bud.com Interview: Moi of Tomorrow's Bad Seeds

Moi of Tomorrow's Bad Seeds talks cannabis, music, and life with bud.com 

Tomorrow's Bad Seeds is an LA reggae-rock & fusion band founded by Moises "Moi" Juarez, and Mathew "Mets" McEwan in Hermosa Beach, California. As teens growing up in the South Bay of Los Angeles in the 1990s around a graffiti crew called "TBS," they named their band Tomorrow's Bad Seeds to stay true to their roots of reggae, punk rock, art, skateboarding, surfing, and the underground.  Since their formation in 2004, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds have performed all over the world, taking part in massive nationwide music festivals, and have received a hefty listenership in the contemporary market. Moi stopped by bud.com yesterday to catch up and chat cannabis, music, the band, and the future with us.

Photo by Hector Gutierrez 2019

bud.com: Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds has been a mainstay in the California reggae market for going on two decades, what’s your earliest memory of reggae music?

Moi: That’s an easy one, my earliest memory of reggae music was my uncle Mike. Mike Quinn, playing Earth Crisis…Steel Pulse, on a tape player, when I was maybe… 11 years old? And then he gave it to me later on in life when was 13, 14. But, Steel Pulse, that whole album Wild Goose Chase and that whole record was my first- my favorite track on that record is Wild Goose Chase. And then getting to play with them at the Vault 350 in Long Beach back in the day was frickin’ amazing dude, hahaha. That was definitely something. But yeah, Steel Pulse was definitely the first reggae band I ever heard.

bud.com: When was the first time you ever smoked cannabis?

Moi: hahaha… First time I ever smoked cannabis was when I was 12 with my little sister who was 11. I pulled up, we lived in Redondo Beach on Graham, and it was a triplex type thing, and we lived in the back, and I pulled up from playing hockey, I used to play street hockey all the time, I used to love hockey. And I came up, and I was like, who’s that?! And I smelled it, and I was tripped out— I mean, I had seen it when I was younger because of my dad and stuff but I had never ever tried it. And I pulled up onto the balcony, and my sister was sitting there with her friend Cheryl Mantz, and they were smoking out of a foil pipe, and she handed it to me. At first I was like, “oooh, I’m gonna tell mom.” Then she was like, “Try it.” And I tried it, and that was it. I was hooked for life. hahaha. Pretty much.

bud.com: How do cannabis and your band’s music intertwine? Or do they?

Moi: They definitely do, there’s definitely a sub-culture, that I love to be a part of it. Weed songs are awesome and they’re fun, and so cliché at the time, but ya know. It’s cool, I love it, but it’s not everything to us for sure, ya know?  We wanted to be a little more political in the beginning beginning, and we go through phases ya know? And love is a good big part that we all share. So we write about unity, and love, and stuff, but we don’t really look at it like anything gears us, it’s just whatever forms an idea, especially now, now that it’s so much harder for us to get together since we’ve got kids and stuff. So it’s like, just the, formulation of the idea, we just try to run with it, ya know?

Photo by Kevin Lieberman 2017

bud.com: What is the biggest cannabis event Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds has performed at?

Moi: We’ve played One Love Cali Reggae Fest in Long Beach, California Roots in Monterey, and also that other one back in the day at the same spot, Shoreline Jam. The Queen Mary Event Park, that Long Beach spot is sick.

bud.com: Do you or your band mates ever have weed delivered?

Moi: Yeah, definitely. I’ve definitely tried a couple of different delivery services. But, haha, we’ve all had the weed man show up before and give us our medicine, ya know?

bud.com: Any plans for your band to start your own cannabis brand?

