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Bedroom withdrawal 4000 songs. Original grand bedroom musician (the overlooked composer in the 20th century) dissect RS Moore

Was it a few years ago that the word "bedroom musician" ran around music magazines? It is a style that you dare to leave it as it is even if the daily sound is mixed in to the lo - fi sound which dare dares for rough cutting sounds. Do not mind staying at a recording studio day and night, aiming to join a band with a big band and doing nothing wrong, DIY musicians who record a little while in the bedroom while headphones and striking gears. Followers of lof - fi musicians such as Beck and Pavement, and indie bands who are generating poplars nowadays. Please, Do not Forget "Original Master Bedroom Music Creator Man".

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Self-produced 4000 songs / 400 albums in half a century. Founder DIY founder of music

40 years ago, at home-made handmade recording studio, there are "original grandfather and musician" who recorded about 400 albums and 4000 songs. It is R · Stevie Moore (66) , RSM for short, which has been raising the boiling indies scene quietly in the bedroom from the 1960s . RS Moore or RS (I guess).

His musical instruments are "all". I do guitar, drums, bass and vocals alone, and I do home recording. Even though I do not organize a band, I do not do live, but since the 1960's I just composed music at home and brought it to the recorder. Take 509 songs in the Rolling Stones, which is active for half a century, and 100 albums by avant-garde locker Frank Zappa, for example, you will find "one 400 songs & 4000 songs of madness" boasted by one-man musicians.

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RS Moore, like pioneers of DIY music, Godfather of Home Recording, Loofay Legend, Carto & Outsider, and the most overlooked composer in the 20th century (tears) , has a title like rain To pour down. Young indie musicians such as Jason Faulkner, Ariel · Pink, MGMT, Mac · Demarko, The Vaksinz and others also worship him as "Honmono". At the end of this year, she covered RS Moore with Skype that documentary film (a DIY movie created by fundraising with a kick starter) pursuing her own bedroom music life is also scheduled to be released. In the mosaic & intense blur in somehow (the background is clearly reflected), somehow, in the homeland of RS Moore, from the bedroom of country music sanctuary / Nashville Tennessee Oddly bass sounds and upper body nude ( Mystery), he told me about the future of bedroom music that will become a useless even for future indie musicians.

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HEAPS (H: below): There are various posters on the bedroom. PIL in the Beatles (post punk band formed by John Lydon after leaving the Sex Pistols) ....

R · Stevie Moore (RSM): Porcasters! ! ! Feeling is still teen. I can never be an adult. Rockin roll. Beatles, Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Elvis (· Presley), PIL, Kanye (? !?).

H: (that you like PIL) Punk rocker?

RSM: I already have everything. It can be anything ("I was everything")

H: The next question, I already answered (laugh). For the RS, we honor the names such as "Underground Rocker", "Godfather of Home Recording", "Pioneer of Lo-Fi / DIY Music", but thinking how you perceive it by yourself.

RSM: Yeah, all of the above. 1968 ... That is, I am recording at home since I was 16 years old. I have followed a long way. To start with home recording, I was honestly sorry. I was just doing it. In the present era, everyone wants an explanation, "Why did you do that?" "How did you make such a thing possible?" But I am just a "home artist". I am always at home. I do not go out to play outside. I am 66 years old who likes to stay at home.

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H: I also answered the next question. As a musician, I practice Seco Seco in my bedroom when I bought a musical instrument, but it is a course that often goes out of the house with a band with friends. But RS chose the way of a sleeping musician in the bedroom. I tried to ask why ....

RSM: Because I wanted to make music by myself. When I was young I also did a cover band but it was terrible and I always wanted to create a new original song. There are many DIY musicians in the present era, but at that time (60 's) it was different. You will borrow a recording studio to create a demo tape and send it to the record company. Nobody seriously accepted it as a musician until I contracted with a label and made a studio album and made a tour.

Besides, my dad was a bassist, a studio musician of Elvis and Roy Orbison (the theme song of the movie "Pretty Woman"). I was a rebellious kid in the 1960s, I fought against Professor's life life of Dad.

H: I started recording at home when I was 16 years old.

RSM: Yes. In the bedroom and basement. Using a two-track recorder (reel to reel) for home, record two tracks for each instrument part later and mix later. Because I did not have the money to buy a multitrack recorder (recording recorder of two or more track recording trucks). The quality of the recording is bad, distortion is also applied, so-called lo-fi (Lo-Fi) sound was born.

H: Then recording every day?

RSM: Recording everyday everyday until the 1990s. Sadly, I do not record as much as I did before.

H: Oh, are not you making new music anymore?

RSM: It's tough to eat as a musician. There are 4000 songs archives already accumulated, so there is no obsession to write new songs. I am selling past songs and earn now. Records, CDs, band camps etc in the cassette as well.

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H: Well, there are 4000 songs ... well.

RSM: Well in some 4000 songs, there are tracks that I'm talking about rather than songs.

H: ... It looks like a diary. Doing it improvised?

RSM: I love Improvisation. Press the "record" button and "Yes, start." It is true that it is true opposite to arranging slowly composing over time.

I was notorious for not making time "not putting in music". Everyone in the musician spends hours playing drum sound for months and spends thousands of hours in the studio. I will record the song and if it's okay I will start on the next song. The shortest recording time is 30 seconds.

H: Hurry up. Where is the idea source?

