BUZZWORTHY MUSIC ARTIST: MOXIE

Perez Hilton is obsessed. Skrillex is a big fan. Big Sean is in her corner. Not bad for newcomer Moxie, a hot, fresh face with killer pipes and that extra something that should make the likes of Rihanna very worried. As Moxie telegraphs her way to the top of the music game with infectious energy, talent beyond her years and artistry that lets you right in, we catch up to talk music, The Brain House and what Buffalo Bill is all about.

ON THE RISE: MOXIE

24/7 WITH MOXIE…

9 A.M: Still sleeping.

NOON: Waking up, answering emails, getting some fresh air, getting ready for either a session or a rehearsal.

3 P.M: Either recording, writing, or in rehearsal.

6 P.M: Still there…

9 P.M: …still

MIDNIGHT: Still… maybe hitting up some friends to chill at wherever I’m at. The best parties are always in the studio.

HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: You moved to New York to live with your sister at 13 to pursue your artistic dreams. Pretty ballsy move, tell me about that…

MOXIE: I grew up in a really small town in New Jersey where I never really felt like I fit in. Basically, as soon as I was old enough, I applied to a performing arts school in New York City and moved in with my older sister who was living there at the time. I’m so thankful to have been thrown into art, culture, and independence so young. It completely shaped who I am.

HM: Then you drop out of Columbia and move cross country to Los Angeles to join this songwriting collective, The Brain House. First of all, what was that transition like for you?

MOXIE: The transition was pretty seamless. The boys are not only so spellbindingly talented, but they are actually my greatest friends. My family for life. We got so lucky… to be able to make music with people who you have a deep, soulful connection with is very rewarding. I thank G-d every day for The Brain.

HM: So, The Brain House was put together by Freddy Wexler. What’s it all about?

MOXIE: Freddy started a company called The Brain and signed a bunch of writers, producers and artists a few years ago. We were all from different places but decided to move to LA and move in together – me and 6 guys. The house became this sort of creative commune.

HM: Was it hard for the group to gel in the beginning? Egos? Clash of ideas, personalities? That creative chemistry needed to make magic – was that hard to come by or did it click instantly?

MOXIE: We clicked instantly… pretty much a love-fest. It was a really cool thing to see 7 strangers from all different places come together like we had known each other our whole lives – so much mutual respect and appreciation on all fronts. I kind of became their temp mother even though I was one of the youngest… they all call me Mama Mox.

HM: Who are some of your musical influences, artists that really opened you up creatively?

MOXIE: I found my voice through listening to a lot of Motown and Soul. As a young kid at home, I was surrounded by classics like The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops. I was also extraordinarily obsessed with Michael Jackson… who continues to inspire me.

HM: Your sound in 3 words…

MOXIE: Raw. Passionate. Drum-heavy.

HM: You collaborated with Benny Cassette (Kanye West, Yeezus), when you released a 5 song mix tape, R.P.Y. Tell me about putting that tape together.

MOXIE : Benny is a great friend, so collabing with him on R.P.Y. was really special for me. He completely gets me and my sound and what I want my music to feel like, so the process was very easy and free. I also co-produced a track with him and Freddy which was a first for me. We really grinded it out on that music though…spent many hours in that studio, slept there most nights.

HM: One of the songs off R.P.Y. – ‘Bad Decisions’ made waves in hip hop and pop circles. How did the song come about?

MOXIE: This song was really an answer to the state I was in. I was going through a really rough time. The song is my baby, because it was such a release and honest confession of all those feelings. I was just making a lot of Bad Decisions – falling in love with people that weren’t good for me and letting those emotions control my life and mind.

HM: How important is writing your own material and producing your music? Soul-bearing stuff, I’d imagine…

MOXIE: I really have no interest in making music that isn’t true to me. I just want to tell my story…and I’m the only one who can really do that.

HM: Favorite song you’ve written to date…

MOXIE: Must be this one called ‘Holy’.

HM: Let’s talk a little ‘Buffalo Bill’, the first single off your upcoming LP. What’s the backstory to the track and who or what exactly is Buffalo Bill?

MOXIE: ‘Buffalo Bill’ is actually not the single but it was the first song we released off the LP. The song really came as an answer to my situation living at The Brain House. We would have these crazy, I guess you could call them, art parties (most of my friends outside the house are artists in some medium as well – writers, painters, poets, musicians). The creative energy of these nights was so strong and powerful that you could get high off it. We would always joke about it so “Buffalo Bill” became our name for the perfect high. It’s a song about community, friends, the grind, hanging out, growing up, living in the moment. The single is called ‘I Love It When You Cry’.

HM: Tell me about a couple of the other tracks on the album you are excited for people to hear.

MOXIE: Really excited for people to hear ‘I Love It When You Cry’ honestly. I am so stoked it’s the single…sonically, lyrically, melodically, it is so honestly me. So, that feels good to have such a clear representation of me with my first single.

HM: Let’s talk a bit of fashion. How would you describe your style?

MOXIE: I dress like a boy a lot. I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy…I like to mix guys jeans with some elegant crop top, doc martins, and a snapback. It’s kind of my uniform right now.

HM: The music game is a tough one, and a competitive one. How do you deal with the pressures that come with the industry?

MOXIE: Tunnel vision. I just stay focused on the music and the art.

HM: Tell me something we’d be surprised to know about you.

MOXIE: If I had to die eating one final thing, it would be a cupcake. White cake, chocolate icing.

HM: What’s the long game?

MOXIE: Long game is all about using whatever platform I attain with my music to unite people in the world.

GET MOXIE’S MUSIC ON iTunes:

Single HERE

Remix EPHERE

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF CAPITOL RECORDS

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