Interview with Moves After Midnight
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My older brother was into music and he played the drums. I wanted to be like him, so I guess he was my first musical influence. I’m really not sure what I would be doing if I wasn’t a DJ? Probably own a restaurant, I love to cook and it’s just another form of creativity.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I’m very active and I think it’s important to look after yourself. When I go on long runs, I find it therapeutic and I occasionally come up with ideas for songs. I feel like I tap into a creative zone that I wouldn’t have entered if I was just sitting around.
How long have you been making music?
I started writing songs when I was 14 or 15.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
I live in Waterloo Ontario Canada and I don’t think it has a major influence on my music. I feel the music I listen too has more of an influence and the person I’ve become comes out in my music.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
Unfortunately, I don’t play live shows. I record with musicians that are located in different areas in the world, therefore, I would have to hire local musicians to play my music live. My music is dominantly electronic based – it would be a cool experience to hear my songs played by a live band.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Let’s keep it Canadian with Chromeo and Metric. That would be fantastic!
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?
I think it’s important to listen to various styles of music. You might be a hip hop producer, but you can find inspiration for a song by listening to classic rock. An idea or melody might grab a hold of you from a song that’s entirely different then the music you’re composing. You’re tapping into your creativity with a more cultured understanding.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
I would have to say “Reverse to the Shade”. I really like how that turned out. I wrote it during the pandemic while we were in lockdown. Something positive flourished out of a negative time.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
I have to be in the mood to write lyrics or music. If I’m not feeling it, I stop, I don’t force it. I can come up with a melody or idea at any given time, so if I’m not in the studio, I make sure I write down the lyric or record it on my phone.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
No, not really. I typically write about my life experiences.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
I have more songs in the works and hope to release another EP or album next year.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
You can listen to my music on all streaming platforms and you can follow me on instagram at instagram.com/movesaftermidnight.