Formed in mid 2006 by then-nineteen-year-old writer-artist-producer-wunderkind Seth Moseley, Me In Motion had by 2008 already grabbed the attention of GMA producer-of-the-year Ian Eskelin, signed a development deal, and begun the regular commute from Ohio to Nashville to write and record a full length project. When Centricity bought the masters and signed the band in 2009, Seth’s production skills had already so rapidly matured that he was the obvious choice to produce the remaining handful of songs for the record. Or, as Eskelin remarked when he heard the new batch of hooky, brit-rock influenced demos: “Dang. Those guys don’t need me anymore.”
Seth said, “I was enamored with music and concerts from a pretty young age, started learning guitar when I was twelve, and played on stage for the first time at fifteen. I started a little recording studio in my parents’ basement and all through high school I was producing and writing for my friends’ bands, as well as leading worship for youth services at my church.”
After high school, Moseley planned to pursue a music degree in Nashville. In fact, he had already completed a week of freshman orientation when he got a call offering him a full-time studio production job in Ohio. After some intense soul-searching, Seth packed up, left Nashville and took the production gig. It was while working there that he met bassist Tim Wilson and drummer Brian Dexter who would eventually form the remaining two-thirds of Me In Motion.
“Working long days there,” Seth explained, “made me realize pretty quick that there was something deep down inside pushing me toward being an artist. I had so many songs in my head screaming to be heard. I didn’t care if it was ever a big commercial success or not. I just knew I couldn’t spend the next twenty years sitting in a recording studio. Enter Me In Motion. We formed the band, hit the road, and haven’t look back since.”
The fledgling band toured almost full-time, winning-over hundreds of audiences with their loud, sweaty, no-holds-barred rock n’ roll stage show, their passionate blend of raw pop and worship, and their almost insane level of interaction with fans.
“From the very beginning,” Seth explained, “Tim and Brian and I wanted Me In Motion to be remembered by fans as the band that was always available and accessible. That’s why we hang out at the merch table before and after our shows, just to connect with the kids who come out to see us. And it really has a big impact on people when you take that time with them, instead of just getting up on stage, playing your set, and splitting. It really matters to kids, and a lot of them leave messages on our facebook page afterwards to let us know.”
Even as they were grinding out show after show and connecting with fans those first couple of years, the band was also honing their chops and defining their sound, ultimately staking their claim in that corner of the musical landscape that includes influences like Jet, Foo Fighters, Switchfoot, Oasis, The Killers, Weezer, The Bravery, and the Beatles.
“I don’t think there’s a much better education than what you get being on the road,” Seth says. “A few years of being a traveling band sleeping on couches and floors and hearing so many different life stories has an effect on you. It all figures into what we sound like and write about now. Musically, we’ve landed in a place that’s a lot more straight up rock n’ roll than we would have done before. But that’s because we’ve discovered it’s what we love to play live, and we’ve embraced the ‘less is more’ philosophy in a musical sense, just stripping it back, and rocking out.”
The name “Me In Motion” was inspired by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s quote: “Everybody thinks about changing the world, but nobody thinks about changing himself.” The idea of seeing oneself as a work in progress, of seeing the sanctification process as a joint venture between the Spirit of God and a human heart, emerged early on as one of the band’s central tenets.
“I always find myself going back to the theme of wanting to make a difference,” Seth explained, “to live out our faith, even when it might be the hardest thing in the world to do. My heart for myself and the band and the kids and families that hear Me In Motion’s music is that all of us will be inspired to break out of these little bubbles that we so often find ourselves retreating into, and to show everybody a little bit of Jesus’ love every day. It’s a bit of a scary thought because I personally like to have a 10-step guide for what to do and how to do it, rather than just a basic rule that says 'Alright, get out there and love God and people as much as you can!' But isn’t that what faith is for at the end of the day? Living a true life of love, I’ve found, is never the easy life. But it’s the real life. It’s the only life that fulfills who we’re meant to be.”
Great Worship| Posted May 04, 2010
My fiance and i had the chance to witness their worship at a concert. They have a rock type background with a worshipful heart. I was very impressed to see how much enthusiasm they had during their concert.
New, but good| Posted April 30, 2010
I've never heard of them before now, but I watched the music video for 'Losers' and really liked it. I'm looking forward to hearing more of what this band puts out.