SRF Innovation Award // Live Showcase // Introducing: Moses Boyd
November 25, 2015
On the 26th November, we’ll be putting on a London showcase featuring the artists supported by the Steve Reid Innovation Award. Set up to aid the development of unsigned artists who are pushing musical boundaries, the award provides financial assistance as well as vital mentoring. Taking place at The Forge, it’ll be an opportunity to see the artists perform at an exciting point in their development. You can buy tickets for the show for £5.
To give you an insight into the artists before the show, we’ve asked each of them a few questions about their inspirations and ideas informing their music. We spoke to Moses Boyd about his favourite records, the influence of jazz and bringing everything together.
Could you pick three records that have been a big influence on you?
Miles Davis – Nefertiti.
Dizzie Rascal – Boy In Da Corner
Count Ossie – The Mystic revelation Of Rasatfari
How do you see your background in jazz mingling with the other influences in your music? Have you had a very classicist training in drumming and jazz?
It’s a big influence on all the music I do. I wouldn’t say I had a classicist training, I tried when coming up to learn jazz the same way my heroes did by assimilating the language from musicians and records, going to jam sessions and getting real time critique was how I learned. I play a lot of styles but for me I feel I’m always improvising in some way even if its my solo electronic set I still see it an extension of the jazz improvisation I have been honing over the years.
Do you think primarily being a drummer makes you think about songwriting differently?
Often time yes. Though I understand the mechanics of western harmony I tend to write from a rhythmic standpoint more so. Though the listener may not know, a lot of my compositions start out as sort of rhythmic tapestries which I later dress up with harmony.
Have there been any pieces of advice you’ve had from your mentor through the Innovation Award that you’ve found particularly useful?
Lots yes. I had a lot of ideas and concepts and also I’m used to jumping from project or band frequently so often times I feel it natural to separate things. It sounds simple but Kieran (Four Tet) simply said “just bring everything together” then the light bulbs went off and things started to come together really quickly both artistically and musically.
Are there any instruments or bits of gear, aside from the drum kit, that are important to you when you’re making music?
A piano/keyboard, and some kind of hardware sampler most often and SP404sx.
Buy tickets for the show on Thursday 26th November.
Photo credit: Dan Medhurst