By: Mohamad Hosein Moslemi
Mohamad Hosein Moslemi was born in Tehran on the 13th of June, 1991. He began composing at a young age, starting with basic systems, and has been active in music for the past twelve years. His first few jobs included work in retail alongside various performances. However his first serious job was a commercial business partnership related to music in Sam Center (located in Fereshteh), which he recalled as being a success. His creative name and name of his business is “M.H Project,” a shortened version of his name.
How did you get into music? And how long have been being producing for?
I started producing music 12 years ago. I have enjoyed playing and listening to music since I was 10. I remember when I was 10 or 11 years old, there was a PlayStation game called “MTV Music Generator” which gave the user the opportunity to create simple music. While all my classmates used to save games on their PlayStation memory cards, I used to save my music on it.
Tell us about your background and if your educational background or life experiences affected your current character?
Undoubtedly during the past 12 years, my work and my personal life were interrelated and linked and affect each other. Generally, the more I’m under pressure or under the influence of a certain matter in my personal life, the more I become focused and creative in my work. All I am now is based on my own experience, dedications and my unlimited desire in learning and understanding the art of music production. Being a music producer changed my path, it makes me lonely and different from others. All I’m searching for is success and I would rather become professional than famous.
M.H is my initials (Mohamad Hosein).
And why Project?
Because I’m aiming to create and produce not only music to hear but an influential art. Therefore, the whole process is more like a PROJECT to me.
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Tell us how you started your professional career and what was the turning point in your career?
I started my professional career when I was 16 with the previously mentioned game in PlayStation. I tried to produce the best with the least tools and equipment. All I wanted was to generate and pass good vibes on to others.
I faced lots of ups and downs in my professional career, but the most important point in my life, which I count as a turning point, and boosted my popularity was when our song with the Rebeat Band (disbanded now) was played by Tiesto (an international DJ). That was truly a turning point because when an international and well-known DJ plays your song and talks about you, the music industry will know you and believe in you.
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After that I released my song “If You Go Away” in Buddha-Bar XVI.
What inspires you the most and makes you want to keep producing music?
I got my inspiration only by music. For me music is metaphysical. However, I have some other goals, mainly to change the position of Iran’s music industry into a better place.
How do you usually find the perfect tune and what is the process like? What kind of equipment you usually use?
I usually start with a bass, kick or pad; it really depends on my mood. The main tool for me as an electronic music producer is the synthesizer. Synthesizers vary from monophonic to hybrid. I do have a mini keyboard which helps me produce the needed sounds. Furthermore, I use an audio plug in software interface (VST).
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Where do you usually record your productions? Do you have a home studio?
Since the time I started producing, I had a home recording studio (my own room) with average quality tools and equipment.
I really achieved the best with the least tools so I strongly believe that today I have better tools and more experience; becoming more successful won’t be complicated.
What is your description of an amazing producer? Is it more a technical know-how or innate musicianship?
In my opinion being a good producer only depends on the producer’s character and the way they interact with the audience.
Having professional equipment or tools won’t make you a good producer, they are only means to help you along the way.
What is distinctive about M.H production?
I just tried to be me and listened to my inner soul.
My production in electronic field differs from others and is a combination of acoustic and electronic tools.
The way which I use sub-genres of electronic makes M.H Project distinctive.
How did you build and grow your community?
I grew my community only through the internet because I didn’t have the opportunity to market my career in Iran. My main interaction with my audiences is through social media.
Do you focus more on what you enjoy or what your audiences like to hear?
A very good question, I have always said that primarily I care mostly about myself rather than audiences. I have to be satisfied with my own work, and if I don’t like it, then they probably won’t like it either.
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Who you are currently working with?
I worked with a number of artists which I can’t name one by one.
I work on musicians’ works once they come to me.
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Which one of your productions is your favorite one and why?
I like them all, but some give me different feelings, like the track “If You Go Away” which was heard by millions and also “Poem of the Atoms” by Salar Aghili were very influential.
What can your fans expect from M.H Project in the near future?
No planned events. I’ll plan to attend and play in famous festivals once I leave Iran.
Where and how do you usually release your music?
I was one of the first artists that opened my SoundCloud account and mostly release my works on it.
We see that you started your professional career a long time ago. Do you have any advice from what you have learned for aspiring musicians or producers?
Be unique, don’t infringe the copyrights, try your best to work individually and avoid partnership.
Lastly, what project you are most proud of?
I can’t be proud of any specific project but I am proud of myself because regardless of all the obstacles along my way, the world heard my voice.