Andrew Moorer - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I would have to say that The Beatles were the ones that did it to me. They were the ones that made me say “that’s the last straw...I gotta learn guitar.” I ending up teaching myself out to play, messing around, and then next think I knew I was coming up with my own melodies that go along with the chords I was playing. How it all it all comes...wish I could tell you. It’s why I give credit to the legends that end up in my ears, like the Beatles, to be able to even get a melody in my head.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Well I don’t have one of those stories like, “an A&R dude from Republic Records saw me play at a local bar and said that he wanted to sign me immediately.” My answer is very general. The craziest thing that happened to me in my music career is that I have been able to actually start an actual career working as a self contacted solo acoustic singer. I started when I was a freshman in college making very little money in a local restaurant. I would plug my microphone into a guitar amp for EQ and reverb effects and would plug my guitar into a tiny bass amp. I saved up for more professional equipment and was eventually founded by a local booking agent who booked tons of gigs throughout the summer. It’s mind blowing to me how I have been able to actually pay my bills doing exactly what I enjoy doing the most. It doesn’t seem real.
What has been the high point of your music path?
To be honest, I think I might be in it now. It’s all really coming more together in terms of my brand and how I want to present myself to my peers. I am learning more and more what makes me unique as an artist and people are identifying it and being drawn in. I’ve earned incredible opportunities due to the work I’ve put in, especially during the pandemic. I’ve used the past year to really buckle down and learn, learn, learn.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
More frequently than ever, it starts with coming up with a melody in my car. I feel like I’m in my own little world when I’m alone in my car and I feel so free. It’s not like I’m walking with my dog humming melodies and feeling the pressure of people looking at me like I have donkey ears growing on my face (not that I should really care). What usually happens is I come up with a melody or phrase in my head (sometimes with lyrics) and then before it leaves my head I have to open up Voice Memos in my phone and sing it. Later on, I can go back to the recording with the guitar or piano and add the chord progressions etc.
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?
The music industry in my eyes has definitely become very unauthentic on a number of levels and it looks like it’s all being recognized more and more. However, if I were to change one thing, it would be the general focus of chasing a number. It seems as if artists and music executives are not after quality as much as quantity when it comes to music. I’m hoping things are turning around where my music will not be judged as much by how many streams it has on Spotify, but how spectacular the music is itself.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Hands down, Bruno Mars. I would have a BALL performing with Bruno with the energy he and his group bring on stage.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Before every performance, I always make sure I warm up my voice. It is CRUCIAL especially when you sing for a living. Lip trills, tongue trills, “ah”‘s, “eee”‘s, whatever gets the voice going. I could really hurt myself if my voice is ice cold before going on stage.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
There’s one song I haven’t even recorded yet called “Let You Go.” I started writing the song back in 2017. I’ve gotten some feedback on it and people for the most part love the melodies and the hook. The only thing that I was struggling to get down was my lyrics. It first had to do with the storyline not making sense and not feeling relatable to the listener. Then it turned into actually having the story set in stone but not telling it efficiently in the song. I’ve gotten quite the feedback on the song in the last four years so we’ll have to see what others think when I eventually record and release it. Hopefully they’ll love it!
What's coming up in the future?
Hopefully more positivity and peace in the world!
Oh, you mean with me?
Lots of performances coming up in the Philly area and more music to be released! I plan to release my next single in June and plan to get back in the studio to whip up some more.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Andrew Moorer
Philadelphia-based singer/musician Andrew Moorer has been known to enthrall and enliven audiences with his unique arrangements, very engaging stage presence, and outstanding singing voice. Since 2016, he has managed to pay his bills as a working musician and has shared stages with artists including Cade and Mike Posner. Combining his classical routes and musical influences (including Bruno Mars, Elton John, John Mayer, and The Beatles), the young artist brings so much enlightenment everywhere he performs.