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Ax Facts & Stats with guitarist Malina Moye (photo copyright Marco van Rooijen.)

By Dave B. Roberts. Check out this interview in its entirety featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book due for release SOON, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!

My name is:
Malina Moye.

My current job is:
Recording artist Singer, songwriter, guitarist.

My hometown:
Lorain, Ohio.

My current album or project is:
Rock & Roll Baby.

Former bands:
Les Moye - Ice.

My guitar influences growing up were:
Eric Clapton, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix.

The guitars I use are:
Fender (Custom).

The strings and tunings I use are:
Dean Markley Blue Steel (9 Gauge) standard 440 and E flat tunings.

My current rig setup consists of:
Dunlop Wah pedal original, Boss Blues Driver, Boss Delay Fender Hot Rod DeVille 212.

The greatest invention for guitars is:
Amps, and pick-ups.

My normal songwriting process consists of:
I like to play around with melodies in my head. Some of the songs I’ll start and not finish, some flow like water. It can be a simple guitar riff and then build from there.

My favorite guitar solo from our band:
The intro to “A little Rough”.

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist):
”Beat It” with Eddie Van Halen, and Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile”

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is:
”Purple Rain”.

Favorite song by our band:

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience:
”Foxey Lady”

My Career highlight thus far is:
Playing The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tribute concert honoring Rock pioneer and icon Chuck Berry

My most embarrassing moment on stage:
I don't think I had one yet.

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is:
Pedals, at least the Blues driver.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar:
James Brown’s ‘Super Bad’

My first guitar was:
Lotus & Gibson melody maker

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was:
Driving down the Street on la Brea California

If I am only sure of one thing in life, It's:
We all matter, I am just trying to play my part.

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is:
I pray before I go on stage and I always talk to the stage during sound check. It’s weird for some reason I feel like it's a way that we both are working together to deliver the best show. The Stage is the platform but so many things can go wrong.

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was:
Watching my mom sing in the Studio, with her headphones on behind the clear glass. I was very young, maybe 7. I was hooked. It looked fun and I could feel all her emotions.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is:
I love Spooky movies.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists:
Make mistakes, play with people who better than you to get better, practice.

CD(s) I'm listening to right now:
T.I ,The Eagles, Imagine Dragons

My 3 all-time favorite albums:
Michael Jackson - "Thriller", Prince - "Purple Rain", Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge over Troubled Water", Aretha Franklin - "Sparkle" Soundtrack

Best gig:
Artist for Peace with Chaka Khan, honoring Stevie Wonder

Favorite junk food:
Cheesecake, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and Oreo cookies (the seasonal ones with the different colors).

My biggest pet peeve:
No matter where I am I always check the door to make sure I locked it. (OCD+Fear+Imagination).

The word or catch phrase I say too much is:
"Really?" or it could be "Really, Really!?"

The hardest part of my job:
Making the right decisions.

What I like to do in my "off" time:
Watch TV--old films, even on the tour bus.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is:
Unpack my Stuff and grab my cat CocoBama

Previous or first day job:
Burger King, my brother would call me "Burger Queen."

Right after this interview I'm going to:
Jump in the shower and get to the studio

I couldn't imagine being on the road without:
My iPhone.

If I wasn't doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as:
The Head of Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota

Favorite movie:

My mission in life:
To entertain people and help them to see the power in themselves.

My guilty pleasure band or artist:
Rhianna, Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Snoop , Eric Clapton

My next goal is:
World Domination

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is:
Purpose, and the chance to see the world and experience All types of people and places

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The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be:
Bono from U2

If I could have three wishes, they would be:
1) That everyone could find the great in themselves, 2) to tour with Rolling Stones, 3) to play the Tokyo Dome Stadium as the headliner selling out in 20 minutes…Yeahhhhhh!

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for:
My music and my love of people


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