The Black Moods Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
About the age of 2.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
My father and my uncle were in a band when I was a kid. I grew up around it. Most of the songs I heard, I heard from them playing them first then, I found the original versions by the artists that wrote them. My dads band was called “Midnight Express” they were it for me.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
Hmmmm.....I’m not sure. I’m pretty much an open book. My first concert other than my dads band, was Alabama. That’s all I listened to from the age of 0 till about 9 years old. The first time I ever heard Hendrix was when I saw Wayne’s World. And I’m pretty sure I’m a Katy Perry fan.
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Not a lot of our songs are specifically about me. It’s usually about other people or certain situations. “Bad News” might be the closest.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
We played a show in Mexico last year and it happen to fall on my birthday. There were about 5,000 or so people there and the power went out so they all decided to sing happy birthday to me. That was pretty magical.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Madison Square Garden. That for me is the gig of gigs.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would like to achieve in the future?
So far being #24 on the billboard charts is up there for me. Really just being able to play music for a living is the best achievement. We want to tour the world.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
We toured with Adelitas Way and it was the end of the tour. People tend to pull pranks at the end of the tour. They decided it would be funny to pelt us with confetti filled eggs..... I’m still cleaning confetti out of my pedal board.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Doing what I love. Feeling the energy of playing is the best drug in the world, I know because we’ve tried a few🤣. Touring with your best friends and playing music for people and making them feel something is indescribable.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I actually have no idea. I would probably just work in the studio as an engineer/producer. Or a bikini waxer.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?We opened for Whitesnake at the Hard Rock in Orlando Florida. Played to a sold out crowd and my family flew in for it. That was pretty epic.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Queens of the Stone Age
The Black Moods
Nothing But Thieves
Kings Of Leon
Because those are my favorite bands
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Don’t get in the music business.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Being with my son, Playing guitar and working in the studio makes me happy. I like back roading back home with the top of the Jeep. Stupid people annoy me. And politics.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Just playing guitar. Spending time with family. Cruising around with the top of the Jeep. Crawdadding. I like creeks a lot.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Well, without them right now, not sure there would be an industry unfortunately. For us, we are still doing it grass roots. We are one of the few independent bands that has broken the charts. Big business really rules it as you can tell. Now a days they find a young kid, put him in dance lessons, and give him songs to sing. Puppet kind of stuff. Glorified kareoke. Very few bands cut their teeth and build it like we are these days. But they are out there.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
These days it’s all over the map.... it’s always changing. It goes through “pretty boy” phases then leather tattooed guy phases. Today it takes all kinds from what we’ve seen. Look at country music. They have the “Bro Country” thing, where the guys are all wearing Affliction jeans or dressing like rockers and at the same time you’ve got the guys with huge beards that look like truckers that haven’t showered for days. It’s diverse for sure. We don’t put a whole lot of thought in it. We are more focused on the songs. We pretty much wear the same thing all the time.
Can you tell us about any tattoos have and the significance of them to you?
I have “mom” and “dad” on each arm cause I love them so much. The band and the president of our label all got “Bella Donna” tattoos to commemorate our first song on the top 40 charts.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
I’m not sure at all. It seems pretty messy right now, so I wouldn’t know where to start.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Food, Netflix, sleep, repeat.
Can you tell me one thing about each member that people might not already know?
Jordan was in a boy band. In Chico’s first band he wore a dress.
Can you tell us about any new releases gigs or anything else coming up in the future?
We are releasing a new record in the fall. It’s so close to being done. We will also be touring our brains out.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
We have the BEST fans. all I could say is keep coming out and supporting live music. And bring your friends
How would you answer the question Who are The Black Moods?
We are 3 guys that write and perform their own music. No tracks. No bullshit. Just 3 guys playing music.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
That’s hard to say, because I was always the kid that went to the music section instead of the toy section at Walmart from as far back as I can remember. My parents always had music kicking around. I do remember getting the first Zeppelin cd though. I traded some shitty rap record to an older kid for it in school.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Don’t do it. Hahaha. I would say follow your passion, whatever it is and go for it. Life is to short to work it away doing something you don’t love.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Josh Homme from Queens Of the Stone Age. He makes great records and thinks outta the box.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Thank You by Led Zeppelin. It’s just such a beautiful song.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Dirty corners. I’m a clean freak. Clutter drives me nuts.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Lots of ups and downs.
What has the rest of the year go in store for you?
We are looking at being on tour for the next few years. So that, and making records in between. So lots and lots of music.