Interview with Larry Thomas Moore Jr.
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My father always played little piano, guitar, harmonica and banjo. He never was more than a recreational player to unwind at home occasionally. I always enjoyed listening to him play and knew I wanted to be as good as he was. I was hooked as soon as I picked up the guitar. I like to think I’ve become as good as I always though he was.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I love to cook when I’m not playing music. I have a lot of different jobs in my younger years and working in kitchens was one of the more enjoyable ones. My mother taught my sister and I to cook at a young age as well, and I’ve always loved it. My favorite thing to do is cook something that takes all day to do. It gives me a great excuse to no leave the house and invite people over.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
I ws born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and have called Tallassee, Alabama home for the last 8 years. I’m in a much more rural area now. I don’t know if it influences me more than just the fact that I’m more isolated and there are less distractions.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
My most memorable show was playing my first solo acoustic gig. I had played countless shows with multiple bands, but must first solo acoustic gig was different. There were more nerves involved because was just me up there. No one to back me up, the success or failure was on me alone. I’m glad it went well!
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
If I had to choose from living artists I would love to play a show with Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson. I have a lot of respect the talent Chris Stapleton posses. Willie Nelson is a legend and it would be awesome to perform on the same stage as these two. I also think it would kick ass to watch Chris Stapleton while hanging out with Willie Nelson!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Don’t ever stop playing, writing and creating. It is the one of the most difficult businesses to achieve success and it is unbelievably fickle. Don’t take criticism or praise too hard. For every person that loves your music, there is always one that will absolutely hate it.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Each song I write has a special meaning, or tie to a certain memory whether good or bad. Picking a favorite is like picking one’s favorite child. It’s really easy to do but you know you shouldn’t say it out loud!
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
Real life experience is the main source of my inspiration. Life, love, fear, hatred, confidence and all of the emotions that come with life. I typically start with a melody or chord progression and once I have a basic idea of those I think of a lyrical topic.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I’m currently focussing of recording. I’m taking it one song at a time and hope to have 10 or so done within the next 6 month to a year. Once I have a strong set together I’d like to play some shows with some hired guns. Finding dedicated musicians to put the work in isn’t always an easy thing to do.