Rock-Pop-Jazz guitarist Garrett Moshier is doing his thing. Maybe I’ve become too much of a cynic to say “living the dream” is a real possibility, but since his music career seems to have so effortlessly come about, and since he seems to be as content as can be, I’d have to agree that he’s hit the sweet spot in life. Moshier likes to toe the line between pop and jazz, the small things and the finer things, and making you dance and making you think.
Keep reading to get to know more about him, and listen along to his debut EP, Summertime.
How did you get started in music?
I got started in music at age 13 after getting REALLY into Guitar Hero. I had played just about every song on expert mode and at some point I decided to try and play a real guitar. I was too stubborn to learn chords or practice any material I got from teachers, so I just learned solos from classic rock songs. Around 8th grade, I got involved with some youth worship bands at church and really got plugged in playing guitar at a few different churches in Florida (where I grew up). That was the biggest bulk of my learning experience as a young musician.
One of your songs, “Coffee Shop” has a happy-go-lucky vibe about wanting to make it big but being satisfied wherever the road takes you.
Definitely! I wrote that song in high school before I knew relatively anything about the music industry. I was on the cusp of going to music school in Nashville, and dealing with a lot of comparison to my peers, and I wrote “Coffee Shop” while realizing that I just really really like making music. And while I’ll always continue sharing my songs with those who are willing to listen, the song has helped me find peace knowing that if I’m not someone’s cup of tea or the biggest star in the industry, that’s totally okay.
How did the fusion of pop, rock, and jazz come about for you?
I’d have to guess it was because of the periods of my life when I got REALLY into those genres. When I first began playing, I was all about rock ’n’ roll. AC/DC, Journey, Guns N’ Roses, you get the point. During high school, I was really into pop. John Mayer was my musical idol, and later on I got really into Ed Sheeran. The jazz got introduced in college. I fell in love with artists like Jacob Collier, Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck, and more. I think I’m definitely still in that jazz phase… No signs of stopping yet!
If you had to describe yourself as an artist or songwriter, what would you say?
If I have to pick, definitely an artist. It’s kind of a corny and egotistical word, but it encompasses a lot more of what I do on a day-to-day basis. When I’m not working on my own songs, I do a lot of playing for other artists, as well as producing their songs or arranging various horns and strings. To get back to the point, I’d choose “artist” because it essentially just implies “creating”, which is a lot more of what I do than specifically writing songs every day.
Since you say your goal is to get people moving and grooving, what is your favorite song to play live?
That’s a toss up… R&R, my most recent single, has been a favorite for the audiences for over a year with the whole “pizza in the fridge” line in the pre-chorus. However, for certain shows I get to bring out my buddy Tanner Azzinnaro (another great artist), and he raps over an extended version of “Didn’t Mama Tell You” from my first EP. Whenever we get to do that, it’s an absolute blast.
After releasing your first EP and some new singles, what does 2019 have in store for you?
I’m actually in the works on producing my second EP at the moment. A lot of things have shifted in my life over the past few months, and as a result, the music is going to be different, and I’m taking on a lot more roles in the recording process than I have in the past. I’m super excited, and super nervous at the same time. I’ll also be going on my first tour(s) as a solo artist, which is always been on my bucket list. Overall, very excited for this year. 2018 took some whacky and wonderful turns, and I’m sure 2019 will too.