Our music is created through a multi-step songwriting process. Once the songs are selected, we record demo’s in a home studio. At that point, we collaborate with trusted session musicians for any necessary instrumental work. I don’t know if we would necessarily pigeonhole us into a certain “direction”, but I think “Yellow Footprints” is just the tip of the iceberg for us. This was our first professional recording and we are very pleased with the way it turned out.
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Episode #548: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://tobtr.com/10470003
Interview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio
Shawn “Cookie” Moore (Guitar, Vocals), Bob “Big Daddy” Goodlin (Guitar, Backup Vocals)
Interviewing: Shawn Moore
Song name: Yellow Footprints
I don’t know if we would necessarily pigeonhole us into a certain “direction”, but I think Yellow Footprints is just the tip of the iceberg for us. This was our first professional recording and we are very pleased with the way it turned out. We kind of just go with the flow and let the music take us wherever that may be. We enjoy creating music and playing for crowds. Yellow Footprints was something that we also wanted to use to give back. I (Shawn) am a USMC Veteran and I wanted to create a pathway for us as a band to give back. We are donating half of all proceeds generated from Yellow Footprints to a local Veterans Charity called “It’s About the Warrior” who helps Veterans and their families in need.
The song “Yellow Footprints” is a song about a young man’s journey to Parris Island SC and his 13 week training during United States Marine Corps bootcamp. When a Marine Recuit arrives for training, they exit a bus and stand on yellow footprints painted on the asphalt outside of the receiving building. These are the first steps that any Marine takes on his or her journey to becoming a United States Marine. It is a powerful moment that a Marine never forgets.
I would describe our music as fun, thought provoking, and traditional with a touch of modern. Each of our songs tells a story and tries to immerse the listener into the lyrics.
The creation process…
Our music is created through a multi-step process at this point. Our songs are finalized and we record demo’s in a home studio. At that point, we collaborate with trusted session musicians for any necessary instrumental work. When that process is complete, we’ll record the main vocals and any back up vocals to complete a rough version of the song. From there we’ll work to a rough mix and then work with trusted Mixing engineers to create the final product. Big Daddy and I both have full time jobs and are very active in our community so this process has worked well for us to this point.
We try not to overdue it. We’ll dedicate a day or two a week to play and work on new material and we try and limit our gigs to every other weekend. We don’t ever want music to feel like work. Playing and creating music should always be fun and exciting and should never feel like a job.
Advise that made a difference…
When we first started out, just getting our feet wet as a duo, we had a couple original songs that were good but when we did certain cover songs they sounded horrible. Big Daddy told me to sing any song the way I would sing it with my own sound, rather than singing it the way another artist might sing it. Once that advice sank in and through many hours of practice, it started working. Each person is unique, and that is where the magic is. We don’t ever want to try and sound like anyone else.
I live in…
Saxonburg Pennsylvania just north of Pittsburgh. The music scene here is an awesome community of some very talented artists and a ton of people who support local talent and live shows. The town of Butler has an awesome grassroots radio show and those guys do an awesome job of showcasing new local talent. Pittsburgh is also starting to get some traction as a music town. There are a lot of venues near us who support local live music and we love it.