INTERVIEW: Liam Moore

Pic by Jordan Liebowitz

Hi Liam, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
VENTS, I’m fortunate enough to keep secure and healthy during the global pandemic.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Cosmic Noon”?

“Cosmic Noon” is the product of a tune that I’ve kicked around for a few years. At one point I arranged it for saxophone, violin and piano. I like the version of it that exists these days; it’s a very big concept (interstellar, time-traveling, transdimensional romance) packaged in a 2:45 song.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This one just came through the ether.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
The video is actually made up of two public domain films: Heavenly Bodies, an educational film made in the 1920’s and Journey Into Light, an odd exploration of an observatory and the astronomers working there. I had a lot of fun finding ways to combine them to fit the song.

The single comes off your new album Visions Of A Perfect Life – what’s the story behind the title?
The album title comes from a line in the song “Apologia”. I like it because all we’ll ever have is visions; there’s no such thing as a perfect anything. No perfect life, no perfect album, we just keep working to hopefully make things better.

How was the recording and writing process?
Lots of work, lots of fun. The album features 16 musicians (plus me) in various configurations. For some of the songs, like “Finis” or “Lift”, I wrote meticulously notated parts for strings, winds and brass. Other songs, like “Cosmic Noon” or “Imbalances”, had more of a straight-ahead play-it-by-ear thing going on. Honestly, the hardest part was scheduling all those musicians. Like playing three-dimensional Tetris.

What role does Minneapolis play in your music?
There is a vibrant music community, across genres, in the Twin Cities. I play bass in bands that played around town before COVID-19. Minneapolis has also been kind to me in terms of “classical” music, that is, giving me opportunities to grow as a composer and hear other people play my music. But being a bit of an introvert who loathes to “put himself out there”, I haven’t performed a lot of the music on Visions of a Perfect Life around Minneapolis. I’m turning over a new leaf though, VENTS, I promise. I’ll put myself out there… tomorrow.

How did you go on balancing and blending your classical background with your more modern sensibilities?
Not too hard, really. There came a point where I realized it was foolish to keep them apart. I kept writing classical music I was afraid was too poppy and pop music I was afraid was too composed. So, eh, just give in, brother. It’s all music anyway.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Once you get past “Cosmic Noon”, the rest of the album is very grounded in reality. “Horseshoe” is about a lake. “Finis” is a setting of a meditation on mortality by ee cummings. I would say the most prominent themes are love and trying to overcome my own insecurities. Really it’s chasing those visions I was talking about. The path is always there to work at becoming a better person for yourself and others. But, you know, it meanders.

What else is happening next in Liam Moore’s world?

Always writing. We’ll see what the world offers us in the coming months.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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