What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
My current incarnation is the alt-rock group “Moxie And The Nobodies” but before that it was acoustic rock band “Earnest Irony“ but initially I started out as just “Moxie”.
I developed an interest in creating electronic music during high school around 2001. At this stage, my music would have been influenced by Apollo 440, Moby and Daft Punk. I started electronically composing full-length albums garnished with samples and recordings of friends I’d recorded at school with a dictaphone.
I studied Audio Engineering after high school so I started incorporating live instruments into my songs, that’s how “Earnest Irony“ first started, all live instruments. “Moxie And The Nobodies” is kind of a blend of the two in a way.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“Future Fears” is made up of songs chosen out of the first 125 songs that were created as part of a recently finished mammoth recording experiment. I religiously wrote and recorded a brand new song in 3-5 hours from scratch, every single week, for over 3 years! It lasted 177 weeks and during that time I managed to never miss a week. I’m sure I’ll never be so consistent in anything ever again!
The last 52 sessions were live-streamed as part of my project to create The World’s First Interactively Recorded Album #TWFIRA. People interacted with us in the live-stream and then voted on which 52 songs they liked best. I had a heap of musical guests come on and collaborate with me, it was really fun. Now that album is being worked on and will come out later this year. If you want to check out some of the edited version of the live-steams you can watch them all here.
This new LP draws influence from such artists as Beck, Ween and Faith No More. With songs about the loss of identity, killer Chickens and of cause the fear of the future. The album brings a blend of friendly nihilism and absurdity wrapped up in a tasty alt-rock package.
The three featured tracks are:
Where You Going Boy? – A funk/rock song about a child running away from home into the dark wilderness“. The lyrics are loosely based on the 2016 film “Hunt For The Wilder People”.
Quite The Gentleman – An alt-rock track detailing a complicated and also violent relationship.
Tantricity (With Rod Lara) – A sensual song set in the distant past.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I’m a big fan of Mike Patton from Faith No More/Mr Bungle/All his other crazy amount of bands. I admire his vocal dexterity and his fearlessness when it comes to trying strange things and taking risks. Also Ween, who I love from their lack of adherence to a specific genre, as well as their use of accents and humour is something I have been influenced by.
Non-music-wise I’m a big fan of horror movies and games. The early Silent Hill games have an amazing atmosphere and style. The composer of the series, Akira Yamaoka’s oppressive industrial style that is then contrasted with beautiful piano pieces has influenced me in some of the film scoring I’ve done. Also BBC comedy is the best comedy. Full stop.
P.s. RIP comedian Mitch Hedberg.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Well I’ve previously described our sound as “Beck, Ween, Faith No More and a weasel in a bag”. And why should you listen to a band that sounds like Beck, Ween, Faith No More trapped in a bag with a weasel? I think that is self-evident!
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Movies: Jacobs ladder, The Dark Crystal and Man On The Moon.
Albums: Ween – The Mollusk, Faith No More – Angel Dust and The Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia.
Books: William Hope Hodgson – The House on the Borderland, John Hodgman – The Areas Of My Expertise and Roald Dahl – Tales of the Unexpected.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Well I’ve never performed live, unless you count live streaming an entire recording session on the internet! I find it a lot easier to write something completely new than remember how to play that song from last week.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Well according to the votes in the project to create The World’s First Interactively Recorded Album I might write and recorded songs better when I’m sick, as a lot of the songs I created when unwell through that yeat we’re voted pretty highly. So maybe I should learn from that and try and catch something stronger next time, as I’m sure it’s proportionate. Maybe some type of pneumonia…
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Most unique huh? Well from this album probably “Black Velveteen”, as it has some interesting vocals deliveries in amongst the insanity that makes up the music. But out of all the 177 weekly songs I probably have to go with “Lonely Pepper”, as every sound in that song was created with my voice. All the drums, bass, synth, everything. I’m not saying it’s a good song but it’s certainly unique. If you want to see how that was done you can watch the edit of that week’s live-stream here.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Well I’ve got another Earnest Irony album to finish mixing and then there’s the TWFIRA album and it’s accompanying b-sides release. Then after that, I’m going to take a decent break as it looks like (including unreleased albums) it’s been 23 albums over the last 20 years. So I think it’s time for a sabbatical!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Was it you on the grassy knoll the day Kennedy was assassinated?
Yes, it was me but I’ll never admit to it! Certainly not randomly online anyway!
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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