MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
Introduce yourselves, what are your names and roles in the band?
Moxy And The Influence: Sydney: My name is Sydney Ellen, and I play lead guitar
Alexey: I’m Alexey Poblete and I play the drums
Shea: My name’s Shea and I play bass
Moxy: And I’m Moxy, I’m the singer!
MuzicNotez: How did you meet and form up? How long have you been together?
Moxy And The Influence: Moxy: We’ve been a band for a little over 2 years now. It actually started kind of as an accident – I was doing a solo project through a development company, and a close family friend booked me for his gig without telling me and then was like “Hey, find a band!” And, Sydney and I had already worked together for like, 2 years I think?
Sydney: Yeah I think it was around 2 years by then. We were in another girl band before this one *laughs*
Moxy: So I was like “oh crap uhhh SYDNEY HELP”
Sydney: And of course I said yes, cause we’re best friends. I mean, we always have been. And it just kinda went from there and we’ve kept it going and had fun with it. It’s amazing being able to play music for so long with your best friends.
MuzicNotez: How did you come up with the name Moxy and The Influence?
Moxy And The Influence: Moxy: Well as I said, I began doing this as a solo project, so our first few gigs were simply under “Moxy Anne” – which is obviously not a band name. It was kind of a work in progress on the name for a while. To be quite honest, I don’t even remember where the idea of The Influence came from, but we liked it and we felt like it represented us well as all being very influential people.
Sydney: Like, in our individual groups of friends and stuff. People were always coming to us for advice and help and we were always the ones who would help our friends and just like… be a good influence on their lives, you know? So someone suggested it and we just ended up going with it.