Changeville Artist Spotlight: Moon Hooch
“It started on pots and pans on the kitchen floor when I was two or three,” said James Muschler, drummer for the band Moon Hooch.
Moon Hooch, hailing from Brooklyn, will be bringing its dance-oriented, percussion and saxophone-based sounds to Gainesville’s social change festival Changeville.
Drummer James Muschler, and horn players Michael Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen make up the trio known for its self-described intense dance music with an acoustic infrastructure dominated by woodwinds and drums.
The band has been known for incorporating unusual objects like traffic cones into their music.
“Wenzl has been mounting tubes into the bell of his sax since he was very young,” Muschler said.
He experimented with several tubes to find a lower tone for the tenor sax shortly after the band formed. The one that they have been using is a minor 6th lower than the lowest note on the tenor, he said.
In just a few years, the band has gone from humble beginnings, playing on New York City subway platforms, to touring with the likes of Lotus, Beats Antique and They Might Be Giants.
Everything is a starting point of inspiration for their music, Muschler said. “Life and the experiences we have living it are what our music is about.”
After their self-titled debut album was released in 2013 and peaked at number nine on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart, others in the industry began to take notice of the band’s growing fame, like Iggy Pop.
“This feels lovely,” he said. “Recognition always feels good– especially from a force of nature like Iggy.”
The future for Moon Hooch looks bright as they plan to keep writing and practicing, playing shows and growing as musicians.
When the trio isn’t cooking up some funky tunes, they take the cooking to the kitchen. The trio posts recipes on the road sharing vegan cooking on its blog here.
Catch Moon Hooch, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls, Talib Kweli, Endless Pools, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Big Freedia and other big names at Changeville, Gainesville’s social change festival, from March 2-3. View the lineup in its entirety here.
Tickets can be purchased here for $29. Use our discount code “SCENE” for 10% off your ticket.