We had the good fortune of connecting with Moses Sun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Moses, why did you pursue a creative career?
I ultimately chose this path because I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything other than what I’m currently doing right now, which is writing and playing music professionally. It lets me be in charge of my own schedule, while being able to meet wonderful people to work with (both old and new). Even when the pandemic hit, I had my home studio finished just in time for me to continue doing what I do on a remote basis.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I play guitar, co-write songs with other songwriters, arrange & produce tracks, and write for choirs/orchestras for live performances. I was fortunate enough to have worked on many projects that I am fond of, which some of them include SeaWorld San Antonio’s Jet ski show, helping prepare scores for Luke Cage, VeggieTales, Kingsman 2, etc. I’ve taken on choral/orchestral commissions from performing groups like Angeles Chorale, Glenkirk Church, and my alma master Azusa Pacific University, to name a few. I also started branching out by writing and arranging for k-pop artists in my home country as well, such as Hareem and Solji for teen suicide prevention campaigns. However, the most recent project I’ve gotten into is quite personal for me. About 2 years ago, I started getting panic attacks on a semi-regular basis from shortness of breath. It turned out to be stomach hernia and extreme acid reflux that was causing it, but it worsened my quality of life since I had trouble sleeping due to these anxieties. My wife suggested that I start writing music for my own mental health’s sake, and I realized after research that these anxiety attacks are quite common for people. So what started out as a project for my own healing and recovery ended up ballooning into a year-long project in which I release a track on the 1st of every month, starting in January of this year. As of now, I plan to do this as long as I can for people to find peace in their lives through my music.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents, who were pastors in a small church, so I grew up having to consistently play for services at a moment’s notice. I hated always being on call, but realized much later that this was the ear training I needed to survive working as a musician in Southern California. I also wouldn’t be here without my high school music teacher, Mrs. Aisenbrey, who accepted my challenge in performing my very first Handbell arrangement for spring performance (if you’re curious…it was my adaptation from The Lord of the Rings soundtrack — plus coke/sprite bottles filled with water for that extra low end register.) I would also like to thank my college professors from Azusa Pacific: Mike Kozubek & Tom Hynes on guitar, Dr. Phil Shackleton on composition and music software, and Dr. Claire Fedoruk for making music history fun to learn. I would also like to thank Eric Shouse, who is a very close friend and have commissioned countless works from me on behalf of Glenkirk Church. I also would not be here without my wife for her emotional support, who is my biggest fan and my sharpest critic at the same time.
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