If there is an underlying trait in all good music, it must be its ability to crush boundaries between genres, dancefloors and couches, twelve inches and YouTube clips.

Enter Moullinex, Lisbon and Munich-based Luis Clara Gomes. Originally from a small countryside town in Portugal, he was surrounded by music and musicians during childhood and since an early age has been solely dedicated to the pursuit of his own sound, refusing to adhere to a specific genre or scene, but taking comfort in disco and house as a starting point. That being said, if there is a common trait between his productions, it must be the careful craft of melodies, a strong degree of human touch in machine- based music, unpretentious synthesizers, desperate guitars, striking basslines, and beats reminiscing from a not so distant dancefloor past. Luis often collaborates with friends – in fact, most of the electric bass you’ll hear in his productions is responsability of renaissance man Luis Calçada (yes, another Luis), and the guitars are crafted by Bruno Cardoso, the creative force more commonly known as Xinobi.

While Luis has seen his work has received the acclaim of his peers, press and fans worldwide, with remixes for Cut Copy, Sebastien Tellier, Two Door Cinema Club (the list goes on and on…) and collaborating with Peaches for a disco-tastic rework of the classic track Maniac, he managed to find time to co-found the Discotexas imprint, together with Xinobi, now responsible for a flawless release catalog, along with a residency in one of the most sought-after clubs in Europe – Lux, Lisbon. Started in 2012, The Discotexas Band is label’s very own in-house band, reminiscent of old Soul & R&B bands from the Motown era, where Moullinex, Xinobi & Da Chick perform the label’s tracks along with their own.
If you think this is too much, wait: there’s more: the music videos for Moullinex are responsability of Luis Clara Gomes and Luis Calçada. They have been praised everywhere, for use of ground-breaking technology and creativity.

Não é música de dança. É apenas música. Apesar da intensa actividade nesse mundo, Moullinex, o alter-ego do viseense Luis Clara Gomes quer ser, e é, muito mais do que uma mera máquina de fazer dançar. Não que não seja bom a pôr pessoas a abanar, é só que se move igualmente bem entre vários géneros e ambientes, sejam eles a pista, o sofá ou a rua.
Paralelamente, Luis continua a ser requisitado por todo o mundo para actuar, em clubes suados e festivais ensolarados, seja como DJ ou com Moullinex em formato banda, a trabalhar incessante e obsessivamente em estúdio – em produções próprias e na música de amigos –, tendo também mão nos vídeos e imagem do projecto. Já para não falar da formação em ciências da computação, que o tem levado a colaborar com astrónomos internacionais. Nem da Discotexas, a editora que fundou em 2006, com o cúmplice Xinobi, que se transformou de um colectivo de artistas com uma residência numa das mais prestigiadas discotecas da Europa, o Lux, para uma editora “a sério”, com base sólida de fãs global. Seja o que for que esteja a fazer, Luis Clara Gomes tenta dar um cunho pessoal a tudo. Para confirmar, é só ouvir Elsewhere. Ou ir procurar qualquer outro trabalho no qual ele tenha posto as mãos.