The Moods

Tell us about yourself.

 A 10 strong Band, a dizzying amalgamation of producers and poets, styles, we swiftly honed our own sound, which, when taken live, quite simply blew audiences away. The Moods came together in the winter of 2014 born out of a musical experiment, at boomshack studio in the heart of Manchester (UK). The Moods quickly gathered members and momentum.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist.

The idea of The Moods from day one was to bring lots of different musical styles and people together to create something new; something exciting and more importantly something ultra-modern for people to dance to. The Moods’ message is loud and clear; our 10 strong-band unifies rap, brass, violin and beats, delivering potent, political lyrics, for a changing world. The Moods make you dance, and they make you think.

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Tell us about the genre of your music.

We like to encompass as many styles as possible in our song writing, recently described as “rage against the machine, Happy Mondays & Prodigy combined to make a grime souffle”, that is one of my fave quotes ever.

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Tell us about the story behind your song.

We wrote “P.O.P (profit over people)”, as a reaction to the disregard that all governments show to the weakest in our society and for the blatant lies and corruption that we see on our TV screens everyday.

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Tell us about the challenges you are facing as a musician.

As self-funded and outspoken band we face many, but The Moods don’t look at problems, we just do solutions, we struggle for money, to promote ourselves, to tour, to play, but our passion drives us, we find a way. It’s all about the music and connecting with people.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song.

We recorded “P.O.P” and the whole “Missing Peace” album at our own studio, Boomshack, in Urban Manchester, this place is an old industrial mill, it’s our spiritual home, a meeting place and a haven where our creativity and ideas develop. The record was mixed by Dan Broad, Happy Mondays keyboards player and producer, and we had the good fortune of getting it mastered at the world famous Metropolis studios in London by the legendary Stuart Hawkes.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far.

We’ve been supported by so many. Our radio pluggers, Plugin baby, our PR teams at Manilla and Pomona, have done a fantastic job in getting us out across the UK and beyond. Kane FM, Unity radio 92.8 FM, as well as 30+ other FM and student radio stations got behind our records, But Salford City Radio 94.4 FM stick in my mind as they have supported us from day one, also Sean McGinty at BBC Introducing Lancashire, we also have had some great reviews from the likes of Louder Than War, Mancunion, and the Morning Star to name but a few.

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Tell us more about your music career, experience and future goals.

All the band have been involved in music from being kids, so we love what we do, and all ten of us now strive for the same goals, to keep touring and wowing audiences where ever we go, we are currently writing our next album, so the future looks bright. After a massive year in 2017, we can’t wait for 2018 to begin. Our Album, “Missing Peace”, had great reviews from regional and national press, BBC radio Play, Massive Regional UK and student radio play, and Online and National press coverage. This hard work has earned a dedicated following of fans. In 2018, the plan for The Moods now is to build on these foundations, continue to grow our fan base, work on new songs and write and record our next album. We are developing a great team behind us, we work as a true collective, together with our Label and Management, (A1M records), PR, Media and distribution partners, we are all focused on one goal, to spread the word, to extend the reach of the Mighty Moods music, to make people dance, and think as we engage with our fans, playing bigger venues, play new cities and even new countries.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

With such a big group we have lots of different ideas and opinions, we mostly write about what we see around us with the premise to inform, entertain and educate, our surrounding of Manchester have been pivotal in shaping us and our music. Being in a band from Manchester you always feel like you are standing on the shoulders of giants, and we come from the only city in the UK that people automatically put Manchester before the word band, when people try to describe your music. When The Moods set out on our musical mission our aim was not to recreate what had gone before, like a host of our contemporaries, but to forge a new sound and new ideals for new times. With the release of our album “Missing Peace” we feel we have created a thoughtful socially conscious piece of art that will lift people to their feet dancing, and raise their spirits to believe in themselves, so hopefully we can become the giants so that future generations can stand upon our shoulders.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

“To tell you that you would have to be in the moods”

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams, a dream only ends when you give up on it. Keep on dreaming.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained

We are mix of self-taught and classically trained musicians, our biggest rewards would be watching a crowd of hundreds of people lose their minds and throw shapes they never knew they could throw at our live gig. We are always pleased to see and hear that people love and appreciate our music, we have had some great quotes from press, some of our favourites include;

NEW BAND OF THE DAY – LOUDER THAN WAR– John Robb

“This is way more than just infectious rap and electronic dance music, the moods will make you dance and make you think.”

