Appreciation is all I have for someone that has the balls to ditch their suit and secure 9-5 for a life they’re passionate about. DJ Moma’s that guy. This time last year, after more than a decade of moonlighting as and becoming one of NYC’s most acclaimed soul and dance mixers, Mohamed “Moma” Hamad dropped his Manhattan engineering job for the nightlife and music.
Now that Moma’s freed himself from the necktie, he’s spending his days creating, whether it’s new mixes for sets, his Soundcloud page or original compositions as a producer.
I caught up with Moma at his apartment in the Flatiron District, where he talked about his journey from a DJ that once “bombed” in the early days to then being a chief party rocker. Days later I checked out his set at the Everyday People Brunch, a regular function in the city’s Lower East Side that he not only spins at, but also runs with socialite culinarian Chef Roblé Ali and brand consultant Saada Ahmed.
In addition to his Everyday People set at The DL, you can catch Moma at his Dance Dance Dance party on Wednesdays at Le Bain in the Meatpacking District, at Ginny’s Supper Club in Harlem on Fridays, and monthly at Casablanca in Brooklyn.