Scott Anderton, of Moss City Groove, is an awesome bass player, and all around great guy. Whether it be with his family, having a Sweetwater 420 at Flashback or the Jukebox, or performing with other artists around town, Scott loves to have a good time! Here, he talks about how he learned music, how his band was formed, his thoughts on parenting, and much more.
1. What are some of your earliest musical memories?
My earliest memory is was when I first started taking lessons at seven. I hated it, although I completely respect it now. I took lessons from this guy, Nate Del Vecchio I believe his name was. He had a studio above a hair salon or something. The guy was old as dirt, at least to a seven year old kid anyway. In hind sight he was teaching me correctly; how to read music, time signatures, theory, stuff like that. I played stuff that every kid does. Stuff like “Windmills of The Mind”, ‘The Sound of Silence”, The theme to Thomas Crown Affair; stuff like that. I had to tap my foot on the beat, he had a little pointer that he would keep pointing at the music to keep my place, etc. I absolutely hated it. I think I took lessons from him for like 3 to 4 years, who knows? It wasn’t really exciting for me at that point.
2. Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Wow, that list is huge. I mean, I dig all kinds of music so my influences are kinda all over the place. Growing up as a kid, playing guitar, I was really big into Randy Rhoads, Mathias Jabs from the Scorpions, every guitarist that ever played with Phil Lynott in Thin Lizzy, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden, of course Hendrix, Pete Townsend, I really dig Steve Howe from Yes, and Alex Lifeson from Rush. When I started getting into a little more jazzier and eclectic stuff I liked to listen to Pat Methaney, Robert Fripp, and Earl Klugh. Bassist, man that’s a whole different list. I really dig Steve Harris from Iron Maiden, Bootsy is on my list, Louis Johnson, Stanley Clark, Stefan Lessard, Chris Squire, of course Jaco, Sting, Flea, Peanut, Marcus Miller. Really I have so much respect and admiration for so many it’s hard to narrow down my biggest influences.
3. How did link up with Moss City Groove?
I actually put the band together back in 2015. I kinda wanted to do something a little different. My original idea was to kinda add some disco and B side music that nobody was playing and some overall happy feel good stuff, you know try to add a little butt shaking, booty wiggle music to the scene, with a little bit of baby making music. I shared the idea with a couple of other musicians, we had a few rehearsals and then rolled with it.
4. What are some of your favorite venues in the Savannah area?
All of them are great. I think the venues that support live music do a pretty good job. I personally spend my time that I am not playing either at Flashback or the Jukebox in Richmond Hill, and if I’m downtown I’m usually at the Barrel House. But I have to say I try to stop by and see the other musicians playing at every location in town whether it’s the Warehouse, Molly MacPherson’s, The Bayou, Wild Wings, Fia Rua, wherever, and I always enjoy myself and get an opportunity to check out a good band.
5. What were some of your favorite performances ever in Savannah?
I don’t really have a particular favorite performance. I love to play music, so any time I get to play or hear music I’m on cloud 9. It’s a natural high for me. I can say the most memorable performances are always the ones that make me laugh. I think of Magic Mike at Bootleggers in Pooler the dude was having the time of his life just dancing the night away; Going Down at Gata’s in Hinesville, the girl hitting the floor after being thrown in the air while dancing to the song couldn’t have been timed more perfect; and the entertaining pole dancing show we were witness to most recently at Totally Awesome Bar. As funny as those moments are, those are the moments when I know everybody is really having a good time, and that’s really what we are here for.
6. Who do you root for when Army is playing Air Force?
I don’t. I served in both so I hope for a tie, haha!
7. What are you most proud of in your personal life or musical career?
In my personal life, I’m most proud of raising productive and independent kids that are out doing their thing and living a good life. As a parent you try hard every day and hope that you are doing it right. There is no instruction manual or lesson that can prepare you for everything that’s gonna happen as a parent, so you’re playing the guessing game every day and doing your best to set the example and guide and teach them. You get to see the result when they grow up and are able to make it on their own and contribute something back to society. That, hands down, is what I am most proud of. So I guess you could say I’m most proud of my kids. Musically, I never thought about that, I guess it would be just being part of the music scene and getting to jam and sit in with so many fantastic musicians. There are a lot of guys that I respect, so when I get a chance to jam with them or sit in, it feels really cool. I feel like I’ve gained a mutual respect, you know? I mean everyone puts in a lot of work to improve their craft, so getting asked to sit in or getting an opportunity to play with guys who have been on the scene for years or who have toured or are touring, are true trained musicians and multi-instrumentalist validates the practice hours and work at improving that I do.
8. Your thoughts on the current state of the Savannah music scene?
You know, I hear guys complain about it and I hear some negativity out there. Personally, I’m pretty satisfied with it. I mean there are plenty of venues to keep everyone busy, if they want to be. There are enough musicians around that there is always somebody to jam with. I mean, I would love to see some bigger acts come to the area more often. I would love to see some of the talented musicians and bands in the area get a little more notoriety. I would love to see Savannah grow, musically, to be more known as a place where visitors and tourist come specifically for good live entertainment. I think it’s a pretty decent scene though. Guys like yourself help that a lot.