Ryan Moore

The Exclaim! Questionnaire

BY None NonePublished Nov 17, 2016

Twilight Circus Dub Sound System's Ryan Moore hails from Vancouver, BC and currently resides in the Netherlands. His latest platter is called Volcanic Dub.

Current fixations:

Some fabulous congas I recently bought — they are in the kitchen and when I walk by I'll lay down a little conga jam. It's very relaxing musical therapy.

Mind-altering work of art:

Hopi Indian Kachina dolls: Spirit creatures from another dimension often sporting parrot beaks & antlers. Seriously bizarre.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?

Seeing the Bob Marley Legend tour circa 1984 with the full classic line-up (sans Bob of course). Two shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver. That was the first time I heard reggae bass played at mega volume and played by my all-time bass hero, Family Man Barrett. I was introduced to Family Man in between shows, which lead to some very Zen master-like musical advice being imparted. An unforgettable night.

What has been your career high and low?

In my 20-plus years in the thrilling world of rock, too many of both to single out. Sitting onstage/in a van somewhere thinking "this sucks," wishing I were somewhere else, contrasted with sitting onstage/in a van somewhere thinking "this is great" and feeling on top of the world.

What should everyone shut up about?

Here in Holland, the crown prince is getting married (the bride-to-be seems rather charming but her dad was a Cabinet Minister in the Argentinian Junta that made 30,000 people "disappear") which has created a media frenzy as this and other royal news has been the top story for about six months, which drives me crazy. I definitely wish people would shut up about it. Its ridiculous to witness, in this progressive democratic country, the amount of political and social influence the Dutch royal family still wields.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:

Humans, ideas, other organisms, the Earth, certain inanimate objects possibly.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?

Tenacity. Paranoia (but for good reason).

What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?

Excessively chaotic behaviour, bad smells and/or attitude. And I have but, more often than not with the benefit of hindsight, I only wish that I had.

When I think of Canada I think:

Fresh air, light and a place where I can return to should this music thing not work out.

What is your vital daily ritual?

Coffee. And my kitchen conga jam.

How do you spoil yourself?

Congas and vinyl collecting.

What was your most memorable day job?

Caretaker of a large reptile collection. Really.

If I wasn't playing music I would be:

Living in a driftwood shack, growing organic carrots and surfing.

What is your greatest fear?

Planes and mega tsunamis.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

To be invincible.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?

Smell. Music is the gettin' it on killer for me because I start to pay too much attention to the tunes and not to the bootay.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?

No difference as both can be banal and highly overrated, with occasional flashes of inspiration.

Strangest brush with celebrity:

I once met Mr P-Funk himself, George Clinton, at Canada's Wonderland amusement park of all places. He referred to me as a junior "Funkateer" and played me tracks on his Walkman from the freshly made R&B Skeletons in the Closet, I think it was, all the while handing out ten notes to his kids for rides and sundries. It was a "mind blow" moment.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?

Someone who didn't exhibit excessively chaotic behaviour, emit bad smells and/or attitude. On the menu would be any number of fast and easy to prepare non-animal items, unless that would be a cultural faux pas of course.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?

She doesn't!

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