Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music was the thing for you?
I remember everyone at secondary school getting into Dizzie Rascal while I was listening to Arctic Monkeys and Gorillaz. It was after my Uncle Paul lent me two CD’s, The Stone Roses album and a Charlatans album which I can’t remember the name of. After hearing those albums it made me want to start playing guitar and start a band.
Introduce us to you and your influences.
My name is Moxon. I’m from Sheffield but I’m living in London. I’m a solo artist who builds up an indie guitar band sound using a loop pedal, a drum pad, tons of guitar pedals and a Fender Strat. I’ve been in bands since sixteen but during lockdown I built a studio in my room and began recording and rehearsing ready for when things opened up. Now I’m gigging non stop and I’ve got my new single Exit Door coming out this Friday (19th of August).
I’ve got loads of influences from all different styles of music but I’m heavily influenced by guitar music. My top influences at the moment are Tash Sultana, Sam Fender, Easy Life, Mac Demarco and Jimi Hendrix but I’ve always loved Oasis, Pulp, New Order, Jeff Buckley, Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Ocean Alley and FKJ.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Why did you move down to London haha.
We set up RGM USA to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Yes, I think so. There are a lot of top unsigned acts that go under the radar like my friends McGovern and Graver who are based in London. Keep it up RGM.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not going to lie, if you look at something for long enough you’re going to see what you want to see. But there’s got to be aliens somewhere.
Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?
A lot of lagers. Whether I needed that or not is highly debatable.
What useless party trick do you have?
I can take my thumb off my hand. That sounds really odd but it’s an easy one to do and blows my little cousins’ minds when I do it.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
There are plenty of gigs that come to mind. My first show in Sheffield at Dina that I sold out comes to mind but it’s got to be when I headlined Off The Cuff in South London. My mates played the support slots and it was sold out. Then I had the biggest houseparty after, I didn’t know half of the people there but nothing got broken so all in all it was a top night.
What was the worst experience on stage?
I’m very lucky because I can’t think of one. Maybe something might happen in the future but so far so good….. touch wood.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.
I went to drama school in South London, that’s the reason why I’m based down here. I still do acting work from time to time but music takes up most of my time now.
If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?
He wouldn’t understand me, I’d just have to sit him down and press play.
If he did speak English though I’d describe it as hard riffs with honest lyrics.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
That I’m a live act that sounds like a full band when there’s only one of me. I record everything myself and I write poetic lyrics to reflect the world we’re living in at this moment in time.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?
That a pint is £7 down here. Get me back to Leadmill drink prices.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
It’s either my new single Exit Door or my first single No Chances. I love playing Exit Door because everyone always has a dance to it and it’s got a huge guitar solo in the middle which is always fun to play. On the other hand I love playing No Chances because everyone sings along and there’s nothing better than hearing people sing your lyrics back to you.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it?
So my new single Exit Door is out this Friday (19th of August) and I’m buzzing to get it out to everyone. It’s got a ska feel but a large sound. It’s a fan favorite and the lyrics are about feeling isolated while around people. Have a listen and let me know what you think.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
I wrote ages ago on my phone while I was alone in a pub. The lyrics comment on the way we treat each other which can make us all feel isolated from one another. The songs have actually been in my set for a while but it’s always stood out because the crowd reacts really well to it. So I recorded it in my own studio over a couple of days, mixed it and sent it off to the publishers.
What was the recording process like?
It’s becoming like clockwork now because I’ve got my process of how to record now. Out of all my singles this was the smoothest to record.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
That the best songs are written in 20 minutes. When you’re having to graft at the lyrics then leave them to one side and come back to them when it feels natural. When it’s forced it’ll come along forced on the record.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
Not at all. Every musician has things they would change but I wouldn’t change it because it doesn’t affect the song overall and it’s a learning curve for the next single.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Gig, gig and gig! I love gigging and I want to keep playing so everyone has a chance to catch me live. That and get my music out to everyone who wants to listen.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Maybe how much I love the North. I really love where I’m from, that much in fact that I’m up most weekends gigging. Northern crowds do go hard.