Bob Moses, the new electronic music revelation
The very talented New-York duo will perform at the Badadoum on November 28th. Few days before they answer Numero's questions.
Inspired by New York City and its underground electronic music scene, Bob Moses designs house music in hauting and enveloping waves. Between bewitching voice and rock and grunge influences, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, friends since highschool, take us in the sweaty ambiance of alternative nightclubs. Numero meets up few days before their concert at the Badaboum, on November 28th.
When you record your first albumn, did you have a specific idea of the kind of music you looked for?
Bob Moses : With our first album we wanted to perfect the sound that we had been searching for and building over our previous EPs. We wanted to include rhythms and tempos that aren’t all meant for the club, and go deeper with our lyrics and melodies. We would describe the album as melancholic, hopeful, introspective, dark, moody, brooding, euphoric and trippy. Vancouver shaped us probably in more ways than we consciously realize. The Pacific Northwest vibe, the proximity to the whole grunge movement and Seattle, the type of music that was played on the radio… There is a lot of rock and alternative rock, grunge, punk, surfer vibes going on, especially with the huge snowboarding and marijuana culture that permeates the city.
Why did you chose "Bob Moses" as a name?
We chose Bob Moses because the label we started on, Scissor and Thread, had a sort of retro NYC vibe to it, and all the artists were supposed to have names that were a strange twist on something iconic about New York. So we took our name after Robert Moses, the architect who had a huge influence on modern day New York, and we shortened his name to Bob as a joke.
Where does your passion for music come from?
We were both raised in very musical families where everyone was always singing and playing music, it was a huge part of our lives all the time, so this definitely influenced us greatly as well. We both starting playing piano when we were little. But we finally prefered play drums and guitar. Tom recording demos of songs with his punk bands when he was 13… Jimmy found it much more fun and productive being alone. Then being alone kind of lost its charm and Tom came in to save the day
What kind of experience do you want to share with your audience during a live performance?
We want to connect with the people in the audience as much as possible. We are blessed that now lots of the people that come to our shows know our music and have connected with it before hand, so we can connect on a very intimate level. Our songs for us are very personal, so to have people come out to shows and see that these songs have touched them in some way, or have affected them in some way, makes us feel very connected to our audience. Basically our goal for every performance is to enjoy the moment and give new life to the music for ourselves and for our fans, and we do that through changing the arrangements sometimes slightly, or mixing them together in new ways. It’s not a huge process to prepare for us, we just psych ourselves up, jump up and down a few times, do some push ups. We always give each other a hug or fist bump or something and wish ourselves well for the show, and just try to help each other enjoy it as much as possible!
Bob Moses at the Badaboum,
Saturday, November 28th
2, rue des Taillandiers, Paris XIe.
Propos recueillis par Thibaut Wychowanok