A Q&A with Major Moment
Introducing Andrey from Major Moment, a Boston, USA hard rock / alt-metal 5-piece with Russian-born vocalists and songwriters…
How did you get the title of your latest single, and what does it mean to you?
‘The Flood’ is a super-personal song to us. It started with problems inside the band that would make any other band just cease to exist, but we came out of it stronger than ever, although with many casualties. Eventually, ‘The Flood’ became the song about much bigger problems that humanity is facing, with the phrase “Aprés nous, le deluge” that we knew from Russian, borrowed from French, and translated to English: “After us, the flood”. To us the song signifies that there is a silver lining after the darkest times, but it’s ultimately up to us to make the choice: will we come out of it broken and angry or stronger and kinder. It’s a wake-up call to every person walking this Earth: look around you and make a difference, become a better person to make this world a better place.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
The fact that it wasn’t 100% ready for the release, but we had little to no choice. We were originally hoping to release it back in January, but had to deal with some delays out of our control. When we finally got to the studio in March, and started tracking vocals, Sasha was having a terrible head cold, and it would’ve been a wise call to postpone the recording session that was scheduled months ago. Unfortunately, it was also happening days before the stay at home order was put in place in most states, so the choice was to push through it or to wait who knows how long, could’ve been months! It’s also the song that vocally covers 2 full octaves, so it’s not the easiest part to pull off to begin with, let alone when you’re sick. However, Sasha did a great job, and gave her best. Kevin Billingslea (producer / mixing engineer) also had to mix the song at home, as the studio was closed, so it also took some extra time for Kevin to get the mix sound right in an unusual to him sound environment. Then when it was finally ready, the distributor was also backed up 2-3 weeks with submissions. All in all, it was super-stressful to keep delaying the release, but we’re very happy with the positive response we got from our fans. When we filmed the music video in late August, we made a tough and almost unprecedented call to go back to the studio and re-record Sasha’s vocals from scratch. So, it will be a double-premiere, a music video we’re thrilled to share with everyone, and the song that we’re now 100% happy with.
“A positive message”
Who produced the release, and how would you say they helped shape it?
Our good friend and the producer of our two previous EPs, Kevin Billingslea of The Halo Studio produced it, Major Moment and Andrew Mead co-produced it. Out of all our songs, ‘The Flood’ needed the least amount of overhaul to get it from the demo stage to being release-ready. We’re very proud that we laid down a good foundation with our home demo production. We always have a vision of how we want our songs to sound, and what’s great is most of the time it aligns perfectly with Kevin’s vision as well. Kevin is basically an invisible band member at this point, we learned a lot of techniques and songwriting tips from working alongside him, it’s been great to see us progress with our home productions. If you compare demos from 3 years ago to our latest ones, it’s night and day, and we’re planning to keep working on our craft.
What do you want the listener to take away from hearing your music?
A couple things: believe in yourself, anything is possible; be kind to others; listen to more music that has a positive message in the lyrics, something you can sit and think about; think for yourself, don’t blindly follow the trends or what the majority says, do your research to find the answers. The more people think for themselves and will be respectful and mindful of other opinions, the better this world will be.
How does a track normally come together for the band? Can you tell us a bit about that process?
So, before we started working on ‘The Flood’, I would always work on demos by myself until they were at least 80% ready, and then we’d take them to the studio, where everyone would collaborate on them. With ‘The Flood’ Sasha and I started writing it together from day one, and it worked out just great! We love trying new things, new techniques, that’s what makes each song sound fresh and unlike others, yet it will still have that Major Moment sound!
“We’re ready to go”
How would you say that the sound of your band has changed over the last year?
It certainly evolved over time, our sound became heavier, but at the same time songs became catchier too. We think we found that balance between heavy guitars and electronic elements we were looking for, and feel our songwriting has improved as well, and we can’t wait to share our new songs with you!
What bands/artists have influenced you the most since you started your own band/project, and why?
Linkin Park has pretty much been a life-long inspiration for us, but since we started making music, we also discovered bands like Bring Me The Horizon, STARSET and PVRIS, and many others that keep inspiring us.
When the world is back to normal, where would you really like to tour, and why?
Literally anywhere fans want to see us play! For people who moved from one side of the world to the other, we don’t mind travelling long distances. We’re ready to go, as long as there’s demand. Let’s hope “the world is back to normal” soon!
If you could only pick one track for our reader to listen to, to get a taster of your music, which one would you go for, and why?
It would be ‘The Flood’. It’s the song we’re most proud of to date and think that it perfectly represents our sound and the direction we’re heading to.
Where do you see your band in five years’ time?
It’s a good question. Still making music that we love, that’s for sure. Hopefully, bigger and better than ever.
Single ‘The Flood’ by Major Moment is out now. For more info visit majormomentband.com