“Missing Half” is a new song by musical artist Project Moses that was inspired by the tumultuous relationship he had with his now deceased father. The song, and its accompanying music video, are the first releases from his upcoming album entitled “Better Man”. Produced by Zach Adam, each single on the album explores an important relationship that has helped to define the man Project Moses is today.
Project Moses’ father died in a car accident and left many unresolved issues between them. Despite their clashes, the artist misses his father deeply and these feelings are reflected in the single.
Recently Project Moses discussed this single, the forthcoming album, and more via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you discover your love for singing and how did you develop your style?
Project Moses (PM): I discovered my love of music at the age of two, singing on a tape recorder. My mom still has the tape and she loves to listen to it on her Walkman! It’s about six songs of me mumbling Israeli hits. It’s really funny. Then, at the age of 4, my dad got me my own tape recorder and a microphone and I began making up songs and melodies. My style came about by listening to a lot of different artists, since my dad was obsessed with Foreigner, Pink Floyd, and my mom listened to Paul Anka, along with Spanish and Greek music… I enjoyed them all while also listening obsessively to top 40 hits on the radio.
MM: Why do you draw so much inspiration from interpersonal relationships in particular?
PM: I draw from relationships with friends, lovers, family, even enemies… I’d say life itself is my main inspiration. I think most songwriters will tell you that as much as they love to sing about some obscure concept or something they are not necessarily related to, it is more powerful and relatable to tell a real story that sparks happiness, hope, tears or even anger. As long as I move any kind of cell or membrane in the listener’s body, my mission is accomplished.
MM: Was it tough to write about the tense relationship between you and your father, especially after his passing?
PM: Ironically it wasn’t tough to write about my relationship with my father, especially after his passing. It actually felt very cathartic. It was more difficult to hear comments from my family. Some were critical. But the song is simply my journey which I needed to tell at my own time.
MM: What other relationships are explored on your forthcoming album?
PM: My whole album explores relationships between me and family, friends, lovers and exes, and how these relationships turned me into what I became, what I call a “better man.” It’s about learning from your experiences, no matter what they are.
MM: What was it like to shoot the music video for “Missing Half”?
PM: The video shoot for “Missing Half” was very intense. In it, I’m looking around being followed by a ghost of my dad. It leads me to a cemetery where my father is buried with the hat and a scarf that he always wore. As surreal as it was, it made me deal with a lot of demons and emotions that I had felt for many years.
MM: What can audiences expect from your live shows?
PM: In my live shows, I try to bare my soul and self on stage, expressing all emotions, the good and bad. I let it all out without relying on glitz or glamour.
MM: Have you any plans for other music videos?
PM: I’m working on my next music videos from the “Better Man” album now. They will be even darker than “Missing Half,” if that’s possible; a little bit more thought provoking and sex oriented. We have one that deals with drug abuse and its consequences. Just be prepared with a box of tissues.
“Missing Half” is available now on Apple iTunes, Amazon, and all other major music retailers, as well as for streaming through Spotify and Apple Music. Its music video is on YouTube. The “Better Man” album releases Fall 2020. Project Moses can be followed on Instagram @project_moses.