Indie Rock

Interview with Mofaza

The Deli (TD): Who is Mofaza?
Mofaza (M): Mofaza is a project that has been going since 2004. The vocalists are the ZGAman and Franco Popular (heir to the fortune of his father, Banco Popular) and Max Boom the producer. We also had the great pleasure to feature Miss Caitlin, aka Fancy Ketchup, on a few of the tracks. We usually just released music directly to our friends and other supporters over the years. This is our first public release.

TD: Musically, the sound of Mofaza is very different than your work with other local bands. Is there a style of music you prefer to work in or is it the variety that motived this album?
M: We’ve all played in various bands over the years, but Mofaza allows us to continue making music without expectations of genre or need to even be in the same room together. Its lasting power is that its goal is purely fun and to make ourselves giggle.

TD: For me the standout track is "Better Than Me", it seems destined for a video. What is the story behind that song and are there bigger plans for it?
M: We recorded that track about 6 years ago when Franco was living in New Orleans, and we were in Chicago. Ambition and status are pretty big themes for us and I think that one lays that out pretty clearly. Videos would be a lot of fun, and something we talk about, but we don’t know anyone who could put something like that together.

TD: Mofaza will be performing live at Beat Kitchen of February 16th. Is this the Mofaza’s first live performance? What are the plans for bringing these songs to the stage?
M: We’ve performed a few times over the years, but always at parties and smaller shows. This show won’t be any different since the show is a birthday party for our friend Tony who fronts the band Shot Baker. Pretty much all the bands playing have known each other for years so it should be a great time. It’s in no way an exclusive event so if you’re curious definitely come out and have fun. 

TD: Is this a one off project or might there be more to come from Mofaza? What's next for Mofaza?

M: There’ll definitely be more music from us, but I doubt playing live will happen again. Most of the bands playing on the 16th have been inactive for a long time due to members living in different parts of the country etc. A lot of people are traveling in just to play so there’s always a good chance this could be it for a few bands on the list.

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"Its lasting power is that its goal is purely fun and to make ourselves giggle."

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This is the work of Jocelyn Summers (vocals), Julius Moriarty (guitar), Jason Leather (bass), and Deric Criss (drums).


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"July" is the first reveal off of his forthcoming third album, Pure at Heart, which is expected to hit later this year. Juan Rodríguez