Musician, Allie Moss, uses vulnerable moments to persevere. She courageously wrote her most recent EP, The Other Side, after the end of her marriage and acknowledges that her favorite lesson she's learned is talking about uncomfortable stuff. We met up in SoHo to talk about music creativity and not giving up.
Occupations, affiliations, and projects.
I’m a musician, songwriter, and vocal coach.
My latest EP is called “The Other Side;” I released it in October with the help of fans through PledgeMusic. I also have a side project with my friends Bess Rogers & Hannah Winkler that focuses on singing songs we love stripped down and in 3-part harmony; we recently put out a live EP. I’ve toured 10 years as part of Ingrid Michaelson's band. I love the role of backing another artist and bringing their songs to life on a stage. I’m super into the voice as an instrument and have a passion for working with singers to help them find their voices using technique as a tool, rather than a style in itself.
How did you get to where you are today?
Lots of (ongoing) practice, collaboration, and the support of family & friends.
Tell me more about why it's important for you to make music?
Creativity and exercise are the same for me in that when I neglect them, I tend to get cranky. So it’s kinda for my general health & that of those around me. But also, there’s just a feeling of accomplishment I get from writing, and especially from finishing a song, from crafting lyric and melody into something that moves.
To date, what accomplishments (of any kind) are you most proud of?
Allowing myself to be vulnerable in relationships. And I was vulnerable with this EP, in the writing and in asking for help from fans to put it out. It’s not easy for me to ask for help in that way.
What is your #1 motivating mantra to get through tough moments?
Breathe. Chin up, and breathe.
What’s your favorite lesson you’ve ever learned?
It kind of tags off of the earlier question. I guess I’d say to not make decisions based out of fear and to talk about hard things even if I’m uncomfortable. Accepting that my marriage was over was really hard. It was something I feared for so many reasons. I’d never really lived a life as a single person because I went from my parents’ home to being married. I feared talking about difficult things because I didn’t want to stir things up or lose him. In the end, I did anyway not just because of this alone but it was a contributing factor.
What's your go-to song to put you in a better mood?
Gosh, you’d think this answer would be on the tip of my tongue. I thought about this for awhile and I don’t really have a go-to feel-good song. If I’m sad, I indulge it with sad music. But there’s definitely music that motivates me. I LOVE making workout playlists. On tour in March, I made a Treadmill Hills Workout, and a favorite song off that is “Don’t Kill My Vibe” by Sigrid. Also! I’m super into John Legend’s new album “Darkness and Light.”
When do you feel the most creative?
When I’m moving. I often get ideas when I’m walking or driving or cleaning.
Top 5 people you would invite to a dinner party:
5 women who’ve inspired me or changed my life in big and small ways in the last few years: Elizabeth Gilbert, Caroline Hirons, Ashley Black, Esther Perel, and Dana Shultz aka The Minimalist Baker (maybe she would cook)?
What’s the best piece of advice that you can give anyone who's working towards their goal in the music industry?
Be kind and be on time.
What’s the next goal?
I’m touring a bit this year; I just got back from a west coast house concert tour in May. I’m working on a home studio set-up so I can flesh out ideas. More music, live and recorded. And more fitness. I used to be a competitive athlete (pre-hip-surgery) but now my only competition is myself. I practice yoga, indoor cycling, and HIIT!
By "do-ing", you create your own unique legacy. How do you want your legacy to look/be remembered?
"She didn’t quit. She was kind."
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