Out of Focus on the Old Cheers Days: "That Was our Life Back Then"

After that, he kept things rolling, founding Kill Lejune, which morphed into his current band, Hit Play! The band -- consisting of Moore and Raf Solo on guitars, Gaston de la Vega on bass, Rich Robinson on drums and Danny Gonzalez on vocals -- is currently finishing up a 13-song LP and having it mastered at the legendary Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO, under the expert care of punk rock legend Bill Stevenson and ace producer Jason Livermore.

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"We're paying for it, dude," he says. "It ain't cheap, but those guys are honest, they're cool. Lagwagon, NOFX, those bands -- those are the people they trust, and I wouldn't trust anyone else to do my LP. We're not millionaires; we have what we have and it takes six to eight grand to put out an LP and make it sound good, and we're doing things right this time."

Now married with a three-year-old son, Moore works as a restaurant manager by day, splitting his free time between his family, his music and his rejuvenated love for graffiti art, operating under the name Komik28. Hit Play! will be playing Art Basel this year.

"It's always been a passion as far as music and art," he says. "Art right now, it's just taking precedent in my life. It's neat to see it all come full circle, bridging the gap. Now that I'm a father and I can kind of direct my child, I have all these tools that I don't know that I would have had had I not gone down all these roads."

And how about "John from Out of Focus?" Does anyone still call him that?

"I still get that once in a blue, I really do," he laughs. "It's a little embarrassing, but at the end of the day, it's still a good thing. People remember, and I like that. You know the older crowd... I ran into Ed Matus and he was like, 'Hey, it's John from Out of Focus,' and I was like, 'Wow...' At the end of the day, I just have to laugh it up and say, 'I'm Johnny Underpaid now.'"




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