AJ Mora is an extraordinary trailblazer in the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) business. He's been a DJ and music producer for over 30 years. His discography includes the albums, Transformed and Soul of a DJ. More recently, he has released singles on various labels. This includes Deeplife Records who released his new album in August 2020, Renewal, with some very special covers and remixes.
Some of his work has been featured on HBO, Disney, ESPN and other various TV programs. His music has also landed a No. 1 song on Billboard's Top 100 Dance Charts.
In this interview, we discussed what he has been working on recently and what he plans on doing in the future. He told us a little about the EDM genre and Renewal. We also talked about his creative influences and how COVID-19 has affected him.
Renewal is your first solo project since 2013. What has that space held for you so far?
I have released a few single projects here and there over the years. But, I’m really excited about the recent release of Renewal. It is definitely a special project that I hope will inspire faith hope love and music.
You’ve been producing CEDM for decades now, including the popular Nitro Praise series. Why stay in this genre?
My faith as a DJ has always been very important to me, even when I make just music-driven tracks with no lyrics. There’s no doubt that during the Nitro Praise days, Christian dance artist Scott Blackwell was a huge inspiration for allowing EDM to be used as a form of outreach and worship. Renewal features my sister, Gabee, with a cover of Cory Asbury's popular worship song, "Reckless Love." This song, I believe, drives the inspiration of my life mission behind the entire project.
What are some of your creative influences?
In general, artists Beck, Moby and Adam Beyer have always had musical influence in my life.
As you mentioned, “Reckless Love” reunites you with your sister, Gabee, on remixing popular worship tracks. Will we be hearing more in the future?
My sister, Gabee, is an exceptional singer. And, yes, we plan on doing more of this style for a complete worship album in the very near future.
As the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue, what do you miss most about performing live?
Interaction and social experiences are obviously greatly missed. I love the reactions from the dance floor and the environment where people are being with friends and enjoying good music. Clearly, this has been massively affected by the precautions needed for this pandemic.
What’s the biggest challenge you face as an artist in this ever-changing landscape.
I think the greatest challenge is balancing the realities of the nightlife dance music community and constantly being aware of sharing the hope that is found in Christ; through a witness of a lifestyle that models after Christ. Challenging, not in the sense of my own faith, but how it can be expressed and received by others in a culture where faith has been convoluted, polluted, distorted, and manipulated by politics and religious hindrances.
I will be back in production with my sister, Gabee, on a special worship album and continue to put out some singles for the rest of the year.
How can we be praying for you?
God‘s wisdom, favor, and discernment in every aspect of my life.
Kevin McNeese started NRT in 2002 and has worked in the industry since 1999 in one form or another. He has been a fan of Christian music since 1991.
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