Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I don’t know. I guess I’m a human being really. I’m a guy that likes to make music. Hopefully there is more to it then that, but maybe there isn’t and I’m fine with that.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am the bassist for Carney and the Broadway musical Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark. I’m also a singer/songwriter and just recently released my first solo record (Good As New). You can check it out if you want at www.myspace.com/aidenmoore or on itunes and you can check out Carney’s record Mr. Green Vol. 1 out now as well.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Los Angeles, CA, at the moment I live in Brooklyn, NY, and I have no idea where I’m going. I make less future plans these days because life doesn’t stick to my plans that well (which has actually been a great thing). Now I come from more of a place of going along for the ride/seeing what happens. I do hope that I get to continue playing music in Carney and as Aiden Moore for a long time though.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Different people for different things: For humor Zach Galifianakis is my hero. For professional life Carl Jung is probably my hero. For music… it’s hard to say because I have a lot of heroes… at the moment it’s probably Will Lee who I also get to call a friend (which is pretty cool).
5: What book is your bible?
The Bible is my bible. There are others too though. Most recently War on Art and analytical psychology have been readings that have had an impact on me. Actually, I excitedly digress, there’s a personality test on line called the Myers-Briggs personality test that has actually had a kind of guiding life quality to it for me recently. If you are reading this and have a minute you should absolutely go check it out. It breaks down personality types in an oddly accurate way. Pretty validating stuff. It also breaks down how different personality types relate to other which is kind of cool. It’s kind of like a science based version of astrology…I dig it. I’m an “architect” apparently. If you do wind up doing it write me on facebook and tell me what you thought. So far everyone has been freaked out by it.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love playing/writing/listening to music. I love reading. I love breakfast. I don’t really hate anything…but I’m afraid of a lot. I’m afraid of heights. I’m afraid of not reaching my potential. Oh, my biggest fear is probably the profit motive (or greed really). Sounds silly, but it’s not.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I don’t really have any way of reasoning or justifying my own existence. Reason and justification can easily be two of the most dangerous things on the planet (especially justification). I’m just grateful that I am and I hope that I live a life worthy of whatever reason I’m here (assuming there is one).
8: What is your favorite color?
That’s a good follow up question to the last one. Green is probably my favorite color.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Silver Surfer hands down. I always wanted to have a hover board like that! Plus, I tend to vote for the underdogs and he always seemed like he was way cooler than he got credit for.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Roebling Tea Room. It’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and it’s my favorite place to go for breakfast (which makes it the automatic hot spot winner). The vibe there is just cool and the food is delicious. I’m there almost everyday at breakfast time (which, for me, is more like noon to be honest),ut who’s counting anyways.
11: What turns you on?
Good conversations turn me on. Also huge….tracts of land. Yep, I’m gonna have to go with good conversations and huge tracts of land on this one.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
My last question would probably be: “So, what’s the next question I should ask you”? I guess I’m not very good at good-byes.
We all live inside the bubble of history. Everything we do has been done before. Waving hello, walking upright, chewing gum, flipping the pillow over to the cool side on a summer’s night… Hell, even love is older than the dirt covering the roots of the tallest redwood, but try telling someone not to fall in love. So, yeah, a few mates with guitars and some songs and something to say—that’s nothing new. But if it’s Carney… just go ahead and try not to fall in love. Best of luck to you.
Anyone can ape and mimic, but to conjure takes a kind of magic. Rock and roll is the very history of repetition, picking the past up and dusting it off, passing it off as your own. Carney makes no bones about the bands they love and loved, but these are not influences worn on sleeves, this is the work of careful craftsmen in tune with invisible muses. First single, “Love Me, Chase Me,” is a potion derived from extracts of Beatles, Doors, Zeppelin, and Hendrix, but the wisp of white smoke rising from that test-tube is some other element, newly discovered.
“It’s cinematic, it jumps around to different places, and in the span of five minutes, it sort of sums up what we’re capable of as a band,” says guitarist Zane Carney of the song. “We’ve always wanted someone to listen to our music and immediately feel like they’ve been transported to another place,” adds lead singer, Reeve Carney. “That’s what I love. I like having a cinematic approach to music. I prefer things that feel a bit imaginary.”
Fitting then that Reeve was handpicked by director Julie Taymor (Across the Universe) to portray Peter Parker in the upcoming Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. With music composed by U2’s Bono and The Edge, Spider-Man offered Reeve the kind of mentorship any young singer would cut a deal with the devil to get. “Reeve was everything we could have hoped for: an amazing voice and a truly charismatic presence,” says Bono. (That might be one of those things Reeve likes that “feels a bit imaginary,” but this is real.)
Along with drummer Jon Epcar and bassist Aiden Moore, Carney’s debut album Mr. Green Volume 1 is a kaleidoscopic summoning of music from multiple epochs and worlds beyond. Whether it’s the flirty Gallic cabaret of “Amelie,” the toy-store music-box lullaby that opens “Nothing Without You,” the waltzing velvety title track, or the 7-minute rafter-rattling blues epic “Testify,” Carney sounds nothing like a new band. This is a haunting, like a ghost sifted up through ancient floorboards. To even call them a “new artist” would betray the full-stride breadth of their abilities as songwriters and performers. They are happily, confidently, already ahead of themselves.
“I never like to stay in the same place for too long,” admits Reeve. “I always strive to do something I haven’t done before. In that way, this album is exactly what I’ve always wanted to make, but the next one will hopefully move in a whole different direction.” “I don’t want fame or glory,” adds Zane. “Making music is already such a gift. That’s what drives us. We know what moves us and we want to share it.”
Carney has built a big tent. All are invited. It’s a spectacle of infinite surprise. It’s imaginary. It’s real. It’s everything that rock and roll is supposed to be. It might just be the sound of that bubble of history bursting. Try not to fall in love.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Hadar Pitchon
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Aiden Moore, New York, NY, 2011, Photography by Hadar Pitchon