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Massena resident performs with moe.


MASSENA - Massena resident Taylor Frederick won the chance to perform one song with the band moe., but he and the band members made it last.

After winning the “I Wanna Be In moe.” contest late last month, Mr. Frederick was granted the opportunity to perform one song with the Buffalo-based jam-band during its Dec. 28 show in Worcester, Mass. He and the band decided on “Plane Crash,” which they burned through in about 10 minutes.

Mr. Frederick alternated between lead and rhythm-guitar parts with the band, and even played a solo near the end of the song.

“Usually the song goes a bit longer, but that’s just how we jammed it. The crowd loved it and we got a great response,” Mr. Frederick said.

Early last month, Mr. Frederick submitted a “YouTube video audition” to moe., with hopes that he would be one of the three people chosen to perform one song with the band during a string of dates at the year’s end. Shortly before Christmas, moe. announced the winners of the contest, and Mr. Frederick was chosen to perform with moe. at its Dec. 28 show in Worcester, Mass.

“It feels great, sort of surreal. It hasn’t quite hit me yet,” Mr. Frederick said after learning he’d won.

He said he was surprised by the news, as the band had received dozens of video auditions, and he thought his might not necessarily be at the top of the pool.

“I personally thought I wasn’t one of the best three, but you know what they say, you’re your own hardest critic,” he said.

Mr. Frederick thanked his friends and family for offering him so much support, both in person and online.

His YouTube video audition, in which he performs the vocal solo from Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky,” garnered almost 650 “likes,” more than 100 “shares” and more than 250 comments on the band’s Facebook page by the end of the contest. One person wrote, “This guy is amazing! Moe, it’s an obvious choice,” and another commented, “Taylor kills it. No question this kid would tear it up with Moe.”

Mr. Frederick’s parents and many of his friends from Massena traveled to Worcester for the show. “It was a nice little group of hometown support,” he said.

Moe. played two sets and an encore at that show, and Mr. Frederick joined the band during the last song of the first set. Before going on-stage he sat in the band’s dressing room, mentally preparing himself for the show.

“I was trying to get in the mindset of ‘I’ve got to kill this,’ and when I got out there, instinct just sort of took over,” he said.

Mr. Frederick is in his senior year as a music industry major at SUNY Oneonta, with a minor in audio engineering. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta, Mr. Frederick will intern with Z2 Entertainment, a production company based out of Boulder, Colo. He will work as a stage-hand and audio engineer, and in his down time he plans to pursue his own music career.

He said he will never forget his experience playing with moe., a band he’s seen live 30 times now, and hopes the show will serve as a stepping stone for his own music career.

“I hope this is the start of makings to come. It’s a wide open door,” he said.

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