Allie Moss is a New Jersey singer-songwriter, guitarist for Ingrid Michaelson’s band, and a solo artist in her own right, who released her debut album last year to critical acclaim. Amidst a hectic 2012 touring schedule, she was kind enough to take some time out to answer a few questions about her music and career to date…
Hi Allie. I believe you’ve been touring a lot with Ingrid Michaelson these past few months promoting ‘Human Again’. How’s it been and care to pick out any highlights?
It’s been great! We did a duo pop-up tour of small shows before the record released in January, a full-band spring tour and just began a summer tour. Spring tour ended in NYC, with our largest hometown audience to date. That was definitely a highlight. Last night we opened for Brandi Carlile at Red Rocks. The venue was just stunning.
You generously made your debut album ‘Late Bloomer’ available for free through Noisetrade recently with some new The Age Of Rockets remixes. How did that come about?
I’m friends with Andrew from The Age of Rockets. I thought it would be fun to have him remix some songs just to see what he did with them. On the one-year anniversary of Late Bloomer’s release, I decided to give the album away for free for a while and added the remixes as an exclusive.
Are there are plans afoot for you to record a follow-up to ‘Late Bloomer’? And if so, what sort of a record do you envision it being?
Yes! I’ve already begun. I’m working with Sam Kassirer again, recording in between tours. His studio is a lovely retreat in Maine. I envision the record being a little bit grittier, a bit bigger. But we’ll have to see how it develops…
If music hadn’t ended up being your path in life, what do you think you’d like to have done instead?
I could see myself being a makeup artist or a professional organizer.
How was it you came to co-write a track for Thomas J Speight’s latest EP?
He reached out to me and so we got together while I was in Liverpool on tour. We became friends, and it worked out that I was able to sing on the record as well.
And finally could you recommend one book, one film, and one band or music album you’ve enjoyed recently?
Book would be Just Kids by Patti Smith, album would be Busy Hands by Harper Blynn. I haven’t seen it yet, so I don’t know if this counts, but I’m really looking forward to the new Pixar movie Brave. I’m psyched there is finally a curly-haired heroine!
(photo courtesy of Adam Jason)