Moi: It’s always been a thought, it’s always been an idea that would be awesome. But, to do it the right way, and the real way, it would be so tedious, and real. You have to have a farm that would be really dedicated to it. Anyone can stamp their name on a flavor and try to make it be something. But, I’d like to splice something cool together, something high in THC, some CBD in there too, but a lot comes with that. Obviously if you were to sign with some company  then they might be able to facilitate something like that for you, but would it be something that we actually want to push like that? It’s hard to make a good strain in my opinion, that’s like the real gold rush, you can have good weed, and sell weed, and have great branding which is a huge part of it all. But if you can create your own strain, that’s a really badass strain, then it’s like, you hit gold, ya know? I gotta plug in Top Shelf Cultivations because if you’ve ever heard of them, they’ve got a strain called the Whoa-Si-Whoa. It’s the Dosi-Do mixed with the White, it’s fuckin… so strong and so good and so tasty. It’s like 90 bucks an 8th.

bud.com What have you done to keep busy during the pandemic and lockdowns since March 2020?

Moi: Hang out with my kids, wrote pretty much a whole new Bad Seeds record, and a whole new solo type of alter ego project I would say. I wouldn’t say I’m ever going to record these songs, haha. Like hip-hop, reggae, blues. A little more late 80s early 90s music. It’s pretty cool. A little like Pharcyde with maybe some Bruno Mars type of singing, because I can kind of get like that. That was produced by DENM, and now I have finished the vocals and the rest of the tracks at Pepper’s studio, and I’m going through that right now. I have a live record too, that we worked on that we haven’t released yet that we’re fine tuning, and then hopefully to release a new Bad Seeds record. DENM produced maybe 4 or 5 of the songs, and the rest of the album is produced by us.

Photo by Amanda Graziano 2021

bud.com: Which do you prefer? Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, and why?

Moi: I like ‘em all. I like them all because I because use them for different things. But I can handle a heavy Indica all day and it won’t really mess with me too much, unless it’s something like the Whoa-Si-Whoa  that I was talking about, like a good strong OG, then I really kinda might not wanna be doing anything. But, I love sativas in the morning or salivas when I’m really getting things going. And hybrids for me, they’re kinda like, whatever. They work sometimes, but really, for me it does affect me like that anymore because I dab a little bit too. I smoke rosin, and not really BHO anymore, good full-melt 6-star hash, rosin, cold press, like expensive stuff. But, I don’t do it often either, I take one or two dabs a day, maybe one late at night when I’m about to go to bed, never in the morning because it kind of ruins my day for real. I could smoke a sativa joint, but like I said, weed now doesn’t hit me like it used to, for sure.

bud.com: Any releases, festivals, or events you want your fans & readers of bud.com to be aware of?

Moi: We’re playing BeachLife Festival, Dry Diggings Festival in Placerville, California coming up. That’s about it, and we’re trying to release a couple of singles first, before we release a full-length or something. Because, you know how works nowadays, every release is kinda like a single. We’re just trying to get shit together, put some quality stuff out next, with visuals too, like a video with every song. It’s almost done.

bud.com: Anything else you’d like to say to the readers?

Moi: Yeah, I was pretty stoned during this interview. Because PapaJake had a really bomb ass joint of some bomb ass cereal milk. I’m a little foggy right now, but I think that’s everything, hahaha.

Article & Interview - June 9, 2021 by Reid Clow for bud.com


bud.com Artist Interview: Kyle Smith

            This week, our bud.com artist spotlight is something everyone can enjoy. Coming up quickly out of Ventura, California, reggae-rock, ska-punk, hip-hop musician Kyle Smith has been rocking backyards and private events across America for the last fifteen months. Before the pandemic, you could find him playing local gigs during the week around Southern California, flying out of town every weekend, while managing a day job and a personal life. Not much has changed, he has just had to shift his creativity in venue choice. For those who know him, it goes without saying, and for those who don't, Kyle Smith has a hell of a story to tell. With going on eight years of sobriety from everything under his belt, and a myriad of experience helping other addicts get clean, we've had some fans ask us, "Why would a weed website be interviewing a sober musician?" Well, because we personally know many people in the cannabis community who listen to Kyle and love his music. We hope you enjoy the interview below as much as we enjoyed putting it together. - bud.com

 

bud.com: So, your fans are wondering how you balance work, work, work, and work? Do you ever get the chance to rest?

