Go into detail on why you decide to choose music as a career.
I didn’t choose music, music chose me. I actually wasted a lot of time trying to find something else that I wanted to put as much energy into as I do music, but it never worked out. I would say that music was just a hobby when I knew deep down how I really felt because I was afraid. But if you want to be really good at something you need to throw yourself into it and go for it – with risks comes reward. So now, to me, music is my life career, I will continue to evolve as an artist and enjoy the ride.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans concerning your music.
With my latest releases, I’ve really pushed my country sound and have had great support from many fans. I have a close group of supporters here in Toronto who make it out to every show. Toronto is not necessarily a hub for country music but we’ve had so many great shows in this city. And with YouTube and social media, I’ve had new fans connect with me from all over the world- there is a growing market for country music in India and Africa perhaps! From some of the feedback I’ve gotten, people are looking for 2 things- 1- more solo acoustic intimate performances and; 2 more grit, swagger, and groove in the full-band recordings. With my upcoming EP release, I’m hoping to showcase the rocking, vulnerable, and chill sides of my style of country music.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
As an artist, social networking is a double-edged sword. It’s so useful to connect with your fans and to new audiences, to learn about other artists, and resources that are available. However, it’s also gigantic and difficult to navigate; it’s so easy to get swept into rabbit holes and waste hours of time. But, music is for the people and the people congregate in online social realms and therefore social networking is extremely relevant- understanding how to use it in a meaningful way is the challenge.
Brief us about the recording of this song.
We recorded this song at Chris Hall’s studio located in the Junction in Toronto. After touring it acoustically and jamming it with the full band for months we laid down bed-tracks with the entire band present. After that, we went in numerous times to create the sound we wanted- adding piano parts, harmonies, and smoothing everything over. When I first wrote this song I was singing it a lot more relaxed, almost sadly…but in the studio, we decided to go for it and give it a bubblier feel -it became more uplifting and optimistic which was definitely better.
Tell us the story behind the song.
The song is called “Checking It Out” but it wasn’t always called that…It was called “Checking Out.” And it was actually had the opposite meaning of “Check it out”- instead of seeking new challenges it was about staying afloat with the bare minimum. When I was rehearsing it with my guitar player he thought I was saying “Check It Out” and the more I thought about that, the more I liked that idea better. I didn’t even have to change too many other lyrics for the meaning to come across. It’s about being brought into a world that seems just since it’s the only world you know. But once you realize that there is more to discover maybe it is scary but why not give yourself the opportunity, as much as possible, to learn new things and explore other places. Check it out until you are checking out.
State your area of specialization in music.
I am a singer, songwriter, and performer. I love to be on stage and I love to sing anything. I’ve always been drawn to the microphone and have spent hundreds of hours performing in cover bands. My dream is to get on the largest stages and sing the songs I have written but I’m also open to other people performing my songs. Just so long as I can keep making music. I also play the acoustic guitar and dabble in almost every instrument but my strength is my ear and vocal abilities.
Tell us how long it takes to finish a song from the start.
Sometimes I finish a song in minutes, sometimes days, months, and sometimes I don’t finish a song at all.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
A lot of the time what I will do is create a first verse and chords for the chorus with some keywords, and then I will listen to it over and over again to feel it and imagine different melodies. Then a phase will develop and I can write the lyrics in…I make good use of the online thesaurus as well as a rhyming dictionary. I often will write down pages of brainstorming bubbles and ideas in order to try to find something that makes sense for the feeling I am trying to communicate.
Discuss music generally in full detail.
Music is a sense, just like smell, taste, and touch. It has its own place in the human brain and can be interpreted by all people. It causes us to move physically and emotionally, offers new ways of understanding, and provides us with a sense of connectedness. There are infinite ways to create and enjoy sound and music and there’s is so much more we can do with it in the future.
State your five favourite genres of music.
Classic Country- Reason: Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson.
Rock & Roll- Reason: Elvis, Johny Cash, The Beatles.
Rock & Electronic- Reason: David Bowie, Metronomy, Hot Chip.
Art Rock- Reason: Jeff Buckley, Antony, and The Johnsons, Cat Power).
Folk – Reason: (Lenard Cohan, Joni Mitchelle, Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground, Byrds).
…there are a lot more.
Discuss your rehearsal.
Practice, practice, procrastinate, practice.
State your favorite musical instruments.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
I always try to connect with individuals within the audience as well as try to make the audience feel more connected to each other…There is definitely eye contact, casual banter, jokes, and laughter. I want them to get into the music as I am.
Discuss your personality in full detail.
I’m pretty laid back but also very excitable under the right circumstances. I feel like a chameleon, for better or worse, my personality adapts to the environment.
Tell us about your musical background.
I grew up with music as the main pastime. We were out in the middle of nowhere so when I was looking for something to do I would often select to pluck around on the piano or put together a puzzle while listening to my headphones. My mom played the piano so I would always sing while she played. I learned the trumpet, tenor sax, and violin during school since I was lucky to attend schools with a pretty well-stocked instrument closet and inspirational music teachers. I learned how to play the guitar in university and eventually began performing live shows. I then toured with a number of cover bands as a front person. Then a belly dancing show. Then created the Lynn Moffatt Band!
List your musical work.
Again (Released Sept 2017)
Dark Room (Released Oct 2017)
Check It Out (Released Feb 2018)
Taken Away (Now only available at www.lynnmoffatt.com)
Other collaboration/groups include SidePonyNation, Ancient Rumblings, The Sunday Afternoons.
Give us the links to purchase your music and contact you.
Share your memorable experiences with us.
Once there was a person crowd surfing at my show- in a wheelchair- that was wild.
Every day on tour is an adventure; we’ll have to get into more details later!
Tell us the good and bad side of mankind you know.
Like what I was trying to communicate in my song “Dark Room,” everyone has a dark side. We all balance somewhere between our ‘bad’ and our ‘good.” and sometimes the lines really blurry.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
Lynn Moffatt- on my birth certificate. I have many nicknames but this one always been a constant. 🙂
State the title of the song and the meaning.
About “Check it Out”:
“The song is about exploring, maintaining momentum, and not settling or becoming complacent. The road ahead is rocky, there are mountains that are impossible to climb, and unexpected obstacles will inevitably get in your way. But we only have one life to do anything our heart desires. Enjoy the ups and downs, twist and curves- it’s a big world out there… so check it out.”