Autobiography – Corey Moses 1/17/11
My interests in event and concert production began before my days as a Music Business major at Berklee College of Music, ultimately it led to my interest in attending Berklee. Through my years in high school I interned for a Boston based music promoter (Gamelon Productions), and a national festival promoter (Terrapin Presents.) My senior year of high school I was selected to be in a pilot work-study internship program, which I continued with Gamelon Productions. This inspired me to book, produce and promote 2 of my own sold out productions in my high school’s theater featuring nationally touring artists, one of whom being current Royal Family Records recording artist Soulive.
I continued through my years at Berklee promoting, first, open jazz jams at Boston Hostelling International aptly named “Shelter,” located in the heart of the Berklee Campus. The name Shelter emerged from a brainstorm between my partner at the time and myself in reference to a feeling of insecurity immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, also in reference to the Bob Dylan song Shelter From the Storm. Shelter outgrew the Youth Hostel and moved to a 200 capacity venue in downtown Boston where we received profit sharing from bar sales as well as door sales. At this time I was also recruited by Jeff Dorenfeld to become, first, team leader, then co-director of Berklee’s Heavy Rotation Records where my focus was concert production however also brought many artists through the A&R cycle whom eventually made in onto a Heavy Rotation release after going through a group approval process.
After about 2 years of running Shelter as well as other weekly residencies in town I decided to seek out a major promoter to learn the ropes in a corporate production environment. Beginning with various part-time positions with Clear Channel/Don Law Corp including promotions, marketing, door management, production/catering running and working as a stagehand, I learned aspects running the gambit of event production. I discovered the best way to advance was to specialize so I took it unto myself to intern for Clear Channel’s Lighting Directors.
Within a few months of my lighting education, about 30 hours of real lighting experience, I was hired as a Lighting Director (LD) for Clear Channel/Live Nation at the Paradise Rock Club Boston where I remain today as the number 2 “light guy.” A few months after working as a LD at the Paradise I was approached about a Canadian tour with a major Canadian rock band as a substitute. Needless to say I picked up many books, advice, and education prior to this experience and performed to good review on my first national/international lighting experience.
In the last few years I have picked up the position as Lead Lighting Director for the World Trade Center Boston, Amphitheatre, focusing on corporate and private events. I freelance as a lighting hand for various New England based companies. I also get called by various companies to be L1 (lead Lighting Designer/Director) including recently having designed, programmed and directed lighting for an annual conference with key-note speakers including former Vice-President Dick Cheney and Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker.
Along the way I have also encouraged other artists careers, first as personal and Business Manager for 2 years of Boston based hip-hop group Project Move. Project Move opened for many artists with my support including Digable Planets, Dilated Peoples, and Crazylegs (Rocksteady Crew.) I also successfully secured Project Move multiple performances at Toronto's NXNE 2006 with a feature on MTV Canada. After parting with Project Move I explored even more deeply the Boston music scene and used my resources to executive produce the local Boston hardcore rap crew Evil Dead with their first LP "Evil Dead - Greatest Hitz...Ever." Following Evil Dead I assisted in a number of other recording projects. While frequenting local music nights around town I discovered the avant-garde Rock group The Rex Complex and decided to assist in the creation of their first, self-titled EP. I hired a studio, engineer, and guided them through their first recording experience.