How long have you been writing music?
Tatiana Moroz: I have been journaling for a long time, then writing some lyrics since around 12, though I really took on songwriting more formally when I was at Berklee College of Music. So it's been a while of making my thoughts into song at this point.
What are your influences? Who or what inspires you?
Tatiana: My influences include Cat Stevens, Carly Simon, Jeff Buckley, Nina Simone, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Nirvana, Fiona Apple and Ryan Adams for example.
I am inspired by life's experiences, things I see personally, experiences I have, and around relationships, especially in the case of this album. But throughout the music and my life is a love of freedom as a primary virtue and theme. People like Ron Paul have inspired my music, even citing him, but also technology. For example, Make A Youtube Video was an early homage to the emerging video creation ability that allows us to share ideas. There has been the Bitcoin Jingle, since that movement inspired me, and I wanted to encourage people to find this potentially scary tech as friendly, catchy, and approachable. For this record I am writing about self exploration, lessons learned, emotional barriers, romance, and of course, love, including that for the self and what we create around us.
What can you tell me about your upcoming album "Love songs for idiots"?
Tatiana: This album was recorded over 3 days in Brooklyn, with a stellar team of musicians (most of which I had worked with before). It was in the middle of the pandemic's first year, so that was pretty challenging, but overall, the record experience was perfect.
Tatiana Moroz - vocals, guitar Jeremy McDonald - bass Todd Caldwell - keys Jordan Rose - drums Will Hensley - producer, mixing engineer, guitar Joe Lambert - mastering engineer
I think the record is quite funny, a bit more pop-ish than my usual work, and I am really proud of the songwriting. I think it's also quite vulnerable, which I think is what is needed to make it relatable and "true" for people. That's my hope anyway, because I really crafted it with care. The artwork we created with Pixelmind.ai, and my graphic designer Niki Csanyi is really unique as well. I will be launching a number of NFTs in the upcoming months associated with the album.
Do you create art with a specific message, or do you prefer art for arts sake?
Tatiana: It depends what moves me. I prefer authenticity. So for example, I am not sitting around my room bored thinking of a song with a message. However, I may catch something on the news that stirs me, or I may experience something or imagine a scenario, and then a song sort of comes from an interpretation of the world around me. It could also be just a love thing, which is always good for content.
What is your creative process like? What tools and methods do you use to make your songs?
Tatiana: I usually feel inspired with a melody and some word phrases, concepts, or even shapes of words. I put them to music, record it, then transcribe the words as best I can. After that point, I can either go back and play what I have or play back my work so far, and see if I get other ideas lyrically.
I just use a laptop or a voice recorder and a word program, then once it's done, I bring it to Will to improve upon, add more instrumentation, flesh out things and then record the demo. When the demo is complete, we will send it to the band, and book the time for a real recording.
How long have you considered yourself a libertarian?
Tatiana: I think most people are libertarian and don't know it. I never subscribed to a certain political club, though coming from NJ, it's expected that anyone "cool" is a democrat. Funny how that works.
However, I became actively involved with libertarian politics, and found my tribe there in 2011 after many years of searching and educating myself. I used to love Dennis Kucinich, but once I understood more about the Fed and Austrian Econ, I knew Ron Paul was leading us on the right path.
What do you think the role of art should be in the libertarian movement?
Tatiana: I think it's a lot easier to get people to sing along to a song than read Rothbard. These ideas need promotion in many ways, and the arts are a natural and historic fit for telling the stories and sorrows of our time. My heart was moved by "Peace Train", and I think others will continue to be influenced in their ideas by music.
Where can people go to listen to your music?
Tatiana: Apple, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, anywhere digital music is sold.