Moxie Raia is an emerging pop singer/songwriter who’s working tirelessly on her upcoming studio album, “Reckless Passionate Youth,” because, as she says, art is always a work in progress.
Raia co-wrote and sings on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles track, “Shell Shocked,” by Juicy J ft. Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign. She also released a catchy song, “Buffalo Bill,” which she says is about an everlasting feeling. I thought it was a drug reference, but I’m jaded.
Raia wrote every song on her album (out next year), including her latest single, “I Love It When You Cry,” telling BreatheHeavy.com she’s pulling from real life experiences to shape her record.
BreatheHeavy: Talk about where you are with your upcoming studio album.
Moxie Raia: Every time I swear it’s done, I come back to it. They say art is never finished, only abandoned. And I have abandonment issues.
BH: Are you using real life experiences to compose songs for the album?
MR: Only. I may be a pop singer on record, but I’m a blues singer in my heart.
BH: Tell me about the creative process writing on the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles song, “Shell Shocked.”
MR: I found out about the song on the 4th of July. They needed a hook by the next morning so I was like, fuck the fireworks. I stayed up the whole night and wrote the chorus, great decision!
BH: What does Buffalo Bill mean?
MR: Buffalo Bill is about a feeling you want to last forever.
BH: Who are some artists you’d like to collaborate with now, or down the road?
MR: Kendrick Lamar.
BH: Can you provide any song names or details that aren’t out?
MR: There’s a song on my record that goes, “We’ve never really been too good at much, but it’s okay, we’re really good at making mistakes.” If Reckless Passionate Youth is the movement, that song is the anthem.
BH: Who are some of your musical inspirations?
MR: Motown and soul music are my bread and butter.
BH: What are your thoughts on the pressures of stardom? Do you feel women have to live up to a certain standard or conform to what “the people” think they should?
MR: I’ve always had tons of respect for people who are able to deal with crazy pressure. It helps having people around that really care about you, and I’m lucky in that way.
BH: What does “success” mean to you in the music industry?
MR: Love. I want people to love, and I want to be loved. If that can all happen while my music is playing then I’ve won.
BH: What’s something people don’t know about you?
MR: I have a Left Eye tattoo on my wrist.
BH: How do you feel about artists that don’t write their own music?
MR: Great songs are great songs. This album’s way too real for me to not be involved in the writing process, but if an outside song really resonated with me, I’d be open to it.
BH: What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
She asks me to search this YouTube video: “Steve Aoki Live at Tomorrowland 2014,” and pointed me to a time (Aoki’s remixing her music at festivals). He says: “Oh my fucking God I love you guys so fucking much!”
- Jordan Miller, BreatheHeavy.com