RSM: Hmm, everything goes well. I am a normal guy. Hippie drinking with marijuana smoker. Love also came out there so much. Because I was an indian school, I have not exercised and I am not very healthy now. He is a man who has been at home for a lifetime and has recorded songs using cheap recording equipment.

H: Have 400 album jackets handmade too?

RSM: Since I am a graphic artist, I also made my own album artwork. Sometimes I co-work with collaborators, and sometimes I use people's work with permission.

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H: It's a monochrome print, or it seems like you copied it yourself, it is the prototype of the current DIY scene. The album "Phonography" released in 1976 is said to be a famous legend of musicians. It was heard being heard even at the punk scene in New York, which was at the height of the time at that time.

RSM: I was born and raised in Nashville, but my uncle who lived in New Jersey (the neighboring state of New York) was said to "come out of Nashville," and in 33 years from 1978 to 2010, New Jersey's bedroom I was making music. Speaking of 1978, the punk rock movement is at its best. Also an artistic experimental rock band like Talking Heads, New Wave Band too.

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H: RS's music was also acclaimed by Talking Heads' David Burn and B 52. Were you interacting with them?

RSM: Because I was withdrawing from the house, I did not really enter and leave the music scene.

H: (A wastea)

RSM: It's an introverted personality, it's not a type of playing too much at night. Even if there is a place to make a connection, we will think that I should go home early soon. So I did not go to the concert too much. Or, I did not go out to the city of New York too much.

H: Well then, he was doing music production at home while taking over only the DIY spirit of the punk rocking up in the city. Did the spirit of punk affect home recording as well?

RSM: That's it. I came from "Hillbilly Land (Country) John · Lydon". At that time I was doing Tsuntsun's spiky hair (laugh). In the '70s I was making David Bowie, Roxy music, a melodious Glamrock like Sparks, Power Rock, but punk began and I ceased to make a serious pop. After all, PIL changed my life. It was more experimental than punk. After that, it was also greatly affected by Mark · E · Smith of The Fall (UK rock band). He is not a musician, a singer, he is a man who is shouting as "rule is naughty". And I also became acquainted with REM (Alternative Rock Band) Michael Stipe and Peter Gordon (avant-garde composer) ....

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H: Did you stay in the house, how did you draw attention from such luxury musicians?

RSM: Internet.

H: But, in the 70's and 80's there was no net?

RSM: That era was a word of mouth. Sometimes I get introduced in magazines. It was impossible because the advertisement of the magazine was expensive.

After that, at Independent Radio Station (WFMU), I had a program that I host as a host. Because the program was free form, if you send a punk like Sex Pistols, if you let it flow, Sinatra will also flush and Hillbilly will flow. Make a mix tape in your bedroom and send it to a radio station and let it flow. So, in a sense , it's supposed to have been "bedroom radio".

H: It's a DIY radio. How did you sell your songs?

RSM: Through "cassette club". Making a cheesy paper catalog and sending a cassette recording my song by mail when I received an order. There was also an order from Japan.

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H: It seems scattered in the bedroom, cassette tape and postal envelope .... What is 'comfortable home studio' for you?

RSM: About the desk I am just turning the tape recorder. There is one microphone. There is also one amplifier. I've never made a professional recording studio with a glass control room. Because there is a rental fee at the recording studio, every minute minutes watch is taken carefully every minute. The nice thing about home recording is that it is convenient to finish cheap money after all.

H: Have you remembered in the home recording life of about half a century?

RSM: I do not have much. I only remember having headphones all the time.

H: When I was recording everyday every day, was there actually something I thought like "I want to quit doing music already"

RSM: Because it is human, there must have been ups and downs. There was a time when I was tired of recording in the late 80's, at that time I got a new toy. "Video camera". I have stopped music creation for 4 or 5 years, and made an RSM home video. It is not a 100 million buzz video, like a MTV, but a lo - fi video. A video with a smartphone now.

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H: RSM home video that I was ahead of the times. Recently it has become an era when records and cassettes are rekindled among young people and indie bands are said to be cool. What do you think about this trend?

RSM: I think that it is very good. Recently, there are many electronic music like synthesizers, electronica, ambient, drones. Even if you do not know what you are playing, if you push the button and push it, you can be praised by everyone "Well, you are a genius of music". I love it.

As for me recently, I played a band with a local friend together with a trio and gradually went up to the stage. Actually, in 2011, I was invited from acquaintance "Would you like to go on a tour?" And went around in Europe, Russia, Mexico and the whole country in the van. It was a great experience. However, unlike tour members in their twenties, they are older now, so they can not sleep well in the vans and are physically fit, so the tour has ended.

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H: So, withdrawal from my withdrawal life.

RSM: Fact, if I go to work at home. Promotion activities on facebook and instagram to order reception from fans who newly recognized my music. Send RSM website link. After that, there are also CDs, records, cassette labels approaching to re-releasing the songs. Not universal or Sony, but a small indie label. I am happy. It is difficult to earn money in this way, but even if it is said that even artists who signed up with a major label due to streaming like Sportify can not earn money recently.

H: I heard that you are too busy to get out of bedroom for the time being. Is there any goal or goal for the future?

RSM: That's not it. My dream has already fulfilled. "Do not get sucked into a big system (mainstream)". So in the future, even if asked "I HAVE NO IDEA (Wakaranai)". I simply just, are proud that you are living in underground,'s a vigorous independent stubborn music father. Without having to sign a contract record company is tempted to wad come hanging in front of the eyes, it, such was good was good.

Interview with R. Stevie Moore


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