FIVE STARS FROM SALFORD STAR MAGAZINE – 

A genuine breath of fresh air…”

RAVE REVIEW FROM UKS BIGGEST STUDENT MAGAZINE 

They have managed to establish some of the most original music to be on the Manchester music scene currently”

 

RINGMASTER ALBUM REVIEWS

“Be sure to make another space on your list of album of the year” 

MUSIC MORON 

“Refreshing to hear a band whose battlegrounds feel infinitely more relatable and authentic”

THE MUSIC SITE 

there is heart and soul here, not just music. This is a band for today; aware, thoughtful, talented, precise, energetic, and truly authentic”.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

We like our lyrics to tell a story, the words to a song should be able to paint a picture in your mind. They come from everything we experience, love, war, hate, poverty, injustice, bigotry, struggles, hopes, dreams. We live and breathe our studio, when we’re not working, so our lyrics reflect our daily lives, we come with raps, beats, bars, tune, brass, strings sounds, ideas so it’s a constant flow and refinement of ideas that brings the songs. Having the studio as a hangout, where we also relax and friends drop in, also makes for a great working atmosphere.

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Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.

We love to collaborate and are always open to new ideas, artists we would love to work with include; Eva lazarus, Ms Dynamite, Akala and Lowkey are amongst the many we admire.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for purchase of your songs.

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/themoodsmanc/

SoundCloud

https://soundcloud.com/themoodsmanc

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/2d2UKwBBhPduWu69PoXqdy

Physical CD + Vinyl

https://www.normanrecords.com/records/166985-the-moods-missing-peace

Record Label & Management

http://www.a1mrecords.com/

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Again lots of happy days being a mood, but our record signing for the release of our album at Fopp Records in Manchester will always be a highlight, and musically our saddest day would be when some reprobate burgled our studio, but we never stay sad for long.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Phil and Baz our drummers and Paul our keyboard player are our studio engineers so they could spend that easily just on new microphones, and maybe a pizza and a few beers and maybe a tour bus.

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Tell us about your song.

It’s a dance-floor filler, and has been described as being like the “specials”, Ghost Town,  for today’s generation, “Live free or die by the rules, everybody’s being taken for a fool, the government we trust hangs us out to dry, the system is corrupt can’t disguise the lies, equality is the mission that we choose” .

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.

All ten members have full time jobs, but everyone’s commitment to the band is second to none, it has to be said that we all could not keep doing this without the support of our families, they are all moods.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Frank Zappa , Bob Marley, Eminem, Nas, Ray Charles.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music.

World dominance or have a buzz trying, make everyone a Mood – #iamamood. The dream would be to be able to do this full time and earn just enough to love, but retain our independence for creating new and different music.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

The music today industry has a tried and tested formula; they make you swallow a salty slug while telling you it tastes like chocolate. None of the big labels seem to take a chance anymore they want it all in neat pretty packages, everything seems so disposable, but there is a different route to take, that path less traveled by, and that in itself leads to longevity as you evolve and keep progressing. The Moods enjoy being different, we also plan to be around for a long time.

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Tell us the reason you are into music.

Music changes lives.

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference.

Old school music was made mostly for the love of the game, today with so many manufactured bands and too many middle men more interested in selling dolls and lunch boxes than music. We love the old style approach; it can still work today- just believe, have faith and never give up.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist.

I mentioned the record signing at Fopp Records earlier. But playing 2 sold out nights at Imperial College London was right up there. And to find out Pink Floyd has played the same stage years earlier was a biggie.

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Tell us what you would do for the people if you found yourself in a position of power.

A lot more then is being done right now. We would probably round up all the money in the world and share it equally, I know that some would waste theirs on drugs, drinks and loose women, and others would invest and that would bring us back to where we started. But then we would just gather it all up and share it out again. You are on earth for a good time and it’s not a long time.  #iamamood.

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

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