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The Black Moods Interview with Josh Kennedy By Nina McCarthy

The Black Moods

Interview with Josh Kennedy

By Nina McCarthy

Boston Rock Radio


Born in the Arizona desert and reared on stages across North America, the band delivers a modern update of a timeless sound, breathing fresh life into a familiar mix of electric guitars, anthemic hooks, and percussive stomp. The Black Moods' three members, frontman/guitarist Josh Kennedy, drummer Daniel “Chico” Diaz, and bassist Jordan Hoffman, are busy with  new management, touring, and providing us with some great new rock n roll. Thank you to frontman, Josh Kennedy for answering some questions for Boston Rock Radio.



With a name like The Black Moods, you would think your music would be depressing, but in reality it’s very lively ageless rock n roll, which is exactly what I love. Give me 5 adjectives that you think describe your music.

Powerful, Emotional, Sexual, Dynamic, Broad.​


You guys have been building your audience the old school way, by touring. What would you say are the pros and cons of this method?

The pros and cons kind of even each other out.​ The pros are reaching a new audience and getting your name out there. Getting to travel and play your songs for new faces and friends that we’ve made. Getting to see crazy things and having your best friends there to hit on the shoulder and say “Did you see that?!?”

The cons are the lack of sleep, endless nights and being away from the people you love. Since we’ve graduated to the bus the overnight drives and days off (if we have them) have become a lot easier. Honestly though, for us the only con is missing your family and missing the studio. All the other stuff we all kind of like.​


The song “Bella Donna” (Summer 2018) was the one that put you on the Top 40 Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.  What do you think it was about that song that resonated with the audience?

It’s a rock song. No gimmicks or crazy overdubs. It’s 3 guys recording in a garage.... it’s honest. No crazy overdone production..... Not much of that these days, ya know?


Exactly! Tell me all about the Bella Donna wine and why did you choose this name for it?

The Bella Donna wine came from a friend of ours bringing it to our attention as something we could do. There are lots of bands lending their name to a variety of whiskeys and wines and all that. We didn't want it to be that. We got involved in every aspect and are very proud of it. It’s a red blend with a company called SuVino out of Scottsdale AZ.​ The name seemed appropriate since it was our first top 40 hit..... and the logo looks sexy on the bottle. ​


In January of this year, the band signed with FM Music Management. How has it been working with them?

Everyone at the company has been great. It’s been nice having them answer the phone (or email us back) when we call...... that’s new to us.​


That's definitely a great start! Besides “Bella Donna” you have released 2 more singles off your upcoming album. Do you have a targeted release date for the album?

We are hoping to release it by April 2020, but I feel like I jinx it when I say a specific date....so let’s say “Spring”. 😊


Can you tell me a little about these singles and the inspiration behind them (whether it be the music or the lyrics)?

“Bad News” - came quick. Our producer Johnny K- came into town and we played through some of the songs we wanted to make the record. He immediately, in true producer form, started ripping into them.... so, we sent him back to his hotel to get some rest and said we will have something when he comes in tomorrow when we are all rested up. He left, we looked at each other and said, “Oh shit, what are we gonna do?” We just started jamming and here came this song in about an hour or 2. Johnny came in the next day and we finished the lyrics. It was inspiring.

“Whatcha Got” - We were wanting to write something with “4 on the floor”, ya know,- a dance beat. Something to get asses shaking. We were on tour and driving through Chicago so we stopped by Johnnys studio. He had the riff and the idea of the song. The story behind it was hilarious, which is pretty much an ex GF of his showed up in the middle of the night looking for a fight amongst other things...We took the story and wrote the lyrics. It’s pretty “tongue in cheek”. Just a fun song.​


I was watching a reality show last night and one of the cast members said “You only go to Arizona to cook meth or die in the desert.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard some damn good rock n roll out of Arizona. How do you feel about this statement?

I don’t even know where to begin with that statement. We’ve been to almost every state in the U.S. and everyone has their issues with that terrible drug, or something else. I’ve seen a lot worse than Arizona. I’m originally from the Ozarks and I’ve seen it ruin a lot of lives there too. That kind of thing is everywhere. The state of Arizona is beautiful and our home.​ We always look forward to being there whenever tour is over. I would suggest to whomever said that to quit cooking meth in Arizona.​ 


The Black Moods have come a long way since the 2012 self-titled album. Do you have any advice for up and coming artists to share from your experiences over the last several years?

My advice is to never stop. You can’t win if you quit. You also need to surround yourself with people that have the same vision and believe in you and what you are doing. We have seen both sides and it can be stifling and discouraging if you are working with people out to make a quick buck.


Besides the upcoming album, what can we look forward to in the future?

More touring and more albums. Creation and growth is where it’s at.​


Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions on behalf of Boston Rock Radio. I hope to catch you next time you tour through New England!

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk. Hope to see you soon!


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