Moses Mo and The Real Cool Band - 10 Questions Music Interview
There's a new band in town with a great old twist. Moses Mo, the lead guitar player from the band Mother's Finest, has a solo project called Moses Mo and The Real Cool Band. The band’s music is a combination of rock and blues with a strong influence of hip hop by rapper Zero Basement.
Along with rapper Zero Basement, the band features Mike Long on bass and Kerry Denton on drums. PoiZen EV was recently added to the lineup as percussionist and background vocalist. Moses Mo and The Real Cool Band have been gigging all across Atlanta. A European tour is in the works as well. The band has released three CDs, all of which can be found on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music. Mo is the songwriter, performer, and producer of the band's projects.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
For me, the guitar came 1st. I started playing because I thought bands, the music I heard, the lifestyle was way cool! There was a point when I realized that songs were the vehicle for the instrument, that one completed the other and could not exist without the other, then my passion grew for my instrument and songwriting was a necessary component in which I felt a need to master.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
It was crazy good when I realized my music could be considered by people and it felt like something real that came from me. I made my own decisions and it felt like I was in control of something. That was a crazy eye opening moment. Being signed by a major label and being taken seriously as an artist, that was crazy.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame as a group with Mother's Finest in 2011, having your work recognized by the Smithsonian Institute and having them include you in one of their displays, historic!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
There are so many ideas floating around in our heads, the hard part is picking one and finishing it. I'll go through hundreds of ideas and pick the ones that get me moving. A rhythm or lyric becomes my motivation. Sometimes, the lyrics are inspired by a feeling or emotion, a memory or activity, a concern or something important that needs to be heard. Sometimes, it can be a rhythm or a melody that goes over and over again in my head. Once the ideas are recorded there is more time or concentration given to arrangement and structure to completely transform the idea into a 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?
Just getting the music heard, records, CDs, radio are structured to make huge profits for corporations, there is no place, no stage for a new artist, the industry lacks a concentrated effort for getting new music heard so that the public can develop an opinion. There used to be a department for artist development, the A & R person would have a budget for getting new music heard. If I could change anything, it would be to allow more support for the new artist, not just indie, but in any genre where the musicians and artists are encouraged to create new sounds, new music and original lyrics by creating a stage for new performers, a place, a "genre" where others could go to hear the new music by new artists.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would have to say Led Zeppelin, with Bonham of course, he was the best there was, I live for the rhythm and he was by all measures the best at keeping a beat.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We play complete songs as much as possible, not just working on parts or sections of a song. We always work on the set as a show, from beginning to end, thinking of a good opener, production numbers, a killer ending. Harmonies are worked on before, during, and after a song is performed. There's a good deal of exercising and stretching that goes on before a live set. A 90 minute set is like running a marathon!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I think maybe CARTOON YOU from my 1st solo debut project. It's a song about being away from the people you love and learning how to handle it. Always difficult to express a personal feeling or thoughts on a personal manner without becoming overwhelmed.
What's coming up in the future?
More music, more ideas and emotions to discover through the music, we just released our latest project DRIVE IN this past year and are half way through the writing process for the next release in 2020. We are releasing one song a month throughout the year and will possibly create an album release of the most popular songs.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
We are always telling people to go to our website, but if you are just interested in listening to the music and following us on different platforms which stream our music, it's a good idea to check out at Hear Now , the site has all of our music that has been released thru CD Baby.
Moses Mo and The Real Cool Band's "Rockin Christmas Eve" will be airing on National Indie Radio (WNIR) commencing December 1st through December 31st as part of BWH Music Group’s Holiday Radio Special. WNIR features the best independent artists in the world and is part of the highly selective and nationally renowned BWH Music Group platform. The Holiday Radio Special will feature original holiday songs as well as covers by exceptional independent artists. Station information can be found at National Indie Radio’s website.