Afroschnitzel is the collaboration of Vienna-based producer-percussionist Ayotheartist and Frankfurt-based producer/DJ Mohig
The sonic brainchild
They first met on an international boarding school in the Czech Republic, back in 1996. Quickly they became friends, embracing a similarly eclectic taste in music. Soon thereafter starting to create their own sample based hip hop and leftfield beats with an Akai S20 sampler.
Heavily influenced by golden era rap culture as well as the urban UK Jungle movement, their unique combination of live MCing and percussion with Mohig DJing established a high reputation.
Word spread and they were getting frequently booked and garnered attention from a Sony representative.
After years of studying, working in London, Vienna and Frankfurt, it was 2013 when Ayo and Moritz decided to re-group and form Afroschnitzel. They started to work intensely to incorporate organic sounds and jazz elements as opposed to strictly synthesized music in their productions.
Afroschnitzel released their first two albums independently via Bandcamp and SoundCloud, getting some major response from all over the globe. In January 2017, they produced the ‘Womb of Libation’ EP – inspired by Yoruba culture and many other afro vibrations with a Western, European twist.
The release generated real underground buzz. Unexpectedly, they were signed to the renowned Afro House imprint MoBlack Records. Now they’re played by the likes of Laurent Garnier, Hisa Ishioka (King Street), Kiko Navarro, Paco Osuna, Rhythm Staircase, MoBlack, Gene Farris, Souldynamic, Phaze Dee, Till von Sein, DJ Pope, Cevin Fisher to name a few.
On February 17, 2017, their track ‘Spoiler Room’ charted number 1 on the iTunes dance charts in Kenya.
In October 2017, Afroschnitzel performed live at legendary annual MoBlack Base on Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) alongside David Morales, Aluku Rebels, Mr Silk, Moonrocket, Sunlightsquare, Spellband and many more.
Afroschnitzel are in a constant process of making new underground vibes. Traveling between Vienna and Frankfurt, they meet on weekends to compose music and perform on selected venues. The future holds more releases and an unpredictable performance schedule – simply bright musical prospects for the duo.