Biography

Oxford-based artist Moogieman specialises in psychedelic geek-core pop and performs live with his backing band, The Masochists, consisting of Vincent Lynch on bass, Claire LeMaster on synths/samplers/drum machine, Stefano Maio on stand-up drums/percussion/guitar, and Clare Heaviside on saxophone.

Moogieman And The Masochists at the Wheatsheaf, Oxford

The Moogieman project started in 2010 with a childhood nickname that was rarely used, and a desire to play Moog synthesisers without the corresponding means.

Armed with just a guitar, Moogieman drew on a range of influences from miserable 80s post-punk bands to 40s films and attempted to meld his mediocre instrumental ability with considered lyrics to produce something he hoped would be moderately entertaining, at least in small doses.

Moogieman joined Oxfordshire/Berkshire label All Will Be Well Records at the start of 2016 and played Nightshift magazine’s Oxford Punt and Oxjam later that year.

In 2017 he has played an acoustic slot at Common People festival in Oxford and has just released his debut album, Girls And Film to local critical acclaim:

Any release or show from Oxford auteur Moogieman is going to be a little unexpected, no matter what you were expecting.

It is the sign of a good, healthy and artistically nourishing music scene that an artist like Moogieman can not only be birthed but can flourish, a counterpoint to the proliferation of mediocre, middle of the ground blandness. So put away your generically sterile music, pick up a copy of this and enjoy the creativity.

The Ocelot, June 2017

It’s a release that wears its charm, its tunes and its inventiveness on its sleeve, a double dozen of songs that recall Blur, The Kinks and even early Pink Floyd in its particular English whimsy.

An LP with many highlights … that has real drive to it, while the instrumentation is often brilliant.

The one quibble is its length … there are almost two albums of good music here.

Nightshift magazine, July 2017

The entire 19th century should weep at his heels. Instagram should salute every way in which he is digitally crap. But these are songs that can burst your heart into a thousand sentimental pieces.

Oxfordshire Music Scene, Summer 2017

Girls and Film does not gently build, it slaps you in the face with heart and a (very) intellligent soul … Are there many bands that can release a debut album of 24 tracks and make it work? I doubt it. Moogieman, however, has done just that.

Ian Mitchell, All Will Be Well Records

Other things about Moogieman and the Masochists …

‘A little explosion of fuzzy geek pop oddness.’

Dave Gilyeat, BBC Introducing

There’s an inspired wit underpinning Moogieman’s songs … it’s all delivered in a deadpan voice, floating on a wonky sea of folk-pop and feels as if it could fall apart at any moment. Somehow it’s glorious.

Nightshift