For more than two decades, singer and songwriter Steve Moakler has been writing hits for some of our favorite country artists—think Reba McEntire and Dierks Bentley—while churning out his own projects along the way. Following the release of his electric and soulful seventh studio album, Make a Little Room, The 10,000 spoke to the Pennsylvania-born, Nashville-based musician on his new record, creative process, and what he hopes listeners take away from it.
First off, congratulations on the release of your seventh studio album, Make a Little Room! How does it feel to have the record out in the world? How is the tour going?
Thank you! It’s been a really exciting month… feels awesome to have this record out into the world. I feel a great sense of accomplishment and a lot of gratitude for all the friends who helped bring it to life. It’s a really personal album, so it means a lot to hear how much our audience seems to be enjoying it so far. The tour has been extra special. I think in part because it’s been four years since I’ve headlined a ticketed show in any of these venues. It’s just been a blast to be back on stage in front of our crowd again.
Can you walk us through your creative process for the album?
I worked on this record alongside my producer Andy Skib and engineer Dave Clauss. Both insanely talented friends of mine… we really took the less is more approach. We started with drums and bass, and then went straight to lead vocals which was unusual for me. From there we were just really intentional about what we added and only a few more musicians even played on it. We tried to keep it sounding as simple and spacious as we could so that every part had a purpose. It was a really fun challenge, and I think it ended up giving the whole record a cohesive sound.