Dubspot caught up with Brendon Moeller (a.k.a. Beat Pharmacy, a.k.a. Echologist) at last year at Movement Festival in Detroit to discuss perseverance, self-definition as a musician, challenging yourself as an artist and much more.
Brendon Moeller (a.k.a. Beat Pharmacy, a.k.a. Echologist) emigrated from South Africa to New York in 1993, and has since become a staple of the post-Basic Channel dub techno and electronic music world at large. Brendon Moeller has worked with various labels including Steadfast, Deep Space, Astralwerks, Mule Musiq, Six Degrees, and also with revered vocalists like Paul St. Hilaire, Mikey Dread, and Mutabaruka.
In our interview, the prolific producer talks about his early beginning and fighting to get his music heard, self-definition as a musician and evolving as an artist, incorporating live elements into his stage performance setup, seamlessly integrating hardware and digital music technology. His current setup includes Elektron Machinedrum, Elektron Analog 4, Moog Minitaur, iPad and a Behringer iStudio Dock.
Preview Brendon Moeller’s latest EP titled Reconcile out now on the legendary Vienna-based electronic label Pomelo, founded and operated by Art Vega, Dan Lodig, and visual artist Dextro. Also, check Resident Advisor for his upcoming live dates.
Brendon Moeller has essentially spent almost everyday of his life since 1994 in a home recording studio. Through research and practice he has evolved into a prolific producer with 10 full length albums under his belt along with dozens of singles and remixes. He has performed live and DJ’ed at Fabric, Berghain and Cielo on numerous occasions. He also runs his own label “steadfast records.” His love of a hybrid of hardware and digital resources for production shines through. His music has been championed by the likes of Francois K, Speedy J, Danny Howells, amongst others. An eclectic sensibility stemming from a love of many genres of music is always evident in Brendon’s work.