Interview: THE MOOR
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Hi, unfortunately, we do not make a living from music, but I cannot imagine my life without it, so it’s pretty impossible to say, maybe into video making or something like acting could be.
What do you like to do when you're not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Living and enjoying the family life, trying to be satisfied by our work, watching tons of movies, and reading books, maybe some gaming as well when there's time. Everything influences my creativity, but the main influence comes from human relations and connections, and when they turn out bad, you only need to look inside yourself.
How long has your band been around?
Since 2010 more or less, we mainly come from another band called Bleed In Vain.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are from north-east Italy, Veneto region, near Venice so. I never thought that our geographic location influences our music, but maybe some inner culture. It surely influenced some song titles as well.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
The main intuition was to have something short and simple, so I was listening to one of my favorite songs from Opeth (The Moor) and realized that there’s The Moor of Venice, the Tragedy of Othello, which is our hometown (well we are all based in the countryside), and then The Moor is intended also as Moorland, in Italian, it’s brughiera, which is a common landscape on the Prealps here in the northern regions.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
Wow, maybe the best one was also one of our latest before Covid, our Jupiter's immigrants release party in a local club, there's also a video with that footage from "Thousand Miles Away" on our YouTube Channel.
Worst one? We enjoyed every single concert so it's difficult to say, maybe if we just see the location size and the amount of public, there are a dozen of them on the list...
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
There are different clubs and metal pubs, there were more in the past for sure, maybe the Ricky's Pub or Krach club or Novak, are all a good place where you can spend a rock-metal night.
That would be awesome to play in Germany, we've been in the UK and it was great, but Germany hasnìt been hitted yet.
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
Wow, does it include time traveling? Sharing the stage with our friend in Dark Tranquillity would be totally awesome, but also Opeth, Evergrey, Devin Townsend, Mastodon... but it's becoming a festival and in that case, we would be the early morning opener, haha.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
Rehearse and rehearse, focus on who you are and what is your message.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Don't sell your first guitar (to my younger Me), and play as many gigs that you can until you are young.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Never thought about it, really, there's no one in particular that rises between others... I would take Hyperuranium from the first album, Thousand Miles Away from Jupiter's immigrants and the latest single Emissaries all in the same position.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Jupiter's immigrants, The Alarmist, Thousand Miles Away... and Lead the Difference. Before Abigail and Hyperuranium from the first era.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I am the main composer now in recent years, and the creative process is something always evolving and subjected to continuous experimentation. The Moor sound was mainly more into guitar riffs and progressive stuff in the first years, now it's maybe more into the overall sense of the song and into finding the good spot that can be an electronic sound or a great guitar riff, but the main focuses are always vocal melodies, and almost every song has a chorus that will get stuck into your mind.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Good spot. Maybe the neverending research of finding some kind of inner peace and silencing our inner demons.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Of course, we had, something they turned out in line up change or different roads. Sometimes they just fortify what is next to come.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming up?
We are currently working on new music that hopefully will see the light in 2022. Hey, thank you for this nice one.