Interview with Burnt Out Wreck Voclaist Gary Moat (former Heavy Pettin')

By Mick Michaels

COSMICK VIEW: Hello, Gary! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it's greatly appreciated.
Gary Moat: Thanks for asking.

CV: Experimentation in music has always been an underlying path for so many artists; whether it is subliminal or overtly in your face.  How important is experimentation for you as an artist when working on new material. Likewise, how important do you think artist experimentation is for the listeners' overall experience?
GM: Well personally I don’t stray too far away from bluesy Rock N Roll that much but saying that the new material I’m working on might raise a few eyebrows, LOL. I like it when people try something different, it’s cool, but of course you can’t keep everybody happy.

CV: Does writing for you involve taking the audience perspective...writing in such a manner that what moves them is taken into consideration?  Or is it more of a personal approach and more geared toward what you want to do? GM: If I knew what people wanted Id be a very rich man, LOL, but hey I have to like what I’m doing and if it moves me then I just have to hope others will feel the same. It’s worked so far I think, touch wood!

CV: How important is it for you as an artist to be able to connect with your audience? Is there a line for you, however, that shouldn't be crossed when looking to make a connection between artist and fan? 
GM: I think these days with the internet everyone has instant access to the bands. I think it’s taken away the mystique of it all. Back in the day you didn’t know where anyone was and knew nothing about what they had for breakfast, LOL. Now it’s all 24/7 madness!

CV: After an album is written and recorded, where do you find yourself as an artist?  Is there a sense of accomplishment or is that just the beginning? Do you leave a little piece of yourself on the table after each project?
GM: Absolutely brain dead, LOL…the concentration to get it all down and to the best of your ability takes its toll alright. It’s great to hear the finished product…it never turns out like you imagined it would so it can go either way. Sometimes for better or for worse, then you have to live with it for the rest of your life!

CV: How has the COVID pandemic affected the music industry for you? Have you as an artist found a way to cope and stay connected to your fans amidst all the restrictions? 
GM: Same as everyone in the world; just keeping a profile going on the internet, lots of interviews thankfully and keeping people informed about our Burnt Out Wreck Beer, Cider and Ale Spirit…you can find them all online.

CV: Do you feel Rock as a whole has been on a steady decline in popularity over the last 20 years? If so, is it a matter of taste or is there more of a social reason behind it in your opinion?
GM: I don’t think there’s a decline…the younger generations still like rock but its new rock not the stuff us older guys play, everything has to move on somehow I guess.

CV: As an artist, what have you learned from the events of 2020? Are there things you are going to do differently moving forward?
GM: I’ve learned that being a musician sucked even more than before the pandemic…as for differently, I don’t think so, definitely stop playing for free?

CV: What can we expect to see coming from you in 2021?
GM: We shall be out playing gigs for sure…we can’t wait to get back at it, it’s just the best. And there will be a new album in 202…we are just finishing the demos for that as we speak…so yeah, all good!

CV: Thank you again Gary for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers. I wish you all the best and continued success.
GM: Thanks for the support Mick and thanks to everyone out there buying our music…drink, stay safe and come say hello if you see us playing live!

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