Interview: Brayden Doig from Boss Moxi
Nikki Keating | On 04, Oct 2013
With tomorrow’s gig at Ric’s a throwback to earlier times and an album conceived amongst the hills in Maleny, front man, vocalist and guitarist of Brisbane band, Boss Moxi, the wonderful Brayden Doig gave me the low down on all things music, members and superheroes.
CD: Was it love at first sight or has Boss Moxi been a labour of love? How did you guys start up?
Brayden: A bit of both. The band formed as a high school past time in 2009. Ollie, myself and Alex Bowler, our old drummer. We played a few shows after school putting together five or so songs with Dan Milad on bass guitar in the living room of Alex’s parent’s house. As Alex left for Germany on exchange at the end of 2009, Ollie met Sophie at the Woodford Folk Festival in the new year, that’s how the band began. We’re still the same group today, though over the last year we’ve welcomed Daniel Grima into the family on brass among other things.
CD: From 2009 until now, what has been a leading factor that made you guys grow as a group, and as a sound?
Brayden: I’m not sure if there’s any kind of factor that has made us do anything, other than the pure desire of wanting to write music and operate as a band. We owned a very rough and grungy sound back when the members solidified and we wrote the EP. We’ve grown as a group with time, and the sound we play now is simply a product of the improvement of each of our instrumental roles in the band. We’ve always been careful not to replicate our own music, so becoming more competent with our instruments over the last four years has made exploring different sounds and styles significantly easier.
CD:Â Has there been a pivotal moment, gig or event that marks each or all of you?
Brayden: Recording our forthcoming album in Maleny at the end of last year was incredible. The opportunity to remove yourselves from the day-to-day grip of the city, escape to a peaceful, quiet house among the mountains and record your music is something I would recommend to all bands. The tour now dawning on us is something we’ve wanted to do as a band for a long time, so we’re confident that we will at least come away with some precious memories.
CD:Â What is the dynamic of the group? Tell me a little about each of you.
Brayden: It’s interesting, in some ways we live very individual lives. The music brings us together when it can, and when it does it’s always a rush of wicked energy. We’ve never properly sat down and talked about who we are, or what exactly we do. We generally just let things happen. I like to think we don’t over think things and that our contrasting personalities create some sort of balance within the band. It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.
CD:Â Why Rics?
Brayden: We played our first ever show at Ric’s as many Brisbane bands have. Its intimate bar stage and generally distracting mirror always creates an interesting show. Maybe it seems fitting that we play our first ever tour show at Ric’s as well, it’s bound to be fun, it has been a while.
CD:Â Do you plan to stay in Brisbane? What’s the holy grail for Boss Moxi?
Brayden: Like I said, these things we haven’t really discussed too much. I guess you could say there’s a mutual understanding that planning for too much or searching for the ‘holy grail’ might create false expectations in the band. We do it because we love playing music together. The ‘holy grail’ if I had to give you some sort of idea, for me at least, might be to find ‘the secret formula’ to simply keep doing it, no worries.
CD:Â Speaking of which, why the name?
Brayden: Boss (Moxie), as it’s originally spelt, is some fat-cat capitalist who plays the part of a villain in various early 1970’s DC comics. Boss Moxi is our spelling of it of course, it looks better. It’s never easy finding a band name, I think we just found it and stuck with it.
CD:Â What’s you view of Brisbane’s music industry?
Brayden: It’s young. I have been more of an observer rather than a participant over the last four or so years so I have to say, Brisbane really does have the potential that it says it has. I believe in ways that potential has been there for longer than we think and never properly found. I have experienced some of my most inspiring musical moments here in Brisbane, sometimes at the back of an almost empty bar and it is in these ways that Brisbane speaks to me most. I see odd inter-state influences and methods that are prominently taking form in Brisbane, in the way we view live music and accommodate live musicians. Like I said, Brisbane is young and has everything here, it will take time but one day it will turn into something truly wonderful and different.
CD:Â If you weren’t doing this, where would you be?
Brayden: I’m the only one not studying in the band, so if I weren’t doing this – I’m not sure, I’d probably take my art and travel. I know the others have university degrees to finish, I’m sure if we all weren’t in Boss Moxi we’d find some other form of creative ventilation and go hard at it.
CD:Â Batman or Superman?
Brayden: Even though Boss Moxi only features in the Superman Comics and that would probably make sense, definitely Batman. The guy has no powers – only a legitimately productive attitude.
Boss Moxi is set to play on the 5th of October at Rics Bar in Fortitude Valley; 8pm start, downstairs by the bar! Get keen and show this Brisbane band some love.