For Moore, more tunes is better
Q. You’re the guy known for a song called “I Like to Stay Home,’’ so it’s surprising to hear you’re on your first-ever tour at 59. Why the change of heart?
A. There’s no one particular reason. It’s fate more than anything. It’s kind of cool that I never toured, which means it’s now a gala event. And we’re milking that as much as we can. I’ve hardly ever gigged over the years, just sporadic gigs. In the late 2000s, I finally started working with bands and playing in New York.
Q. What should we expect?
A. It’s just kind of a hard-rock show combined with sweet Brian Wilson balladry and a little bit of craziness, obviously.
Q. Your one and only show in Boston was at the Channel, a club that no longer exists, back in 1984. The Globe’s review of your performance noted that a heckler told you to go home. And you did.
A. There was a review of my show there? It had to be short. It wasn’t a very good show.
Q. With such a dense catalog, where does someone even start to discover your music?
A. That’s always been a dilemma, but I’m constantly explaining that’s just how I roll. People say it’s artistic suicide, that I need to consolidate. I’m known as the man who needs an editor. And that’s totally true, yet on the other hand, that’s not my thing. My thing is a diary of sound that I’ve been doing since the late ’60s.
Q. What are you like as a self-editor? Is there anything you don’t release?
A. Nope, not at all. That’s why there are 400 albums, because every sound I’ve ever recorded is available for whoever wants to buy it. It’s all available. There’s no cutting-room-floor outtakes that I refuse for people to hear because they’re so awful.
Q. That’s unusual for an artist to let fans see so much of the process.
A. Perhaps you’re right. Again, I don’t make a big deal about it. There may be some people who think that’s utter pretentiousness. Sure, he’s got 400 albums, but are they all good? That’s a stupid question that doesn’t apply. Extend your horizons. I have no room for mediocrity. I love simplicity, but I’m sick of decades of artists, and public support for those artists, who don’t try to put little twists in their music.
Q. There’s a perception that you never wanted to be more famous. Is that true?
A. I didn’t set out to be a rebel, to buck the system. It’s just what I did. I was constantly wishing that I could get out of the struggle and get somebody who had money to be interested in me. What would I do if a major label wanted me to sign? I’d always say, “Give me that pen. I’ll sign anything.’’
Q. It’s obvious from your albums that you’re a voracious listener. Is there any genre you haven’t explored in your music?
A. Probably not. It’s all about diversity. All of my records are like mixtapes by various artists. I don’t try to [upset] people. That’s just how I am.
Interview was condensed and edited. James Reed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.