INTERVIEW: Celebrity Chef/Musician Roger Mooking
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Hi Roger, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
RM – Thanks, I’ve been alright.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “2 Bad 2 B Tru”?
RM – This song is expectation wrapped in a reality blanket. A fun reality blanket that smells like disappointment and candy.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
RM – Not one single event really, it’s all cumulative and each verse tells a different story. I’ve certainly been in each situation personally to varying degrees. It’s like being in a hot air balloon and the gas ran out…what’s next?…but damn the view is nice.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
RM – The filming took place over the course of 7 days, over the course of a month or so, splattered here and there. I wanted to take my daughters through the experience of starting something from scratch and watching it come to life with creativity and effort, while sprinkling life in between at the same time. This video is meant to feel disorienting, as if you just got off an amusement park ride. If you only watch it once then you will miss a lot of sneaky Easter eggs.
The single comes off your new album Eat Your Words – what’s the story behind the title?
RM – You can’t bite your tongue and Eat Your Words at the same time.
How was the recording and writing process?
RM – I’m always writing and creating something. When I decided I was going to start recording for a specific purpose then it all sort of started to coagulate before my eyes into a single vision. Most of the music and melodies were written in my sleep and I would wake up and jot down ideas then go to the studio and record what I heard in my dream. The lyrics jumped out my mouth and for the first time I didn’t care about how many bars a particular section was, or how the phrasing resolve…I let the words and the feeling dictate the performances in every instance. The entire album was recorded with me and my homie Jeff in a single room in Canada, between the two of us we wrote and played every instrument, recorded and mixed every sound and pure love walked in that room.
Aside from the cool pun on the title – how does your background as a chef influence your music and the other way around?
RM – They are my outlets first, those mediums are how I express myself and they are intertwined like Bobby and Whitney…that love never dies.
With so many great shows you’re on like “Man’s Greatest Food”– how do you find time to write and work on this songs?
RM – Time is imaginary. Just do and time dissolves.
Speaking of the show – how does it feel to go back for a new season in a time where everyone, either bad or good, seems to be getting cancelled?
RM – It’s a testament to the power of a diverse bunch of passionate people getting together and working towards making the best possible thing with what is at hand. I treat every season of everything I do as it is the last, so to keep going is always a surprise.
Have you thought on what places and dishes to take on this new season?
RM – I’m passionate about exploring more of the world and how other cultures create. Hopefully I can explore and showcase more cultural adventures.
Back to the music, for this record you went full on classic and even take on the Trinidadian musical culture – what made you to go on this direction for this record in particular?
RM – You can’t make a kaleidoscope with one color. The vision was always to create an expansive sounding body of work. A small thought can’t make a big picture.
What was it like to blend all these genres?
RM – My whole life has been blending genres, it’s all I know so that’s like asking an Elephant what it’s like to have a trunk…they will turn to you and wonder what it’s like to not have a trunk and what do you do when you wanna spray water everywhere.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
RM – Most of the music and the soundscapes come to me in my dreams, and the best lyrics just fall out your mouth faster than you can even imagine to think them. The spirit knows what the mind cannot.
Any plans to hit the road?
RM – I’m always on the road, a real nomad. If you mean to tour these albums I have, yeah I would love to dedicate time to tour these songs and share them live. Performing live is the best thing on earth.
What else is happening next in Roger Mooking’s world?
RM – Watch…
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