Patrick Moore - Drum N Bass Society
By Chris Burnett,
the release of his fourth CD as a leader, DRUM N BASS SOCIETY
- Vol. 1 (Blue Canoe Records - 2004), Joseph
Patrick Moore captures a variety of moods, sound textures,
and grooves - yes, he always grooves. His musical inspiration comes
from a diverse range of musical styles and is motivated by the influences
of various legendary artists of many different musical genres. Yet,
his music still retains the right creative balance between familiarity
and uniquely original in context.
N Bass Society - Vol. 1 includes 7 Joseph Patrick Moore original
compositions, including a dedication to jazz piano titan, Herbie
Hancock. Released March 2, 2004, this latest CD also presents Moore's
arranging and orchestration skills with new takes on some familiar
songs by Phish, Tony Williams, Men At Work, The Specials, and The
Fixx. There is a lot of really enjoyable music on this 15-track
release. And despite the variety of material presented here, the
flow of the record progresses coherently from track to track and
provides a really nice listening experience.
Patrick Moore also brings together a potpourri of diverse talent.
N Bass Society - Vol. 1 features a host of other musicians.
Included on the project with Moore are: Jeff Sipe, Dr. Dan Matrazzo,
Count M'butu, Adam Nitti, El Buho, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Mark
Van Allen, Vance Thompson, Buzz Amato, Temple Passmore, Johnny Mosier,
Larry Blewitt, Dave Freeman, Ben Taylor, Tim Ussery, Emrah Kotan,
Howard Parks, Kenneth Lovell, Ziya Devletsha, Brent Cundall, Jay
Ackerman, Vic Stafford, Matthew Messer, Ryan Taylor, Ira Hochberg,
Kirsten Shippert and Heather Purdin. All of these artists make significant
and seamless contributions to a very professionally produced collection
musicians today are competently assuming roles of both, recording
artist and businessperson. The advances in recording, reasonable
duplication rates, and qualified music distribution opportunities
mean that more independent artists have access to the market place.
Patrick Moore is among this new breed of 21st Century Artists. He
is also one of those who have successfully integrated the technological
aspects that are inherent with today's modern society with the intimacy
and personal touch that is still required to connect with human
listeners of music. A lot of passion and thought has gone into each
has been involved in music since early childhood. He first started
playing the alto saxophone in school bands, later added the drums,
and eventually found his musical voice when he began playing the
bass during his sophomore year of high school. After receiving a
scholarship upon graduating high school to attend the University
of Tennessee at Knoxville, he decided to transfer and move to Memphis
in order to both; continue his studies at the University of Memphis,
and also broaden his experiences as a live performer on the historic
Beale Street music scene.
in Memphis, Joseph Patrick Moore worked and toured with such established
artists as: the former Art Blakey jazz pianist, James Williams;
legendary jazz guitarist, Herb Ellis; noted entertainer and pop
vocalist, Marie Osmond; world famous comedian and actor, Jerry Lewis;
and many others.
based in Atlanta, Joseph Patrick Moore has now gained some valuable
experience, which is also reflected in his music. This music is
best described as "World Jazz", in that it borrows from many musical
propensities, of many musical cultures, while still remaining grounded
in American Jazz traditions of improvisation and interaction among
the performing musicians.
also formed Blue Canoe Records in 1993, as an independent label
that focuses on jazz music, but is not entirely exclusive to only
jazz music. In addition to Moore's Drum N Bass Society - Vol. 1,
Atlanta-based Blue Canoe Records has started to expand its roster
with other releases. Located in Atlanta, the Blue Canoe Records
mission is to bridge the gap between creativity and commerce.
Patrick Moore continues his professional activities as bassist,
composer, arranger, and music producer. He is active as a music
educator through www.MusicDojo.com and in addition to his own 4
releases; Joseph Patrick Moore has appeared on 40 other CDs as well.
Our interview dialogue follows...
I'd like to begin this interview by concentrating on your latest
release on Blue Canoe Records, Drum N Bass Society - Vol. 1. You
have 15 tracks on this CD and all of the work is really excellent.
What was your conceptual vision in developing this project from
ideas to production?
Patrick Moore] My last CD, "Alone Together" (June 2002) was
an all solo bass recording and I was the only one on the CD (hence
the title, Alone Together). On "Drum and Bass Society", I wanted
to take the exact opposite approach. Out of the 15 tunes, I believe
I only have two bass solos. Furthermore, there are 25 + musicians
on this CD.
was a bigger production and I really wanted to feature these artists
and just have fun and be the "bass player" in the band. I wanted
the music to focus heavily on drums and percussion, mixed with interplay
among the musicians. I also wanted to take a few familiar sounding
pop tunes like "Down Under" (Men At Work) or "One Thing Leads to
Another" (The Fixx) and twist them.
talk about your creative process. How do you approach writing an
original song - do you compose from the bass or use a piano?
Patrick Moore] Both. On "Never Never Land" (1996), I composed
90% of the songs on piano. On "Alone Together", it was 100% bass.
On the "Drum and Bass Society" it was a little of both. There is
a certain element and harmonic value that you get out of a piano
that is hard to capture on any other instrument. The piano provides
you with the melody, the bass and the harmony all at your fingertips.
your original compositions based upon specific messages that you
want to convey through the music, or do they come from specific
subjects from your life experiences?
