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Mojo Alice – Interview


Mojo Alice – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

MA: Mojo Alice are an original hard Rock band with a heavy blues groove from Wellington New Zealand

 

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

MA: We formed in 2016 starting writing original music and in 2018 made the national finals of the NZ Battle of the Bands (which was the last 15 bands out of 80 entrants.) In 2019 we recorded  and released our debut album Liquid Sin. In June 2020 we signed with USA management company 434. While we’re very focused we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We love sitting around together having a few drinks and a laugh.

 

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

MA: Musically the band are influenced by a wide range of artists including AC/DC, Motorhead, Gary Moore, Guns n Roses, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pantera, Halestorm, Meat Loaf, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the old bluesmen  Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf underpins it all.

Non musical influences

We are heavily influenced by people that are loyal, kind, resilient and hard working. Our parents would all come first in that list! 

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

MA: We are in this musical journey for the ride and are really open to seeing where it takes us. Ultimately to be paid well as a professional musician and playing gigs all over the world is where we would  love to be.

 

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

MA: The band writes and arranges all the songs together which is a wonderfully creative process as everybody contributes. Jem does the lyrics and the songs can be based on anything she is feeling positively or negatively about.  Usually the songs tell a story.

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

MA: Networking on social media platforms is very important. In NZ we have a very supportive online music media who promote gigs well. Ultimately playing great shows with a strong set of songs means people will tell others so word of mouth wins every time.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

MA: It’s the main way of accessing music nowadays and has allowed bands such as ourselves to reach a global audience so we fully embrace it!

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MA: If we wanted to be filthy rich bastards then Yesterday by the Beatles cos it’s the most covered song in history. However that’s not what rocks our boat ….  Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd has to be up there cos it  has great musicianship, strong melody, groove, a big chorus and brilliant lyrics.

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

MA: Disloyalty, dishonesty and bullshit artists promising something they can’t deliver. If you’re not into it 100% and willing to work your ass off to achieve your goals, walk away now!

 

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

MA: Releasing Liquid Sin in 2019 cos that’s all us from start to finish. We recorded old school, all of us live in our studio without any auto tune fakery or processors, mixed it ourselves so it had the Mojo Alice stomp then got it professionally mastered. It sonically kicks your arse and is a very honest representation as we sound the same live as we do on record.  Getting signed to 434 Management comes a close second!

 

PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

MA: Now NZ has Covid 19 under control, we’re planning gigs  around the country,  we’ve also got a new album to finish writing and hopefully we’ll have a US tour in the middle of 2021 if  things  with the pandemic settle down.

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

MA: We have our Liquid Sin album available digitally to buy from our website www.mojoaliceband.com. There’s also songs off the album on Spotify we’d love you to put on your playlists and play it loud so your neighbours hear it too.

Mojo Alice links:
Band/Artist location – Wellington New Zealand
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