Joe Moore Interview
From his very first audition Joe Moore delivered sensational performances on Australia's Got Talent, all of which lead him to a spot in the 2012 Grand Final and a horde of new fans all over the country. Having spent the last four years regularly busking at Pitt Street Mall in Sydney's CBD, the British born entertainer has become a familiar fixture to many in his adopted home of Sydney. Drawn to his powerful voice and mesmerising music, large crowds of shoppers, workers and tourists alike would all stop in their tracks and gather in to listen, under the impression that they had stumbled across a well-known performer giving an impromptu concert.
Testament to his incredible skill, Joe has amassed a considerable social media following, with thousands of fans expressing their love of his music on Facebook and Twitter and uploading their own clips of his performances to YouTube. But, as Joe's notoriety spreads, so does the demand for his captivating performances.
The opportunity to take his music to a new audience is one Joe Moore is grasping with both hands.
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Interview with Joe Moore
Question: What have you been up to since Australia's Got Talent?
Joe Moore: I've been performing, writing and busking. My shows involve everything I have been working on including a lot of my busking performances (obviously I'm not going to have my guitar case open, collecting coins) and a lot of raw material. During the show I may ask the band to get off stage and I perform, on my own.
Question: What originally inspired you to go onto the show?
Joe Moore: I wanted to do something new; I have been busking for five years now and I had the desire to see what was around the corner.
Question: Do you write your own songs? What's your inspiration?
Joe Moore: A lot of the time I sit down with something in mind that I want to write about although sometimes you don't know what to write about and you just need to write a song about anything! I start jamming to a song and keep going until I progress to singing something that makes sense; I often listen back to my songs to work out what it all means and then write the rest of the song based on that.
Question: What music/artists do you listen to when you are not playing your own?
Joe Moore: My favourite band is The Coronas who are from Ireland and they're not that big in Australia yet but they're massive in Ireland and they're breaking into the UK at the moment – look out for them! I listen to the Stereosonics who are a British band and the first CD I bought, with my own money was Jet (the Melbourne boys). I have a wide range of music taste, I always have!
Question: What's next? Tour/Album/Single?
Joe Moore: I'm working on an album and the first step is to get a single and maybe a second single out there and then hopefully have the album out by Christmas, which is my aim.
Question: Was there a moment you contemplated throwing in the towel?
Joe Moore: No, I love music and I generally think it would be literally impossible to walk away because it is everything to me and it always has been. I used to write songs before I even knew what songs really were – when it was raining I used to jump on my push bike and cycle up and down the road singing lyrics to myself because I felt as if I needed to; I was thinking about that yesterday…
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Joe Moore: It's hard to say but I'm going to have to say performing live because I love showing what I've done to everyone and it's so much fun being on stage. When I'm in the recording studio I do love it but as soon as I've got something together and it's finished all I can think about is performing it in front of everyone. At the same time, when I finish a gig I am thinking about writing and getting back in the studio. Then again, the answer is definitely performing live!
Question: What is the biggest challenge you have faced along the way to your musical success?
Joe Moore: The move to Australia was a big bump in the road; I moved to Australia five years ago when I was 16 and I left all my mates and my girlfriend behind which was difficult and the hardest thing I'll ever have to do. However it was also the best thing I've ever done and in hindsight it's working in my favour now because I'd always been thinking about coming out here, I wouldn't have it any other way and I have Dad to thank for that!
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Joe Moore: I'd say my favourite part was starting busking and I recommend busking to every musician because it's a great way to showcase anything you want (not necessarily music). The feeling, when you first get out there and realise you can do it, is incredible and if you don't go out there and prove to yourself you can do it, you won't be able to prove it to anyone! Busking is a big step and it's hard but I used to go out and start with the same song, every time, Wonderwall by Oasis. Wonderwall is the first song I ever learnt and I learnt to shut myself into that song and the hardest part of busking is playing that first cord and singing the first note when no one is looking at you… My dad taught me the song and each time I play it I think back to when it was just us two.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Joe Moore: That's a tough question! I've always wanted to work with Danny O'Reilly from The Coronas mainly because they're my favourite band. If I was to choose an Australian artist I'd say Guy Sebastian because I love all his work and he has such a wide range of music and talent, he'd be an awesome person to sit down with; I'd love to write a song with Guy Sebastian!
Interview by Brooke Hunter