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Mike Moore

Mike Moore is the assistant studio manager at Lil’ Drummaboy Recordings, he is a producer at WURD radio and a full time music artist. The music Moore creates is described as a soulful sound “that paints pictures like a Spike Lee movie soundtrack.” His work has been featured in independent films, radio show introductions and promotions.

Through his position at Lil’ Drummaboy Recordings, Moore teaches others about the art of music production, sharing his knowledge and love of the craft. Samori Coles, the founder of the company, describes Moore as dedicated and talented. “His work ethic and dedication to his craft has definitely set him apart from so many,” said Coles. “And he’s only just begun.”

How did you figure out what your passion is?

I’ve been literally making music for a long time. I noticed my passion for it when I was a freshman in high school. It was then that I made up my mind of becoming a full- time music producer for the rest of my life. I was composing and performing music and received lots of great feedbacks for what I’ve done from everyone I knew. The feedbacks became the motivating factor that made me wanting to pursue everything that revolves around music. Being a fulltime music producer now, I understand that I’ve made the right decision to pursue my passion.

What has been the most rewarding part of your journey so far?

So far, the rewarding part of my journey is the ability to be able to teach others to do what I do. I began teaching officially at Lil’ Drummaboy Recordings early 2018. Before that, I’ve had some small experiences teaching people, but teaching at LDB was the first time I’ve done it more formally and consistently. As I taught people, I realized that despite it being difficult to do honestly, I found joy in giving back the knowledge that I’ve received because as people understood it, I saw them apply it and become satisfied with the results.

What else would you like to accomplish?

My biggest goal is to land placement in commercials, television programs, films, and anywhere else where my production can be heard on a major scale. I’ve had the blessing of having my music used in independent films, radio show intros and promotional videos. I would like to continue to find success in that realm and continue to grow with the hope of being heard everywhere.

What advice would you give to other young people beginning their careers?

One thing I hear a lot from aspiring music producers is that they want to “find their sound.” I don’t believe that’s the way to go about it. You should find your goal. When you find out why you want to make music in the first place, your sound will come to you.

For instance, I began an instrumental EP series called “Good Vibes Only”, and the goal of the series was to spread positive energy through one of the world’s most universal languages, music.

What does being a part of the African Diaspora mean to you?

Growing up, I was always taught the value of carrying myself in the right way and working harder to succeed. As African Americans, we have been psychologically, and even literally, banished to communities designed to keep our people boxed in – whether that’s in the workplace, the artist community, neighborhoods, or the entertainment industry. But those who make it out or make it to the point where they can uplift that community to where they are now, considered the new higher class, are the innovators.

They are the leaders. And it’s all about how they carried themselves and the work they’ve put in. I always try to carry myself in a manner that is admirable and not only work harder but also encourage others to do likewise. Realizing how being innovators affects the stereotypes and stigmas associated with being an African American, it’s safe to say that being a part of the African Diaspora, my purpose in life goes beyond just myself.

Nominated by Kala West