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Keeping it fresh: Ian Moore tries to leave crowds ‘feeling they saw something amazing’

Ian Moore is a busy man.

He recently released the EP “Toronto,” his third release in 18 months.

“It’s been a lot of recording and a lot of writing,” he says. “That’s not the biggest component. I’m also my own manager, tour manager, marketer. I do a bit of graphic design and video editing. There are so many hats to wear for me today. It’s very different from when I started out.”

If that weren’t enough, Moore also founded the artist health care alliance Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare, or SMASH, and joined the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for the Pacific Northwest as governor and head of the advocacy committee. He also conducts a yearly songwriting workshop.

Over the course of his 30-year career, Moore has always kept his mind on the battles musicians face daily.

“Its a very different climate right now. When we hit a city, it doesn’t matter that I have 14 records, radio hits, etc.,” he says. “The only thing that matters is if we can really show up and leave the people feeling they saw something amazing. Its keeps me hungry, and I like the challenge.”

Moore’s music has also been showing up on TV shows, including “American Idol” and “The Voice,” which he is humbled by.

Moore wants to do more writing, which comes in waves.

“I’m seeing a shift in my music again,” he says. “It’s always come in different phases. Writing is a full-time job, and recording is a full-time job. Depending on what happens in the next few months, that will determine the timeline of when the next album will come out. I don’t anticipate going into the studio until 2019.”

With 30 years of releases under his belt, it can often be difficult for Moore to put together a set list.

Truth be told, he didn’t want to revisit his hits from the ’90s.

“I had four or five radio hits, and people began to not be happy that I wasn’t playing those in my set,” he says. “I was playing the songs that were the best at that point. In the last couple of years, I’m more inclusive of those songs, the songs from my first two records, and then I include the new music from the new EP. It’s a balance, and it varies with each audience. I understand that the audience is different and each person found my music at a different point in my career and their life. I try to get out on stage and just put on a wonderful show.”

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