-Interview- Silver Moon Riders (1/31/23)

Silver Moon Riders talk about their eclectic sound, the Colorado music scene and much more.


Sounds like: Americana Rock
From: Colorado

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Silver Moon Riders" and is there any meaning behind it?

The band has broad experiences from rock, country, blues and funk. When an original is written it can end up being in a genre that is not expected. All the band members have been involved in music since childhood. The name of the band came from a song that was written back in 2017 called Moon Rider. The song was mixed and mastered at a studio called Silver Sound. Hence, the band name Silver Moon Riders.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

The music so far is written about past experiences while on active duty, in the Army. On active duty and the continuous encounters with diverse populations and being long distances from home. That is the feelings behind the lyrics.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

The sound could be confusing because one song will sound country while the next sounds like blues or rock. It goes back to the bands different upbringings and active duty experiences.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Well that is way too difficult to nail down. Tough question. So many artist but I am going to go for legends: Johnny Cash, Led Zeppelin, and Boston…To be honest we would love to tour with any musician that are serious about their music. Each of our members would have different opinions on this.

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

COVID’s positive effect was a lot of downtime to write and learn more about recording. Obviously, not being able to perform live was the negative.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Americana Rock?

Rock has evolved since it’s beginnings in the 50’s. Currently it has lost its way but I suspect as generations change overtime so does American rock. It continuously is being redefined.

7. What's the current music scene like there in Colorado?

The bands that dedicate themselves to playing hit songs will get more gigs than original bands. However, our band, we will play a mixture of originals and hit songs. In Colorado it fluctuates from town to town on what is appreciated more.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

The positive is that any artist can put their music out there. It is a two edge sword if people have to pay more for listening to songs they won’t probably pay for it. To make good money as a musician today it requires touring more than streaming.

9. What’s next for Silver Moon Riders?

We will continue to recording and release music and gig as we do. Every gig is important for us, if it is playing for 2 or a 1000 people, we will play our best, have fun and continue to learn.

10. Any shoutouts?

We will shout out to Enharmonic Studio in Colorado Springs for its continuous help with engineering our music.