Aaron Moore is an Englishman residing in Brooklyn, New York and is a founding member of the English experimental group Volcano The Bear, formed in 1995. Primarily a drummer he generally considers any instrument or object playable in one way or another. Moore’s solo performances thrive on the unpredictable and a habit for audience participation/gentle manipulation is also crucial to his live work. He is a firm believer in spontaneity. Being as loosely prepared as possible is his mother of invention. Moore has appeared on over 40 albums with various groups & toured extensively in Europe and North America.
His ongoing projects include, a duo with Norwegian musician Erik K Skodvin, a duo with Argentinian improvisor Alan Courtis, Brooklyn based ‘notjazz’ group Gospel Of Mars. He has also collaborated/performed with Thierry Muller, Boredoms, A Hawk & A Hacksaw, and the LAFMS group Airway amongst many others.
1: The Queen of England doesn’t own all of Britain’s swans, just those on royal lands.
2: AC/DC’s Back In Black is the second biggest selling album of all time.
3: The Stallion’s version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall is better than Pink Floyd’s.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Attempting to create something unique. It’s difficult. Chance is also very inspiring.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
When I was 18 a guitar player friend of mine bought a drum kit. I asked if I could have a go. 5 minutes later we started a band. Prior to that I had always loved music but it never occurred to me I could attempt to play it.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Faust – The Faust Tapes
Museo Rosenbach – Zarathustra
Robert Wyatt – Rock Bottom
Adam & The Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox
Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
I find Berlin a really peaceful city. It’s beautiful to walk around and there are some great record shops.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Troost. It’s a small bar/venue with great staff and an interesting clientele. On the same block is a great junk shop called The Thing where I’ve been buying lots of amazing cheap CD’s from lately, and over the road is my favourite record shop, Record Grouch.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
I just came back from Europe with a bunch of purchases, one of which was Bernard Parmegiani – Chants Magnétiques, another was the first Nine Day’s Wonder album.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Steven Stapleton. He’s such an amazing sound organizer. He released a couple of Volcano The Bear’s albums many years ago. We did start a collaboration with him at that time but neither party seemed happy with the outcome, so the idea was shelved.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Thst is a tough one. It’s impossible to pick one. I’m also very critical of my own performances so I don’t recall a “best” one. Lots of “OK” ones, and “pretty good” ones though. Most recently the best band I’ve seen live is Dead Rider at Ceremony in Brooklyn.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It depends what I’m working on. If I’m playing drums with Gospel Of Mars then not at all. If I’m working on recordings at home then it is somewhat important.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
I have 2 musical sisters and one brother. They are proud of me for following my creative path. I’m not sure they enjoy my music but……
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