Guitarist Keyboardist based in Southern California.
Hi everyone John F Moon here Im a Heavy Metal / Heavy Rock Keyboardist. My Grandmother was the force behind the creative process teaching me the piano at about 6 years of age. I actually hated it at times growing up and would rather listen to Heavy Metal. In my teenage years I was playing guitar and listening to everything I could and then I heard Yngwie and this guy playing keyboards " Jens ". That was the turning point I realized everything my grandmother taught me was helping. With a family of musicians violinists cellists and horn players I was always trying to live up to the cousins etc etc. One day I bought a Seiko Synth and a Kawai sound module at the music store and played the family piano and antique pump organ seeing what I could get out of it. I never had a hammond b so I would use what I had. Reverb crashes from a Kustom Pa whatever I could. I eventually developed my own sound. Its a mixture of EVH Yngwie Jordan Rudess and Jon Lord and my friend Don Airey. Don Airey is the biggest influence on me besides my Grand Mother. I'll never forget Don Airey telling me about getting the call for Deep Purple and he said he was just gonna be himself. Thats what I do best is be myself. I would like to mention Brett Tuggle as well. I loved his work with David Lee Roth Band. Ive Played in various bands in Southern California none became famous LOL. This is simply what I do.
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Interview with John F Moon
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I play the keys its that simple.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Don Airey " Ozzy Black Sabbath Deep Purple etc etc". He knows how to fit into the mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Presonus Studio One Pro 4.5 it makes things so easy.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen to what the song may or may not need and do what I thinks best for the song or composition. Then I set out to find the melody and the sounds I want to layer into the fabric.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 38 years of trying to get it better. Hour after hour of hard work.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: It depends what Im doing. Im strong in some areas and weak in others. Im a Human
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Heavy Metal/ Hard Rock or classical pieces Bach or whatever Im feeling.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Go with your first instinct
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Yngwie and the reason is Ive seen him live several times and he blows my mind the guy is an amazing performer. I think I could help us both reach new horizons.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Yngwie meets Ozzy meets Deep Purple meets Led Zep meets the Beatles
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: College Construction and Heavy Metal 38 years. I got A grades in music in college but he rest of my classes I was more interested in girls. Construction was fun and I could listen to music so here we are.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A fridge a color tv a cell phone a pair of polarized sun glasses and a helicopter
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Try to find what sounds best for what you are doing do your research. I have a friend who can take the crappiest gear and do wonders with it. He used to take pots and pans and make drum tracks for his songs when he was broke and there were drum machines. He would amaze me and sometimes he would get something totally out of the box. Good gear is important but if it sounds good to you thats whats important. Capture the Light.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking for? What do you think?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That Im trying to be famous. This is simply what I was taught to do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you put some keyboards on my track? My answer is lets hear it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting that feeling that you just found that note from heaven that bit of magic.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I' ll be honest
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both because they each have their magic
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Chris Hodges Vocalist. He works hard and is passionate about his craft.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: This Interview.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Playing and recording Keyboards for an original song with John Ferraro. John is a pro drummer who has worked with John Petrucci, Steve Vai , Steve Morse, and so many more the guy is like a watch his timing is perfect. Great experience to play along side him.