Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Not really, I think I just started gravitating towards writing music because it came naturally to me. Luckily my parents put me in piano lessons when I was eight and I think that was the first building block.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Hard to pinpoint the craziest but there was one time I was playing a gig and during one of the epic songs of the setlist, confetti cannons went off and I just happened to be standing in front of one. Confetti covered my entire body and for about 5 seconds I couldn’t see anything. It doesn’t seem like a long time but when you get blasted by a confetti cannon while trying to perform, 5 seconds feels like 5 minutes.
What has been the high point of your music path?
There have been a few but I think one of the biggest ones was selling out my hometown bar. There’s nothing like playing in a place that you know, with people you know and love in the audience. It was a great night and the energy coming from the crowd was enormous. It took me a few days to come down after that one.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
My approach to songwriting has changed over the past 15 years. I used to sit down and try writing lyrics and music together. Now I don’t have a set playbook on how to do it. Most of the time things just pop out in different ways. I used to carry a book around and write poems in it. Then whenever I sat down with a guitar or piano to write some music, I would try my poems and lyrics over it. As much as I still do that, now sometimes songs happen by singing lines of conversation and putting chords underneath. More recently I have been writing a bunch of instrumental demos, putting them away for a few days to a few weeks, then writing lyrics over them.
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?
I think one of the biggest challenges that indie artists face today is leaning too much on modern tools. There are so many pieces of new technology that exist to help with writing songs, arranging, mixing, etc that it can sometimes cause a person to become lazy in their approach. The music must be good and it must be good without help. Can you pick up a guitar, sing the song and still have it retain it’s worth?
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
If I could share the stage with one other artist it would be Paul McCartney. His song catalog and performances are incredible. I have been such a big Beatles fan for so long that to be able to share the stage with a legend like Paul would be an incredible honor.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
What I usually do for rehearsals is focus on a group of songs at a time. So if I have a show coming up with three rehearsals planned, what the band and I do is use the first rehearsal to focus on the hardest songs, second rehearsal to run the other songs and the final rehearsal to go through any problem areas, work on transitions and run the set.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Years ago I wrote a poem and really liked the lines that I had written. I kept trying to put it to music but nothing worked. I would bring it to sessions, nothing would sound good so I’d shelve it again. Then one night, 8 months after I had written the poem, I was practicing for another gig and during a break I started messing around on the guitar. I didn’t have the poem out, nor was I trying to write music for it but all of a sudden it clicked. I started singing the first line from the poem and it fit the melody and music. The song was written in a matter of minutes and it’s remained the same since. The song is called “Love You to Death”.
What's coming up in the future?
This summer I will focus on doing shows both with a band and solo. After this summer I plan on putting out some new music using guitar loops that I made during 2020 and 2021.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
About Andrew Moore
Andrew Moore is a guitarist from Moncton, New Brunswick. After receiving his credentials at the Los Angeles College of Music, Andrew wrote, recorded and mixed his debut album ‘MOTH’. Within a year after its release, Andrew was pulled into the music scene in Asia and performed internationally with multi-award winning and platinum record selling artists such as Dimash Kudaibergenov (America’s Got Talent), Jolin Tsai and Kris Wu.
Andrew has since returned to Canada to focus on his own music. In April of 2022 he released his newest record, “Soul Echo” and is currently performing live with both his blues rock trio and also solo.
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