The Soft Moon on Live Performance: "It's a Living Thing"
Photo by Dennis Shoenberg
Listening to Luis Vasquez's three dark industrial albums as the Soft Moon, you would think he always lived in Berlin. But he originally hails from sunny Southern California. "I was born in L.A., where I watched MTV every morning. It was mostly glam rock like Poison, Mötley Crüe, Cinderella, and Warrant. I was obsessed by the guitar when I saw Slash from Guns N' Roses."
His obsession led paid off and after years of playing guitar, Vasquez started familiarizing himself with Krautrock like Can and Neu!
Though his methods might sound isolating, Vasquez says the Soft Moon has helped him feel less alone. "After the first two
Being around those like-minded people is what brought him out of Oakland and to Berlin. "I go where my music takes me and my strongest audience is in Germany. Berlin's not the prettiest city because of World War Two, but I constantly feel inspired there, which is good for someone who needs to be creative to make money. In
He's considering his current tour, which takes him to Gramps January 16, as a farewell of sorts to Deeper. "I write a record and once I tour it, that chapter is completed. After this
Saturday's show was originally supposed to have the Killing Joke on the bill as well, but last week it was announced the band had to cancel its tour. But there's still plenty of reason to come out tomorrow night.
Vasquez is very excited to bring Soft Moon's live experience to South Florida for the first time ever. His parents are Cuban and lived in Miami before Vasquez was born. He's hoping before the show to get to see family members who still live here. "Miami is like the second home I've never been to."