We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony Moss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
When I decided to work full time as an artist, the biggest question for me, like most artists, was whether or not my “work” would sell. Translation: Is my work commercially viable. To that end, most artist, specific to me, recording artists, often make the mistake of choosing commercial viability, or like ability, over authenticity. So the single most important decision I made was to be completely true to myself and make art, in all the media I work with, that is authentic and unique to me. It paid off.
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.
There is an emerging genera of music know as “medicine music” that is keeping pace with rising popularity of ceremonial, psycho-spiritual, and therapeutic use of traditional plant medicines, like ayahuasca, and psychedelics. It’s popularly knows as, “the psychedelic renaissance”. As a visual and recording artist, my work was heavily influenced by, if not born from, my 20+ years working with plant medicines, shamanism, and where they intersect with modern understandings of how people heal. As a result, my work is a synthesis of passions in art, spirituality, and science, with emphasis on the evolution of human consciousness and potential. I had early hesitations about associating my work with what I assumed a lot people would label as “drug use”. But quickly evaporated and I’m now known as an “enthusiastic public advocate for the decriminalization and responsible use of all plant medicines”. All the music and art I create and release now is in the realm of “medicine” music and art. And it is very well received, and successful, globally. Not in the way we measure success of say, pop music. But in a steadily growing base of people who contact me regularly to share their support for, and personal experiences of the roll the music has played, and continues to play, in their spiritual and healing journeys. I owe a lot of that to collaborations with extremely talented musicians and producers who “get” what I’m doing, share it’s intent, and bring their talents and professionalIsm to each project to make sure that it’s not only true to its intent, but, yes, commercially viable. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is an age-old and time tested one: Do what you love and be true to yourself.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?