by Netera Landar
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A musician before he even realized it, Dexter Moore has been singing since he was three. Originally from Manchester, England, Dexter performed in venues and television in the U.K. when he was only five years old. He danced on National TV by the time he was a teenager. His songs were listed on the Pop Chart when he was 17. Through his school years, he enjoyed acting, dancing and music.
“I left school to be a dancer on a weekly Pop TV show,” he told me. “Then I formed my first band and had three songs on the chart. Later, I got a major record deal in London, but I walked away. I sold everything I had or gave away apart from a guitar and some clothes and hit the road.” For two years, he traveled throughout Europe, journeying to find himself and his music. He slept “rough” or with people who took him in their homes. Dexter admits it was an amazing experience and he was glad he made the decision, for it forged his integrity as an artist.
“It wasn’t difficult—but it was dangerous,” he confessed. “I was inspired. I met a road angel who taught me how to travel and survive. That’s when I really started writing.”
Dexter returned to the UK for a British tour as lead guitarist in the support band for AC/DC. He trained as a sound engineer/producer in the state-of-the-art studios in the 80’s. He’s recorded seven CDs of his original songs and received numerous awards in the field since 1960. He has worked with all genres of artists,such as Dizzy Gillespie, Midnight Oil, Crowded House, James Morrison and numerous Aussie musicians.
Whether something intuitively told him to slow down, he backed away from a major recording contract in London and headed to Europe for a few years. There, his skill as a musician evolved free of the major music industry demands.
Through meditation and martial arts practice, he was inspired to write songs and to develop an innovative guitar style he refers to as “Riki Tik.” He relocated to Australia, where he has been awarded professional recognitions.
Today, in real life, as an award-winning songwriter, performer, music producer and sound engineer, Dexter appears frequently in top-level venues in and around the Sydney area.
As an SL artist, he’s part of a global community where the vibe of people and interaction is unique. He feels SL is a wonderful way to share art as a performer and is grateful that his brother suggested he come here. He performs at numerous venues and was proud of his futuristic sim, The Biodome Outpost, based on his science fiction writings about the cosmic adventures of his alter ego, Dexter Morph.
Dexter presents a show based on Live Guitar and vocal that features mainly original material, but also showcases adaptations of an array of covers and classics. Beyond this, he augments with self-created instrumental backing tracks, taken from his CDs. Listeners receive the “fully blown” version of the song rather than the basic acoustic version—but Dexter will keep you guessing, changing between the two.
He enjoys Noma Falta and Voodoo Shilton and recently had a gig with Mankind Tracer. There are many more SL artists that he respects for their artistic contributions.
“A multi-award winning singer/songwriter recording artist/producer Dexter Moore is a dynamic and engaging artist presenting skillfully crafted lyrics and melodies with a truly soulful voice. His distinct and innovative guitar style fuses Soul, Funk, Jazz, Latin and RnB together in a wild percussive acoustic groove.” —London Times
High above Key West in a futuristic venue, I spoke with Dexter during an Amforte Clarity set. The place was buzzing with Amforte fans, and Dexter was up next.
Asked what music means to him, he replied, “Music is a beautiful force. It is transformational. It has far more value than the spreadsheets the industry looks for. Music is a tonic for the soul, both to make and engage in listening. It unites people.” As a song writer, lyrics always come first to him, although he admits to sometimes working from a groove.
“I may even find a progression of chords that I write words to and reshape the chords to,” he said. “I don’t sweat it—if there is nothing coming, I get busy doing something else and eventually it comes around and I go with it.” Inspiration hits him when he’s falling asleep or at 3 a.m.
For more information, log on to: his website http://www.dexonyx.com.