In the Spotlight: Tom Moore
August 20, 2010 9:49 AM
Instruments: Guitar, bass, vocals
Bands you perform with on a regular basis: On the Soap Box (my high-energy, jazz-inspired indie alternative band), the Phlauds, the Blackhands, and Pas Secret (my wife's experimental indie-rock band)
Day job: Music is my full-time job. During the day I teach guitar, bass and voice at V Music Academy in Deltona.
Current residence: Deltona
Type of music you perform: My original music is indie acoustic rock/folk. When I perform I over-dub live guitar and vocal loops to give my music a fuller sound.
Repertoire sampler: "Tables Turned," Tom Moore; "It Took Five Years But Now We're Doing Fine," Tom Moore; "Stupid Fairytales," Tom Moore; "I Need You Now," Tom and Meagan Moore; "Once Around the Block," Badly Drawn Boy; "The Dress Looks Nice On You," Sufjan Stevens; "Misread," Kings of Convenience.
Upcoming area gigs: 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. U.S. 17-92, DeBary. $10 advance.
CDs: My debut EP, "It Took Five Years But Now We're Doing Fine," was released on June 12. It is available for digital download on iTunes, and Amazon mp3. You can order the CD at tommooremusic.com and cdbaby.com. Digital download is $4.99, CD is $6.99.
Who or what inspired you to take up music?
My father was a guitarist and used to play a lot of James Taylor songs and British folk songs from the '70s. He got me my first guitar when I was 10. I grew up listening to the Beatles, Paul Simon and Gilbert O'Sullivan. These artists were a big influence on me.
What was the most unusual or memorable gig you've ever played?
Once I played at an event at a fitness smoothie cafe between speeches from a very passionate and unorthodox motivational speaker. When I came back from my break there was a gun on the coffee table in front of me. I didn't ask questions -- just finished my set and packed up quickly.
What musician/celebrity/historical person would you most like to have dinner with?
What was the last book you read?
"Berklee Modern Method for Guitar - Volume 2"
What CD/tape/music is in your car/home stereo/iPod right now?
I'm listening to the "Summer Sampler" from Dangerbird Records, an indie label from Silverlake, Calif. It was offered as a free download on Amazon mp3 and it has some great music from Minus the Bear, the Dears and Sea Wolf.
What is your favorite movie?
What was the best concert you ever attended?
I saw Paul McCartney in Fort Lauderdale when I was in high school. It was absolutely amazing! He opened with "Hello Goodbye" and after he had played a full-set with his band he performed solo, just him and his acoustic guitar for another 45 minutes before bringing the band back up.
I was impressed with his ability to stand there alone, holding the attention of thousands of people and perform so flawlessly.
"If I didn't play music, I would ... ":
cease to exist.
"I'd sell my soul for ...":
A Gibson custom 1959 ES-335 semi-hollowbody electric guitar.