Motown Moe is a smooth Jazz producer arranger and Pianist from the Detroit area and has been an avid Smooth jazz fan since he heard Tom Scott and the LA Express on Detroit’s legendary WJZZ station. Offend asked how the concept name “Motown Moe” was created, it’s a reference to his hometown nicknamed Motown (Detroit) after the most famous Record Company in history and “Moe” was adapted from his middle name Maurice.  Detroit is a city often degraded by the press with negativity but growing up in Detroit to Moe was a place filled with hard work, hopes, dreams, and promises as well as much talent.  As a youngster Moe would spend endless hours in his room during the cold Michigan winters and hot summers listening to music ranging from Ronnie Laws to MFSB as well as to Jazz radio. The instrumental music of the 70’s really consumed him, especially the sounds coming out of Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound studio. Motown Moe did have interest in the sax guitar, and piano at a young age but did not have the discipline nor the dedication to stay focused on mastering them. He was more interested in sports participation football, boxing, and track. After high school Moe entered the Air Force completing 21 years of Active duty and Reserve duty combined which gave him a chance to live and visit numerous parts of the world. Whilst in the Military Moe bought a small Casio keyboard and began to play music and record into a cassette deck. Motown Moe after being discharged from the Air Force worked in a New Jersey Steel Mill for a few years before returning to Detroit to work on an auto assembly line. Moe was once a member of both United Steel workers and United Auto workers at some point. His love of music also led to him to not only listen but to create tracks. Moe readily admits to his lack of knowledge regarding the technical side of mixing and mastering.  He admits to recording his early tracks directly into a Cd player with no EQ, Compression, or Reverb.  Moe over the years has vastly improved his recording skills through study and research on how to effectively use EQ, Compression, and Reverb tools.  During this journey Moe met Pianist Nate Harasim who was extremely helpful in showing him the importance of learning the technical side of music production. Nate has produced several of Moe’s tracks and they continue to work together. Moe has been fortunate to record with musicians such as Nate Harasim Guitarist Blake Aaron, Bassist Darryl Williams, Percussionist Curtis McCain, James Davis Guitarist, Daniel Domenge Guitarist, DF Michael Bassist, Randy Sherwood, are among the many.  Moe has received chart status with several singles and albums along with song plays on a number of Cable tv shows, this includes top 40 album status on SmoothJazz.com charts with his latest release “The New Normal”. Motown Moe is working on a new project for 2021 which includes songs with Nate Harasim, Nils guitarist, Nick Stone on Sax and Darron Cookie Moore.  Motown Moe currently maintains a home studio located outside of Chicago. He is currently looking for artists old and new for projects to produce, mix, and master. If you are serious about your music contact him at www.motownmoe.com or  FB search for Motown Moe the musician. Moe will help you reach your music goals. 

  

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