Interview – Lynn Moffatt

Photo Credit: Doug Sturgeon – Eclipse Photography

Ontario’s own, Lynn Moffatt has been busy releasing new music and touring since forming The Lynn Moffatt Band back in 2015. Recently, she has released two singles, “Dark Room” and “Check It Out“, so it was only fitting that we have a chat with her about these singles and so much more! Enjoy!

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I am a Toronto based singer/songwriter/performer preparing to release my first EP of groovy, bluesy, country/rock tunes.  I perform with my 6-piece band The Lynn Moffatt Band: Tyson Hisler (bass), Matthew Riggs (guitar), Stefan Loebus (drums), Chris Hall (electric pedal steel), and Michael Zahorak (Keys).  Our next show is March 24th at Revival on College St. Toronto to celebrate the release.

Last month you released a video for “Dark Room”, what would you say was the highlight of the video shoot?

Probably seeing it all come together after developing the idea and the song for so long.  It was a stressful day but actually flowed really smoothly thanks to the great team who worked on the project.  It was also really fun to have Lylith the python on set for a while.

The song has a very upbeat and infectious sound, care to share a bit about the writing process of the track?

There have been many versions of “Dark Room,” I originally wrote it with the acoustic then made my own version of it with Garage Band.  The song evolved when I started performing with guitar player Matt Riggs, and then again when Chris Hall took over to produce it.  It was all based around a strange but fairly simple and catchy 4-chord riff that I’ve jammed with so many musicians over the years.  The lyrics came to me one day when the actual light fell from the ceiling in my already dimly lit room while I was sitting there strumming on my guitar considering writing a song.

“Check It Out” is your newest single, which has a stronger country vibe than “Dark Room”. Where do you tend to gain inspiration when writing?

I generally like to gain inspiration from dissecting the world around me and introspecting my own thoughts.  I ponder things like what drives the intentions we have?; How do people understand their own reality?; What issues cause stress?; What is the meaning of life? and many more…

I call “Check It Out” my most country sounding tune.  I am from a small town in Northern Ontario, where there is sort of country and rock built into the culture.  Although I appreciate music with greater meaning, I also think there is a time for fun catchy melodies that make you want to sing along a little.  What I wanted to do with “Check It Out” was have an important message built in- essentially, don’t just let life pass you by, go grab it with all you’ve got but wanted the music to sound less intense, more relaxed like you can just cruise on through.

As far as videos go, for “Check It Out” you went more of the lyric video route, what made you make this choice?

In lyric videos, the words are almost dancing to the music.  I ended up using time-lapse footage from over 20 drives around North America that I have filmed over the past few years.  So it’s not just a lyric video, its’ a road-trip lyric video.  The song “Check It Out” is about discovery and exploration; turning the next corner and moving forward, so the driving footage just made sense- plus- there are some seriously beautiful clips.

You will be releasing your album next month, besides “Dark Room” and “Check It Out”, is there a certain song you can’t wait for your fans to hear?

Yes! I’m excited to have this music out there and available.  I’d like to show off some of my more edgy/blues tunes, like my song “Let It Be Red” as well as a ballad with some serious feeling called “Find My Own Rhythm.”

Do you have any upcoming shows to promote your album release?

The release party will be March 24th at Revival (783 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1C5).  The Facebook event will be up soon on my page, in the meantime, for tickets you can email booking@lynnmoffatt.com

$12 in advance and comes with a free copy of the EP!

For someone who has yet to see you perform live, what can be expected from your live show?

Performing with the whole band makes for a big sound.  We have a good time jamming and rocking to our tunes.  So it’s a pretty live energy performance mixed in with some more low key moments where we feature the quieter side, and let the music speak softly.

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thanks for listening and being curious about my music and my process.  I hope anyone who is listening feels welcome to come to a show and say hi, it’s great to have connections with people who are enjoying discovering new music.   I always love to hear what other upcoming artists are coming up with so please don’t hesitate to connect on social media- that’s what it’s for ultimately.  Thanks for the interview, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my tunes!

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