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Mothra swoops on Electric Picnic

Wednesday, 29th August, 2018 4:55pm

With a much-anticipated Electric Picnic just around the corner, one of Cork's newest projects is set to debut at the festival this weekend.

Mothra is the brainchild of Hassan Baker, a first generation immigrant from Cork and co-founder of Cork-based collective Hausu Records who will be bringing his themes of self-awareness and inner conflict to the Stradbally festival this Saturday.

Rooted in spoken word and hip-hop, Mothra is the product of Baker’s background performing poetry around Cork city. Joining up with Word Up Collective, a Dublin group of independent artists promoting hip hop and urban music, his festival appearance will provide an early glimpse at some of Mothra’s upcoming work.

Born in Iraq, Baker grew up surrounded by the influences of his parents – the likes of Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and Arabic poetry.

“With Arabic poetry, there’s a freedom to pronounce words differently, and that’s something that’s very much part of my lyrics when I write,” he says of his work, adding that it “centres on a general frustration with the self”.

“When you’re annoyed at yourself, but you might not know why, or looking at your own imperfections. And also your perceptions of what you’re good at, why you’re confident about it.”

Though introspective and self-examination, Mothra is also a personal response to the ubiquity of social media, and the society we live in today.

“We’re at a point where social media is taking hold more than ever, and we’re only really coming to grips with it now, and how it magnifies and amplifies our own insecurities,” he says.

“The mini-orgasm feeling you get when someone likes your Facebook photo, things like that.”

Formed last year, Hausu Records currently includes the likes of Actualacid, Automatic Blue, Repeater and Ghostking is Dead, all of whom have released work in the last number of months.

Weaving together electronic, psychedelic and punk elements, the group has several upcoming releases, with Mothra set to be added to the list in the coming months.

Catch Mothra at 3.35pm as part of Word Up Collective’s spoken word series at Electric Picnic. The set takes place from 3.30pm-4.30pm at the Theatre Tent in Mindfield on Saturday 1 September.

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