Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
That's a tough one. We are all pretty lucky to have been put in a position to learn our instruments and start creating music at an early age.
It's hard to pin point an exact time, moment or person but we all wrote music naturally in some capacity and once brought together with people we care about who had similar interests, the song writing and passion really took off, specifically Andrew and Logan and then eventually meeting the rest of MovingCity down the line, experiencing an even more heightened music experience.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I think for us (Logan and Andrew), it has to be our first ever show back when we lived in Toronto. We wanted to test ourselves and try some of the music we were writing. We ended up putting our names down to play an open mic night at "Supermarket", one of Toronto's Kensington Market bars known for running some of the coolest open mics in the city.
We ended up on stage, both nervous like crazy, and our songs relatively unrehearsed compared to how we practice nowadays. We really got into it, and by the end of our second song, a few of the guys running the show had come on stage and started throwing down accompanying instruments to our music. The crowd reaction was crazy, and completely unexpected. It was honestly the best introduction to playing live we could have asked for. I know it may not seem too crazy of a story, some of the experiences we've had this past year playing shows have been much bigger and more exciting but the Supermarket show is something that has really stuck with us as we continue to grow.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The highest point so far for us has been meeting such great people to collaborate and play music with. We genuinely enjoy each others company and support each other in so many ways that go beyond music. We really consider each other family.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
The songwriting process for us comes from all different directions. One of us will write lyrics with no instruments and we create something, or the complete opposite or we have songs we've been working on individually and collaborate and create something completely different then where the song had started.. Many times we've wrote some of our favorite songs on the fly just hanging out and jamming all night. Every song we've wrote has been written with a different approach, no intention and mostly sporadic. Very rarely would we plan to write and song, it just happens when it happens.
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?
One big challenge for indie artists today is obviously living off of your music. Unless you're a professional musician and can play with literally anybody, there just isn't any financial security. Having a positive attitude and other things in life that give you satisfaction is a challenge when you're so into what you're creating but you can get lost in it and expect things to just happen, so having other things although challenging, are necessary. As a band we haven't had many negative experiences with the music industry yet or things we'd say should change but inclusivity for everyone and more events for up and coming artists can always help. More accessible funding as well, even $100 dollars can help anyone. Most indie artists invest a lot of their hard earned money into everything they're doing and anything helps.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Kurt Vile, White lies, Future Islands, Destroyer... there's so many awesome bands and artists we would love to play on the same bill with and meet. All types of people and music only helps you grow and we would relish in those moments picking everyones brain and obviously enjoying the amazing music.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We have a variety of rehearsals we do, generally once a week we do full band rehearsals whether we have a show or not. Mid week we tend to do a soft rehearsal at one of our homes, playing lighter with acoustic guitars and no drums. Andrew and Logan rehearse/write on a regular basis, carving out at least 2-3 days a week to play and or prepare for any duo as well as trio sets with Chris we might have booked. It Is very much constant and consistent.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
A song we wrote years ago (before the conception of the full band ) called "Good things", which will be on our upcoming record NightFlash was one that comes to mind. The core of the song has remained the same as well as the lyrics but the guitars, drums and other instruments have been reworked multiple times. Originally we recorded it live and then stripped it back down and basically re wrote everything and only kept the vocals and bass. It was bit of a battle to figure out but it's in a good place now.
What's coming up in the future?
We have three additional singles from Nightflash that are ready to drop on future dates following “Can I Go and See My Lady?”. To make it interesting for listeners and to promote pre-saves on these tracks, we will be randomly selecting two people who have pre-saved for each single to win a new MovingCity T-shirt (off our first run of merch). We will announce winners after each release (via Instagram @movingcitymusic) followed by the full record drop on September 2nd, so follow along as we release more info. We will also be playing Four Winds Brewery Cheers for Children Charity event. This is happening June 17th, the release day of “Can I Go and See My Lady?”. We’ll be playing around Vancouver at various venues in between the highlighted bigger shows doing duo, trio, and full band sets.
2022 will include a lot of new music releases, and some live/conceptual video content for the later part of 2022. We are planning on doing some traveling as well and hopefully (fingers crossed) we can work out a tour schedule.
Lastly, we’ve finished writing a new, full record, along with an acoustic EP. We’ve started pre-production and plan to start committing dates in the near future for studio sessions.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Fans can access our music through the following links:
Also feel free to follow along on Instagram @movingcitymusic for updates and to see what we are up to on a daily basis.
About Moving City
Andrew Facciolo and Logan Shaw started Moving City nearly a decade ago writing songs as an acoustic duo in Toronto, both playing guitar. Since reuniting in Vancouver after a brief hiatus, they have grown to 5 members, adding another guitar player (Chris Johnson), Bass (Jan Toren), and Drums (Madison Norton).
Since the addition of the full band, the Moving City sound has changed from just two acoustic guitars to a very dynamic and diverse performing group, playing songs that were written originally on acoustic guitars and transposed into a contemporary pop-rock/alt-rock sound. With this transition, we’ve still kept the wholesome roots of the raw acoustic vibe of our original writing. The simplicity and space of our songs make it possible for us to not only perform as a full band but also as a duo and trio.