Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
In terms of lyrics, there was no particular catalyst that I can remember, probably just some girl who broke my heart in middle school. In terms of music composition, from what I can remember I was always pretty in tune with sounds and could follow one chord to another so it seemed natural to create. I found it so stimulating I didn't really need a catalyst.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
That's hard to nail down but something that was certainly memorable for me was getting the opportunity to meet Jay Leno when he was still doing the tonight show. Chatting with him about "show biz" gave me confidence that I could achieve success in the music business.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high points in my music path have always been hearing from people who tell me my music has helped them through a dark time. There's nothing better than knowing your music is doing what it's supposed to be doing. A lot of the time when I put out a song, it's an emotional release for me so it's always so heartwarming to hear that it's helped other people release emotionally as well.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
That always seems to be a work in progress in terms of what exactly is the best way to approach songwriting. I have tried many things from trying to write lyrics and apply it to music to writing complete musical compositions and trying to fit lyrics to them. I've tried writing guitar lines first, drums first, melody lines first, etc. The thing that seems to work for me is honestly asking yourself what the song needs in that moment and trying things out. Usually what that means for me is I will create a musical composition only to the point where I feel it has structure but not so far as to totally box it in. Then I will try some lyrics/melody over what I have, keep only what I really like and then go back and try and musically work on it. So I guess the best thing that works for me is to constantly go back and forth between the two, always willing to trash whatever doesn't serve the song.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
It would be nice to see labels work with upcoming talents in helping them build their career rather than wait until an artist has built up their own following so the label can come in and act more as a distributor. It's cost effective for the label but it doesn't do much to help quality talent get seen. The easiest way to build a following doesn't usually coincide with creating the best quality work and I think that reflects a lot on what we see these days.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
This is a tough question because it's a tie for me between Paul McCartney and Bruno Mars. Paul has been such a massive influence on the music world over the past 60 years, it's not quantifiable. To share the stage with one of The Beatles would be absolutely mesmerizing. The reason it's a tie with Bruno Mars is because his live show is the best on the planet. To be able to play alongside him (and Anderson .Paak hit me up Silk Sonic!!) would be an absolute honour. I just love the way the show is built with attitude, energy and awesome choreography.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
The way I conduct my rehearsals is tight in preparation and more relaxed in practice. I plan a list of tunes from the setlist that we will go over, which I email out with mp3s to the band. Depending on whether or not we've played that song before or if we have a new member I also send out mp3s specifically with their instrument louder in the mix so they can really dig in and understand the tone of what I'm going for. I like practicing portions of the setlist first before doing an entire rundown, starting with the hardest tunes first. I find this method effective because the set list gets easier as motivation dwindles. I also find it best to prepare as much as possible before a rehearsal so that when everyone gets together no one is stressed about anything and everyone can play to their highest creative output.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The hardest song I've had to write is actually one I am working on now. It's about dealing with the pain of having everyday life remind you of someone who is no longer around and how to handle pain you can't escape. I have to choose specific times to work on it because the subject matter is very heavy for me and once I start writing it I get into a headspace that is hard to navigate real life in. Usually when something is this difficult to write I only dig in once or twice a week, it's too emotionally taxing to frequent it more often.
What's coming up in the future?
I am currently in the studio working on some new music to release this Spring. I also will be setting up a tour to support. I haven't played live with a band since the pandemic started so I'm very excited to get back on the road.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My music is accessible on all major platforms! You can also check me out on instagram.
See you there!
About Andrew Moore
Andrew Moore is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and aspiring producer. After receiving his credentials at the Los Angeles College of Music, Andrew wrote, performed, recorded, and mixed his debut album ‘MOTH’. Within a year after its release, Andrew was pulled into the music scene in Asia. He performed with multi-award-winning and platinum record-selling artists Dimash Kudaibergenov (America’s Got Talent), Jolin Tsai, and Kris Wu. Andrew has since returned to Canada to write, record, and perform.
Learn more on his website!