Kyle Smith: I used to take my Sundays seriously, now the only rest I get is between midnight and 5AM every damn day. Either that, or it’s a red-eye flight from here to New York balls out landing at 7AM, turning around the next night to get back to LA on Sunday morning. I guess I set aside at least 1 or 2 days a month. Life is urgent, and I get to where I want to be fast. The more shit I eat now, the more comfortable I’ll be later.

bud.com: What are the best part and the worst part of being an organic, grassroots music artist?

Kyle Smith: The best parts are where people pull me aside after a show and I get to hug them, and they get to tell me about how my lyrics or a song I wrote impacted them, or someone they know, in recovery, or how something I wrote impacted them. That’s one of the most important things to me, and that’s what makes all the hard work and every gig worth it. Lifelong fans, people who go hard for you, and stay in your corner, and know that you’re not perfect, and will always have your back anyway. I’ve been able to build a family with people I’ve met from all over the country, and I’ll take that over some poppy, flashy bullshit any day.

The downside to being grassroots is nothing comes easy. There’s a lot of investment made that takes a long time to pay off.  I don’t have the millions of plays and views that people backed by labels do. If I drop a song, it’s up to me to make sure it gets into every person’s ears, and it’s not immediately dropped into the top 50 reggae songs, like some labels can do.

bud.com: You play a lot of reggae music mixed with other genres such as punk rock, ska, hip-hop, dancehall, and more. How do all of these types of music intertwine with the cannabis community?

Kyle Smith: We like rebel music, and I think there’s all different kinds of rebel music. I know that growing up as a huge weed smoker,  even before around 2012, smoking weed was looked down upon. I think that a lot of punk rock and reggae, and rebel music, is a big middle finger to the system, and I think that’s what I’ve always been about since I was a kid. Some shit just sounds better when you’re fuckin’ stoned. Weed always made me smile and so do punk rock and reggae. That’s how I associate the two.

bud.com As a recovering addict and fully sober individual, do you see a societal benefit for cannabis in a medicinal and recreational way?

1000% both, no doubt about it, will always believe in my heart until the day that I die.

bud.com What are your views on how the music industry has changed during a 15-month long global quarantine at the time of this interview?

Kyle Smith: I think some of us have become disturbingly comfortable with the lack of live music. I think we have become somewhat conditioned to live music not being a thing over the last year, and it’s really scary. And I think we need to get it back immediately before people get used to this. I think people appreciate and are willing to drive further than ever to go to any live music event right now. I know a lot of artists and bands have spent this whole time recording, and I think there’s going to be a massive slingshot when things fully open in January of 2022. I think for everybody that has been putting in work this whole time, or for everybody who ground through the pandemic, is about to blow up next January.

bud.com: What record have you purchased the most ever?

Kyle Smith: 40 oz To Freedom by Sublime. It’s a tie between 40 oz to Freedom & Everything You Need by Slightly Stoopid, for sure. I probably have 11 copies of 40 oz to Freedom.

bud.com: What is your dream guitar to own?

Kyle Smith: I grew up listening to shitty punk rock and I don’t really care what type of guitar it is, but I would like another 12-string acoustic Martin. Though, I do love Ibanez, they’re my number one electric and bass guitars for sure.

bud.com: When can fans expect to see your new album out?

Kyle Smith: August 2021.

bud.com: Anything else you’d like to say to your fans or the readers of bud.com?

Kyle Smith: Big shoutout to bud.com for having me on your interview, I would love everybody to know that although I am 100% clean and sober from everything, I always have and always will support the cannabis industry and community. Come find me on instagram @KyleSmithJams or Facebook.com/KyleSmithJam

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