Alex Moody - on drumming, coming up through the music industry, & starting his own drum school!
“Say yes and figure it out later!” — Alex Moody
**This blog post and episode were written & recorded prior to the major outbreak of Coronavirus Covid-19 in the UK, therefore some of the events mentioned in this article and the podcast itself may be cancelled or rearranged**
Sitting down with Alex Moody (@amoodydrummer) is joy! From his stories about coming up through the music industry to his candid views on the struggles of starting a business this interview has a little bit of something for everyone!
Alex is the drummer in ska & reggae group The Dualers and alongside the band he has achieved a notable level of musical success including a top 20 UK album in 2019 with Palm Trees & 80 Degrees peaking at number 11 in the charts and their 2020 tour due to end with a landmark performance at Londons Wembley Arena in November.
As well as his musical success Alex has recently ventured beyond the stage and set up a Drum School in Lewes, England, where he aims to inspire the next generation of drummers with his unique and powerful take on teaching.
In this interview we cover a wide range of topics from how Alex got started in music, his top tips for up and coming musicians and the challenges he's facing as a new business owner!
So, without further ado please enjoy this wide ranging interview with the wonderful Alex Moody.
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Passion outlasts talent [09:30]
Comfort is the enemy and the benefits of being uncomfortable [11:44]
Growing up fast and curbing immaturity [13:40]
Finishing a school day and heading to gigs [15:30]
Preparing to not feel the pressure of large gigs [19:37]
Asking questions and not being afraid to say "I don't understand" [20:50]
Playing in the Lloyd Yates band [25:23}
Having a 'real job' whilst trying to make it as a drummer [28:12]
The importance of Facebook forums for aspiring musicians [32:09]
Tinderflint Production Agency & the importance of video showreels [32:33]
Cold calling record agencies and how to overcome the fears of doing so [36:07]
Time allocation & not wasting your time with Netflix! [39:06]
'Jam nights' and why Alex doesn't think these are the necessarily best outlet for young musicians [40:13]
Not believing everything you see or hear on social media & why it's important to show your real self [46:30]
Say yes & figure it out afterwards [49:50]
Ash Soan [52:11]
If you want to be a musician, know what you're signing up for! [54:21]
Sting, pick up the phone! [55:15]
Doing business on the toilet! [57:20]
Applying to join The Dualers [57:48]
We lost audio! Quick explanation and then back into the recording for part 2 [1:02:02]
Why start a Drum School? [1:03:15]
The longevity of the touring musicians lifestyle [1:04:55]
The importance of visualisation & daydreaming and how Alex uses it to drive himself [1:08:00]
Focus on having the right problems [1:15:14]
Rudiment of the week [1:26:25]
Shutting out the noise & negative comments [1:35:30]
Morning & daily routines / habits [1:45:38]
Living in your success every day [1:51:10]
Flow: The Psychology of Happiness by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [1:55:06]
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant (Alex recommends the audio version) [1:55:29]
We pay in cash, time, or stress so choose carefully [1:56:15]
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