The Moods are a nine-piece genre-hopping collective of producers, poets and musicians from the Northwest of England. Combining drum & bass, reggae, hip-hop and EDM, and have plenty to say, sing and rap with their raw passion and socially conscious lyrics. This is music for the head and heart; They will make you dance, and then they’ll make you think.

2019 saw The Moods play on their biggest stage so far, performing at the Manchester Arena for the World Taekwondo Championships. Their upcoming single Strong was the official anthem of the games and the band brought the house down with a performance of the track that also featured the 40-piece Manchester Show Choir. With a whole host of single releases planned for this year and a new album due to be released in early 2020, The Moods are ready for a massive 12 months. Another tour in autumn will see the band play some new territories, as well returning to most of their favourite haunts around the UK to party with their ever-growing legion of fans. If you’ve never seen one of The Moods high-octane shows then make sure you catch them this year, whilst you still can.

What made you want to get into music?

I think music has always been in my blood. I always listened to music from an early age and so did all my family. It was my younger brother John who first started learning the guitar and it sparked my interest to learn the drums after being around John’s first band The Joint a lot. After a while I got better on the drums and joined The Moods and never looked back and love it.

What inspires you to write?

Speaking personally, the excitement of watching a song come together is enough to make you want to carry on making more.

Who has had the most influence on your music?

Because there is so many of us inspiration is not a problem! I think that as a whole we soak up what’s around us and try to keep up to date with the latest music.

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced in your career so far?

I think our biggest challenge is to keep going as a band because a lot of us work for a living and have a lot of commitments outside of the band, so it can be a challenge.

What has been the nicest thing anyone has ever written about you?

I guess it would be this: “In 2011, Chase & Status released seminal album No More Idols. Whilst clearly influenced by the work of Chase & Status, Missing Peace is draped in a darker shroud which, for me, takes it to another level.”

What has been the best and worst gig you’ve ever played?

One of the highlights has got to be playing the Manchester Arena for the World Taekwondo Championships, and I think one of the worst was a venue in Ashton just because no one turned up. But the show must go on!

What is the last album you played on Spotify?

Oscar Jerome – Live in Amsterdam

If you could support any band who would it be and why?

Such a hard chose I have so many. I think Rudimental or Chase & Status would be a good shout: I think we have similar energies.

What other bands do we need to be checking out right now?

KOG & The Zongo Brigade and Yoko Pwno are amazing to watch live and suggest you have a listen there easy to find online

Give us a few hints on what’s in store next for your band…

More single releases planned for this year and a new album due to be released in early 2020, another tour maybe and a lot more!

For more info on the Moods check them out on Facebook and Twitter, whilst you can catch up with more of their music on YouTube and Spotify.

All questions were answered by The Moods drummer Phil.