Interview: Moon Taxi Talk Festivals, Their New Album, and the Potential For Rebranding
Nashville’s hottest alt-rock outfit Moon Taxi has been sweeping our musical nation by storm with new groovy music and noteworthy performances. We had the chance to chat with the band’s bassist, Tommy Putnam, about their upcoming plans and the release of their new album Let The Record Play, which is now out via RCA!
The five of you attended college together at Belmont University and have since played hundred of shows around the world. How does that feel, and when did you know that your dreams had come true?
It feels great to travel the world spreading our music out there. We still have a lot of road ahead of us, so I’ll have to circle back to the dreams part later.
Your new record, Let The Record Play, is due to release next Friday. Did you do anything differently this time around in the writing and recording processes compared to previous records? If so, what inspired you to do things differently? We also heard you’re self-produced— can you tell us more about that?
Our process changed from Daybreaker but we returned to our Mountains Beaches Cities record where we had Spencer produce our record. We had an amazing experience working with Jacquire on the previous record, but felt Spencer had advanced in production so much over the following year we were ready to take a step in a different, but familiar direction.
If you could only use three words to describe Let The Record Play, what would they be and why?
Something for everyone.
You’re no strangers to playing festivals— how is playing a run of festivals different than headlining your own tour? Do you prefer one over the other?
They’re both incredible in their own way. The festivals can give you an exceptionally large audience sometimes, and that experience may only happen a couple times a year. The club shows can be more intimate allowing you to see the reaction of individuals in the audience, rather than the audience as a whole. We enjoy both for sure.
Speaking of festivals, you’re slated to play Bonnaroo again this year— how does that feel, and how will your set differ from your appearance in 2015?
This will be our third time on the farm, and I’m not sure I know what to expect yet.
2017 had its ups and downs— what was the biggest “up” moment in 2017 for you all as a band?
I would say the release and success of our song “Two High.” It’s been incredible to see how the world has responded so well to a song that has such a great intention.
Since the year just started, what are your goals as a band in 2018? What can we expect from Moon Taxi?
Expect a big year from Moon Taxi in 2018, we’ve got a bunch of surprises out there!
For our final question, we just have to ask. Would you ever rebrand to become Moon Uber?
Haven’t thought about it, but I think 20 years from now kids won’t know what a taxi is/was. So maybe it’s a good idea.
Let The Record Play is out now via RCA records, and you can stream/purchase the album here. Be sure to catch Moon Taxi on their upcoming tour this winter!
February 1 Boone, NC @ Schaefer Performing Arts Center
February 2 Knoxville, TN @ Mill & Mine
February 3 Knoxville, TN @ Mill & Mine
February 8 Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
February 9 Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
February 10 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellie’s
February 14 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic
February 15 Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
February 16 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Jones Assembly
February 17 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
March 2 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic @ One Big Holiday 2018
March 23 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
March 24 Covington, KY @ Madison Theater
March 25 Houston, TX @ In Bloom Fest
June 7-10 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
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