Michael Moxey is crossing another item off his bucket list.
And boy, does it feel good.
But he knows it’s going to take a lot of hard work.
Moxey is gearing up to put out a full-length album.
“The impetus for (the album) was after playing this country music stuff for almost 18 years, I’m getting together a best of what I’ve written,” he says. “I’m coming up with new, fresh ways for the songs. I’m finally recording. It’s taken a while to grab ahold of the reins. It’s amazing that it’s finally happening.”
Moxey has a long history in the local music scene.
As a DJ, he worked for local stations 104.1 The Edge, as well as 94 Rock and The Zone, and became a voice in the community.
Then he moved to Austin, Texas, and spent almost three years at 101X Alternative Austin.
Since moving back to the Duke City, Moxey still gets opportunities to fill in on The Edge.
“I do a weekly feature,” he says. “The landscape has changed so much, and I tell stories of what it was like when I was in radio.”
Finding success in radio, playing other people’s music, Moxey yearned to make his own music.
He is currently recording the album with Matt Tobias at Empty House Studios in Albuquerque.
“He’s done a lot of great local stuff,” Moxey says. “Matt is a touring drummer and is successful in his own right. He’s such an awesome producer. I’m excited with all of the surprises that right now I have to keep under my hat.”
As far as writing goes, Moxey says that when he first started approaching country music, he did it with the comedy side of it.
“As my writing evolved … it became more personal,” he says. “I’m reaching deeper to find the stuff that’s universal. From personal relationships to more of the core issues that people deal with, I’m finding that there is a lot of personal stuff on this new album. Initially, I hesitate to write about it. But then I open up. I wrote about my mother dying about 10 years ago. It was difficult to write about, then I understood that other people have lived this story. They can relate.”