Major Moment Interview 14/10/20
MM: Can you tell us about Major Moment and whos your biggest influences
Major Moment is a hard rock / alt.metal band based in Boston, with an equal amount of influences coming from Eastern & Western cultures, pop, rock & electronic music worlds. Our biggest influences are bands like Linkin Park, Bring Me The Horizon, The Prodigy, Pendulum, Daft Punk, Keane, Cold, Avril Lavigne, Paramore, Coldplay, etc.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Could be anything, really: from something we’ve seen on TV to something you remember from a dream, to something that’s bothering us on a daily basis, like injustices in the world and questions about the Universe. We don’t limit our topics, but we tend to write about things that are real and that a lot of people can relate to, we enjoy having this conversation with our audience.
MM: What would you say is Major Moment’s favourite song ?
Of our own songs or in general? Haha. Our current favorite Major Moment song is “The Flood”. You can check it out here: https://ffm.to/theflood.opr
Favorite songs from other artists vary greatly, so it’s much harder to point a finger to. “Parasite Eve” by Bring Me The Horizon has definitely been one of our favorite songs recently.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
Fingers crossed, yes. We do have a couple festival spots secured for Summer / Autumn of 2021, and we’re working on applying for some more, so wish us luck. Let’s hope that 2021 can compensate for the absolute disaster 2020 has been so far.
MM: What can we expect from Major Moment live
Oh heck, we don’t even know what to expect of ourselves for every next show we play, haha. One thing that’s probably going to stay true forever is our desire to be constantly improving something, whether it’s our stage presence or something technical that the audience might not even notice at first, but that makes our performance fun to watch and makes everything sound good. So far, it’s been an uphill battle to make sure every box is checked.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
We haven’t toured much as we’re still trying to build our fanbase first, because the thing we’d definitely hate about touring the most is playing beat down bars to no audience. Until we can figure out a viable promotion strategy to prevent this from happening, we’re probably better off spending more time writing songs and playing locally. We’d love to go on tour one day though, don’t get us wrong, we’re not expecting to tour arenas right away, but to get at least 50-70 fans in each big city would be a must, and the best thing about touring would definitely be meeting those 50-70 fans in person.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Not sure about buddies, but we’d love to tour with any of the bands that we’re influenced by. As a matter of fact, any band that fits our genre, appeals to our fanbase & we appeal to theirs.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Andrey: It’s a great question, but for me almost every concert is memorable for one thing or the other, I can think of at least 5 concerts that were memorable each for different reasons. Let’s do it (in the order of shows):
Sheryl Crow. Acoustic Show at Virgin Megastore Times Square, NYC in 2005. My first concert on US soil, it was a free show promoting her best album in my opinion, “Wildflower”. Great memories of browsing thousands of CDs and merch before the show, also happened to randomly meet Wladimir Klitschko right on Times Square.
Keane. Under The Iron Sea Tour / Live at Axis, Boston, MA, 2006. One of my two favorite albums of all time performed live in a GA room that fits 200-300. All tickets were sold out before I found out about the show, but I showed up early, met the band, took a (very blurry) picture with them, and couldn’t get a ticket before the doors opened. I still stood next to the box office by myself as the line was gone, and some guy showed up selling the ticket for a face value. I was ready to pay 10 times more for it, so I was very happy. I made it close to the front row as the intro to the first song was playing. I also lost a $100 bill at that show, lol.
Linkin Park. Bamboozle Festival / New Jersey, 2007. My first Linkin Park show, after being a hardcore LP fan for 7 years. Also their first show after almost 2 years of not touring. It was bananas. Getting to Jersey by public transportation overnight, waiting all day for LP to headline, watching a lot of great bands before them, and then having so much fun in the pit that my glasses needed a replacement, haha.
A-ha. Live at Nokia Theater / NYC, 2010. The only time I got to see this great band live during their “farewell” (not really) shows. Just a phenomenal show full of great new arrangements of all-time classics.
Julien-K. Live at “The Vault” / New Bedford, MA. Myself and Sasha picked up our friend from the airport, bought tickets on the way to the show and had a great time in the front and only row, cause there were only a dozen people in the room, and then had an extended meet & greet (more like an aftershow party) backstage.
Sasha: I’m going to talk more about one show, that is definitely on top of my list and will always be. I don’t think even our own shows can beat that, lol! At least, not yet.
Linkin Park. Live at Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 2011. This was such a special performance on so many levels! First of all, it's an extremely rare location for a concert to take place. There has been a rumor that it only happened because the President's son was a huge Linkin Park fan, and the President wanted to make it special for him, haha. Second, this show was in support of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon world premiere, which means that director Michael Bay and all his cast were also there! To top it off, this concert was free! But there was a catch. We had to listen to one radio station and enter a specific code on their website to earn a bracelet that would be a pass to enter the show. It was not easy! Of course, their website crashed a couple of times, lol. But I managed to get one for myself and even help other fans I barely knew to earn their bracelets!
You cannot imagine the excitement! It was their second time in Moscow, 4 years since the previous show, so people were eager to finally see them again. It felt like the whole city was there, and it obviously made it extremely tricky to get to the front row… but I did! I felt so lucky! Linkin Park pulled off an outstanding performance, and we came prepared as well. I’m confident it was the biggest and the best flashmob ever, just take a look at those pictures! (that’s me there, haha!) Chester said: “It is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! Thank you guys so much!” I felt so proud for people who organized it, for the community, and for myself and everyone else who helped to make it happen!
Fun fact: The girl that stood next to me in the front row that day (see picture below) became one of my friends. When I moved to the US we lost contact, but we reunited 9 years later, and she is now a huge fan of Major Moment, it’s just an amazing gift!
Photo by Linkin Park: https://www.instagram.com/p/GPuuK/
Coldplay. Live at Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany, 2012. Second most memorable show. It was my first time attending a concert outside of Russia, so I was very excited! Olympiastadion is huge! I loved every second of it, from organization to actual performance. Mylo Xyloto Tour had amazing branding, colorful stage design and all the elements, like electronic bracelets on our hands that would shine to the lyrics of the song, the big balloons that were pushed around, the confetti and fireworks at the end, it was incredible!
Fun fact: my bracelet was shining all night and even a little bit the next day, haha.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
We have some small accomplishments, feel free to check out our website to read a little bit about our story: https://majormomentband.com/about/