Interview: Moy on ‘No Talk’s the Best Chat’

Glasgow-based New Zealander Moy wrote and recorded “No Talk’s The Best Chat” at the height of lockdown. We chatted with him about the track and the ensuing video.

How did you get started as a musician, and what message are you trying to convey with your music? 
I picked up the guitar at 14 and would learn covers in my bedroom; I started to write song ideas with the intention of having somebody else sing them. Shortly after that, though, I realized that I would need to just do it myself.
With the music, I try to convey my thoughts, feelings, and observations in a way that I can translate easier than if I were to talk about them.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences? 
Josh Klinghoffer, Arctic Monkeys, The Voidz, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Grimes, The XX, Ratatat.
What was the writing and recording process like for the song, and how does it differ from previous work? 
With lockdown it has been quite challenging to record; normally my band mates and I would work together in the studio, spending long nights experimenting with chords and sounds, but I haven’t seen my guitarist or drummer in 14 weeks. But, in that time, we managed to record our new song.
It was written and recorded originally on the acoustic guitar; we added a few parts and sent the song over with no idea of what they would record and sent back. It was a strange feeling having their sound on the song without us all being together
4What are some of the major lyrical themes you like to touch on? 
Life and loss.
Do you have anything else you’d like to highlight, like a livestream, future tour plans, etc? 
Currently, with the way the world is just now, we do not have any plans in place; we have just been sending each other music and trying to record as much as possible.
We spent a month of lockdown learning how to animate a music video, which we are very proud of. It consists of over 2500 hand-drawn images which were based on videos we took and sent to each other and some film references from movies I watched over the past few months.
How much has COVID interrupted your flow, and how are you getting by? 
The main interruption has been not being able to see my bandmates, be in the same room and play music; we manage to get through it by calling each other and keeping in touch as much as we can. Recording the new single in isolated really pushed that, as the communication was key.
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