XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
We just released our brand new single “The Flood” on July 10th to an overwhelmingly positive response, and we’re still very much hyped up about it. We believe it’s our best song so far, and it’s certainly the best performing one on Spotify – it’s about to hit 50k streams in its first month. Feel free to check it out here: https://ffm.to/theflood.opr If you’re like us, and you prefer some visuals to go along with the song, we have a lyric video for it here: https://youtu.be/TcTTehVBW3I
We’re keeping ourselves busy and are planning to shoot a music video for it in the coming weeks, and also have an alternative version of the track scheduled for release on September 18th. We have a couple more surprises planned before the year’s end, so make sure to follow us on social media if you like our sound.
Unfortunately, we don’t think we’ll have any live shows in 2020, due to the current pandemic situation in the world, but we’re hopeful for 2021, and already have a spot in a couple of festivals, stay tuned for more announcements.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
About 2 years. We released our debut single “Before It’s Too Late” on July 6th, 2018, and tend to count it as a starting point for our journey, it’s easier to remember it this way. Feel free to listen to the song, it all started from here: https://youtu.be/72nGiAV5Nco
But we wouldn’t lie if we said the project has been alive in our minds for quite some time, over 10 years, it just took some time to get our ideas materialized.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
A desire to return a favor for all the time’s music helped us personally, to help others with our music, a desire for self-expression, to make more music with meaningful context behind it, with a positive message. Music connects people from all over the world regardless of languages, cultures, and levels of their countries’ development, and we feel like we have something to say.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
I’m afraid we don’t have one, haha. We’ve always been around music, self-educating ourselves for the most part, but haven’t pursued anything on a professional level until Major Moment.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Honest, powerful (but not in a brute force way), inspiring, positive.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Well, the long-term goal would be world domination, of course, haha. On a serious note, our long-long-term goal is to see how far we can get on this musical journey. We realize it’s a vague statement, but we like to leave some room for imagination. Short-term goals include releasing new music every 2-3 months, music videos, keeping a strong connection with our fans and keep growing our fanbase.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Playing for a live audience is not exactly an option right now, but even back when it was we weren’t packing rooms yet, we’re still working on building our audience. We’d say that at this point in our career we’re focusing more on releasing recorded material to build that audience we’ll hopefully be performing in front of later. Playing live can be very cool, but it takes a lot of preparation and it’s time-consuming.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
We write about issues that bother us: the current situation in the world, people’s attitudes, our future as species, love, hate, the meaning of life.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
To be responsible with the messages we deliver in our songs.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
They got over it eventually, haha. It’s been two years, but in the beginning, there were quite a few raised eyebrows, so to speak. A lot of people didn’t take us seriously at first, but we see that attitude changes with every new milestone we reach.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
There are quite a few things we could tell, but first and foremost, make sure you understand what you’re getting yourself into. If you’re hoping to write a phenomenal album and hope it will get noticed and things take off from there, we’ve seen way too many examples of bands failing with this approach. Make sure you treat your band as a business and your music as a product. It doesn’t mean you have to make music that sells well, but you need to be aware of how marketable is what you do, who is your target audience? In the music business, it’s 10% writing great songs, and 90% working on finding people who will enjoy it and will become your fans. Be prepared that, as any other business, it will require a significant capital investment, not only initially, but throughout several years, until your music can at least pay for itself. Be honest with yourself and with your bandmates. This is a very tough industry to break into and requires long hours, a lot of boring things that simply need to be done, a stellar work ethic, a lot of money, and a lot of luck.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
“Living Your Life Like This”, “What It’s Like” and “May Leave Scars” was our favorite up until this point, but we can’t wait to test our new songs out, we’re 100% positive those would be a total blast to perform live. We wrote to them with live performance in mind.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
A lot of bands from the early 2000s: Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Evanescence, Avril Lavigne, Keane, etc. Music has always been there for us when we were going through some tough times or when we needed some inspiration and motivation, those bands and their shows were always full of positive energy, so we wanted to give that energy back to whoever might need it now.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
All those bands who inspired us, who we mentioned above, but also the ones our fans like to make it even more awesome for them! Let’s call Bring Me The Horizon, STARSET, and I Prevail! Hey guys, are you in? Hello? Hellooooo……
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
In just two years since our first release, we got over 500k streams on Spotify, close to a million views on YouTube, multiple awards and many nominations, performed at the NAMM Show, were featured in some of the top blogs about music, but the greatest accomplishment and the greatest joy is honestly every new day we get to spend living a musician’s life, connecting with our fans on social media, writing new songs, and doing what we love. It’s a great accomplishment in itself.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
A boring one, haha.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
A lot of it, actually, haha. We’re constantly working on improving our live show, and we even went as far as programming a light show that we’ve yet to test live, due to the pandemic situation. We built our own in-ear monitoring rig, so we can hear ourselves better and don’t have to rely on a monitoring engineer to build our mix, and have a couple of projects in mind for the future that would include timed MIDI-triggered effects for vocals, switching patches on a pedalboard, etc.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Music industry probably changes faster than any other industry, so everyone has to adjust quickly. See, now with the pandemic the focus shifts from live shows more towards streaming and hanging out online. We hope our music will stand out even more with our future releases, and who knows, maybe in a few years the rock scene will take the top of the charts back again!
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Sasha had a career as a professional tennis player for many years and was ranked in the top 600 in the world. Andrey almost got through law school, but quit senior year, moved to the US, built and successfully ran several non-music related businesses, then decided to give it all up to finally pursue music full-time.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Sure! Stay safe out there, guys! Follow the safety guidelines – the last thing we want is that spike of cases all over again! Let’s beat this thing and finally get back to normal, going to shows, festivals, so we can hang out in person. Meanwhile, stream our music, watch our videos, pick up some cool merch on our website
(www.majormomentband.com) to support our work if you enjoy it, and stay tuned to our socials, cause we have so much new stuff coming! You can connect with us here:
Other Streaming: https://ffm.to/majormoment
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Thank you for having us! 🙏🏻