Venue and studio owner reflects on local music scene
Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 00:09
Tim Moes has watched the independent music scene in Cache Valley change a lot in the last five years. He said with the rise and fall of genres and subgenres, local music takes on a life of its own, growing and shrinking with the changes.
“The music scene here never stops evolving,” said Moes, owner and chief sound engineer of WhySound Studios in Logan.
On Sept. 4, Moes and WhySound will hold the first concert of the 2013-14 USU school year to feature local musicians. Performers booked for that night include Phavian, Tr3ason and Deicidal Carnage — all metal bands from Cache Valley.
Musical shifts have been observed through the eyes of a transplant to the valley — a transplant who once had severe doubts about the decisions that brought him here in 2008.
“I had been living in Queens for eight years, in Brooklyn for four prior to that,” Moes said. “I thought my life was over when I got to Utah the first time. This place was nothing like New York.”
Before relocating to Utah, Moes said he met, heard and worked with some of the best independent musicians in the Northeast while working at New York’s Astoria Soundworks. He didn’t know what to expect from the Utah music scene, but he was certain it wouldn’t be very diverse.
Still, Moes wanted to fit himself into the music community. Soon after arriving in the valley he met Robert Linton, current talent scout and doorman at WhySound. The two decided a small-scale venue and quality recording studio could do well in Cache Valley.
“When I met Tim, learning about his background in the music industry and his desire to get music recognized locally really made me get behind his idea for a venue,” Linton said. “Logan hadn’t really had a reliable place where local acts could play for a few years.”
The venue portion of WhySound opened in April of 2008. Linton said it received a positive response from local bands and artists right away.
“We were getting calls and emails from all sorts of bands in all sorts of genres,” Linton said. “But anyone who spent any time with Tim could see that he was figuring out a next step.”