Patrick Moore] Because my music is mostly instrumental and no
"words" define the song or give it meaning in a literary sense,
I have to rely on imagery. Sometimes I will see a movie in my head
and I try to re-create the mood that I am seeing. Other times, I
will work off the title of the tune and try to convey that subject
or message with the use of key, tempo, instrumentation etcS¹ etc...
While it's fun to fantasize, more often then not, the tunes come
from a life experience and I try to re-create that feeling.
use a wide variety of musicians on DRUM N BASS SOCIETY - Vol. 1.
Was this due to logistical and scheduling considerations or did
you specifically choose these individual artists because of what
they brought to that particular song?
Patrick Moore] I picked certain artists for certain tunes. Scheduling
concerns didn't really factor into this CD performance very much.
However, for a few who couldn't make the sessions, we recorded in
various locations in and around the South (Atlanta, Nashville, Arkansas).
studio recording and production values on DRUM N BASS SOCIETY -
Vol. 1 are impeccable. How did you find the balance that we hear
on the record between the various digital instruments, acoustic
instruments and vocals?
Patrick Moore] Thank you for pointing that out, we worked hard
on that. I really like synthesizers, sound effects etc. But nothing
in my opinion replaces the musician. I really strived to have the
musician's capture the performance and THEN layer and add digital
instruments and effects around their performance. Emily Lazar, who
mastered the CD, added a lot as well.
are you doing to promote DRUM N BASS SOCIETY - Vol. 1?
Patrick Moore] Since "Drum and Bass Society" was released on
my label (Blue Canoe Records), I am actively involved in the business
decisions that are made. I work with our team to find a cost effective
way to get the CD out and market it effectively. We sent the CD
to 1300+ radio/magazines/websites around the globe. We have run
a few advertisements, and at the moment we are currently working
on booking some shows and festivals. That info will be posted on
you plan any special tours or specific live performances to support
DRUM N BASS SOCIETY - Vol. 1?
Patrick Moore] If the budget is right we can make that happen.
Currently the touring will be billed as JPM and Friends. The "Drum
and Bass Society" would be an expensive touring group due to the
size. Initially, I wanted the DnB Society to be just a studio project
that I would re-visit in the coming years, occasionally featuring
many OTHER artists (Hence the title-Volume 1). Again who knows,
if the budget is right, and the stars align, it will happen.
next area of questioning concerns your label, Blue
Canoe Records. Why did you start your own label?
Patrick Moore] It was started out of necessity! I did what every
other musician/artist tries to do at some point and that was look
and shop for a deal. Man what a rat race that experience was! Like
others, I became disillusioned at that whole process. Furthermore,
I have always admired folks like Ani Difranco, Prince, Marcus Miller,
Chick Corea, Tony Levin, and Herbie Hancock - all who have started
their own labels. I also received a very honest, uplifting email
from Peter Erskine (Drummer/Weather Report) who started his own
label as well. His words of wisdom made a lot of sense to me; and
that really got my going on the idea.
these artists have more name recognition than I do, it's still about
the MUSIC! The music business of today is shifting into the hands
of the artists that make the music. Lawyers and marketing firms
and business people who don't play instruments run the major labels.
It comes to a basic point, "Do I want anyone controlling my life"
"Do I want and need these people to prevent me or accept me for
making and sharing music that God has given me in my life" The answer
is an obvious NO. Gil Scott Heron said, "the revolution will not
be televised", he was right and I believe the revolution has been
of the Internet and it is global reach, the power is swinging back
into the hands of the creative artists where it belongs! Don't get
my wrong, the Major labels will always exist and may be needed,
but their role is changing drastically.
solutions have you found with regard to distribution, promotion
and marketing of your label titles?
Patrick Moore] Other than touring, all of these elements you
mentioned are apart of it and we are always evaluating our opportunities.
With regards to distribution, you need to get your CD out in front
of as many people as possible. There will always be an element of
the traditional "Bricks and Mortar" stores, but again those traditional
thoughts are changing thanks to digital downloading.
are many Internet sites such as CDBaby or Amazon.com that are bonafide
companies that have huge amounts of traffic, that are becoming today's
new Brick and Mortar avenues. Some people will always want a tangible,
physical product to hold in their hands. The younger generation
coming up isn't as concerned about that. With regards to promotion
and marketing, again it is a necessity. You can have the best distribution
in the world, but if you don't have a label/team of people who are
actively promoting your CD, you are going to get boxes of your product
would a Music Supervisor license the music from Blue Canoe Records?
Patrick Moore] Currently, we have several avenues in which we
are actively seeking these opportunities. We are committed to the
placement of pre-existing music/catalog and presenting these to
Music Supervisors for tv and film. Outside of our reach and our
sources, if a Music Supervisor heard our music and was interested
in licensing Blue Canoe Records material, we have a license form
on the BlueCanoeRecords.com website that they could submit.
is your Artist Submissions Policy at Blue Canoe Records?
Patrick Moore] Currently we are not accepting unsolicited material
through the mail, but hope to change that policy in the future.
However, we do encourage artists to send us websites and direct
us to MP3's of their bands.
for your time and consideration of this article and interview. Any
last thought for our readers?
Patrick Moore] I would say to all who are reading this, follow
your heart! Never let anyone or anything stop you from making music.
It all comes back to that! Be true to yourself and don't get led
astray or thrown off course. Stay focused, have a vision with a
plan and spread your music to all who will listen.
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