For his video, “Big Bad Wolf,” Elliot Moss teamed up with Brooklyn Filmmaker Maria Juranic, Minneapolis Director Ryan Kron Thompson, and a slew of other Minneapolis based videographers to create “Big Bad Wolf”. Elliott Moss is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and visual artist from upstate New York. His blending of pop, ambient electronic, jazz, and layered vocals into sophisticated tracks.
People go, places change, nothing stays still. It was a concept that weighed heavily on singer-songwriter Elliot Moss’ mind as he watched his friends move on around him whilst he stayed still working on his debut album, Highspeeds. The album was released in May via Grand Jury.Highspeeds is now only set to step up as the album is due for release in the UK on PIay It Again Sam on 25th September.
Elliot grew up in the sleepy town of Mamaroneck, just outside New York City. The third generation in a family of musicians and artists, Elliot was destined to become a musician. He started learning guitar at an early age, and later picked up drums to become “a part of the club.” Writing his first song at the tender age of 13, he quickly graduated to playing in bands in high school mainly in order to understand the dynamic of playing with others, which informed his own songwriting. It was in his sophomore year of high school that the first seeds of Highspeeds were really sown by Elliot in a stroke of genius. He would spend time in his bedroom studio fleshing out the lyrics he had looping in his head all day, or laying down guitar tracks, programming beats and recording overdubs.
He’d also use the time to focus on making instruments and toying with equipment. “When I’m writing songs I hardly spend any time fiddling with knobs or playing with pedals” he says. “But, when the time comes to cash in on all of that experimenting, I can finally use the cool echo thing I figured out, for instance, or some other trick that happened while messing around.”
Most impressively, he saved up the cash earned from designing websites to build his own home studio to record the album, including customizing his own modular synthesizer. “I got a friend of mine to help me with the harder wiring aspects of it” Elliot explains. “It’s core is a vintage synthesizer called an ‘SEM’ and I built all of the panels and graphics that house the modules, it’s pretty extensively patched out. You can go to strange places with it, for sure.”
When Elliot originally self-released the album online at 19, he had very modest ambitions. “I hoped to have some people hear it and I figured maybe this is something I could do as a fun creative outlet in my life he says. I look up to people who are multi-faceted in that way. They seem like powerhouses that could do anything, and change into anything in an extraordinarily genuine way” Elliot says before modestly adding. “I dream to one day to be just a quarter, no a sixteenth, of what David Byrne is.”
Only four months after playing his first live show at Rough Trade NYC, Elliot hit the road for the first time this year supporting Cold War Kids in the US and Canada. Playing live is an experience Elliot relishes as much as being in the studio as he fully recreates the album with his five piece live band. “At first it was pretty terrifying” Elliot confesses. “But, now I really love playing stuff live with my band as there’s a lot of interaction going on and different things happen each night. The set continues to grow and change all the time.”