Kip Moore a great live performer, but it turns out that he has a bit of stage fright.
As Kip says, being on stage actually still makes him nervous, “I am a lot more comfortable off the stage. I do love it. It’s interesting because when I’m on the stage, a lot of times I’m truly immersed in it. But I’ll have anxiety before I walk on that stage, I think because it’s not a natural thing for me, I’m not desiring the spotlight.”
Now with the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s had to adjust to life in front a computer camera for his shows, which he now streams online. Moore says, “I love playing by myself like I’ve been sitting around here this long playing all the time, but it feels a little awkward for me, but I know that it brings levity to people. So I wanted to do it. But it takes the human element out of play.”
He continues, “I don’t want this to be the new standard. I’m not one of those artists that makes a setlist. You see all the time, whatever that setlist is, they’re going to stick to it. A lot of times because nowadays you’re strapped to your computer and it’s all a timed show and everything has to go according to plan because there’s so many tracks.”]
“There’s a lot of audibles throughout the night where we’re just reading the audience and what’s happening. Some nights I might tell a 10-minute story and some nights I might tell a 20-second story because I can understand the difference in what’s happening with the crowd. So when you’re doing these large streams, sometimes you get in your own head because I don’t know what to be at that particular moment. So I’ll rush a story out then I’ll see later on in my feed all these messages of entire families sitting around watching these shows and being completely immersed in it. I’m like, well, s—, I should’ve elaborated on that story.”
Moore recently announced that his documentary 7 DAYS AT THE ROCK will premiere on OUTSIDE TV on May 28.
The short film offers a look into the weeks leading up to the release of Wild World (out May 29), as Moore spent time in self-isolation at his remote rock climbing facility, BedRock, located in Red River Gorge, Kentucky.