
Your new album Wanderer is closely linked to the documentary Expedition Happiness. You are a part of the movie yourself and were on the journey from Alaska to Mexico. Can you tell us about one special experience you had during travelling?
The most special thing for me was, that we were completely off-grid in our converted schoolbus. Having my piano and guitar on board made it possible to write songs literally in the middle of nowhere and instantly turn my surroundings and how I reacted to it into songs.
Do you have a favorite tune on your new album? If yes, what is the story behind that song?
I think I like the Outro the best, because I recorded it together with my whole band in one take. It has its own dynamic and refers back to other songs on the album. It feels like a conclusion to my personal journey and the journey of the album.
A book that you wish everyone would read?
Where will your next journey take you?
I have one year of adventure behind me, right now I just want to settle down. Usually it does not take long until the wanderlust comes calling again though. When that happens, I normally don’t go to a place that is on my bucket list, but the place that I’m drawn to in that very moment.
Can you recommend another rising artist?
I really like Maggie Rogers!
What is next for you?
I bought a piece of land in the countryside and want to build a house.
What is the best thing that happened to you lately?
Finally sharing my album with the world – and the world premiere of our movie. Even though I directed it and have seen every scene for about 1000 times, I was so excited sitting in that cinema, listening to my songs through a huge soundsystem and watching our journey.
And finally, if your music was an animal, what would it be?
An eagle who flies around the world with big flaps and describes what he sees.
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