Who are you and where are you from?
Keeley Moss, singer/guitarist in SESSION MOTTS, blogger/investigator at The Keeley Chronicles. As for where I’m from, it’s not where you’re from its where you’re at.
Who are your favourite artists from home?
Favourite Irish band of all-time: Microdisney
Favourite Irish solo artist: Mumblin Deaf Ro
Favourite current Irish band: exmagician
What’s it really like touring?
Making music is a magical thing, and whenever possible, venturing towards the centre of sound is a joyous journey. So whatever it takes to get to do that is worthwhile. If that means driving, walking, flying however many miles for however long, so be it. Anything that brings me even one inch closer to creating beautiful noise, be it soft or violent, and transporting my truths via the portal of song is I think a meaningful use of oxygen.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
Anywhere in Northern Ireland. Fascinating region, and given the subject matter of many of our songs, there’ll be a special and spiritual resonance when we play there.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Primal Scream, Dutch Uncles, Johnny Marr, Real Estate, Ride, The Charlatans, Nada Surf, Super Furry Animals, Suede, McAlmont & Butler, Mac DeMarco, Alvvays, exmagician, My Bloody Valentine, Brix and the Extricated, Sparks, Franz Ferdinand, Bananarama, Jagwar Ma, SESSION MOTTS.
Tell us a tour story…
This is not a very nice story but it was certainly a memorable one. I was once one of three support acts on a tour which sold-out every night apart from oddly the last show on the tour which very few people attended. The tour’s headline act (who incidentally have gone on to become a very big name) refused to leave their dressing room to perform because they were displeased with the turnout. The three other acts on the tour all went out and played their sets. It was right in the middle of winter, the coldest night of the year in fact. And the headline act had a trip to Spain to look forward to the very next day (and had made a small fortune during the tour from ticket sales and merch). But rather than finish the tour and honour their commitment to go out and play to the people who had left their homes on a freezing night to come all the way to pay in to see them, they stayed in their dressing room and sent someone out to inform the crowd they would not be appearing.
What has been your biggest achievement of the year so far?
Reaching #2 in the Indie airplay charts with our first two singles and selling-out our first Dublin gig in Whelan’s all of which takes some doing for a new and completely-independent band with no PR and no label, and my work on Inga Maria Hauser’s case making the front page of the Belfast Telegraph. Oh and and getting to appear onstage with Bananarama.
What was the worst piece of advice you were given?
Being told “You need to take your head out of the clouds” by some suit-clad numpty.
What do you do to relax?
What are you reading?
I’ve just started Johnny Marr’s autobiography Set the Boy Free.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I watched a pretty nifty drama on UTV last night called Liar.
Do you have a favourite YouTube video?
What website do you visit most?
What is your favourite…
Record of the moment?
All five Dutch Uncles albums which I’m only discovering now.
Song of the moment?
Dutch Uncles – ‘Streetlight’
Lost classic song?
Far too many to mention but I have to pick at least one it would be ‘Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe’ by Lloyd Cole which he stupidly left off his album of the same name. It was bad enough that the best track from the sessions was left off the album but to then give the album the same title as the song he left off?! Dearie me. Also ‘Skin 2 Phase 2’ by The House of Love, an incredible song that in a moment of madness they left off their Babe Rainbow album. and I also have to mention ‘Dig It’, a single from around 2009 by 8 Ball. I could go on….
For me it’s the holy trinity: Harvest Records, Factory Records & Creation Records.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
I know I’m biased but honestly it’s SESSION MOTTS. We’re in the midst of an artistic voyage which could go quite literally anywhere.
SESSION MOTTS play the Workman’s Club on 12th October. The single ‘Back In The Day’ is out now.