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GRAMMY-nominated Record Producer Moe Ager discovered an intense passion for music during adolescence, where the multi-talented 31-year-old Michigan native endlessly practiced - and perfected - musicality at age six with his first-ever composition; Ager's first toy during childhood was a Casio keyboard, which led to a desire in music production, performing and writing.
During this timeframe, Moe Ager honed his musical talent via recordings of original selections courtesy of tape decks, radios and karaoke machines. Ager - who was born and raised in Detroit - found that his musical gift was indeed profitable; Ager routinely earned $100 per production and $20 per hour recording renderings for various aspiring recording artists at Michigan State University.
Moe Ager competed for Michigan State Spartans under the inspirational guidance of Tom Izzo, which witnessed the Lansing-based college rank in the top five in the nation, whilst also making the NCAA Final Four; Ager was named to theAustin All-Regional team and NCAA All-Big Ten Second Team. Subsequently, Moe Ager was selected in the first round (28th overall) of the NBA Draft 2006 by the Dallas Mavericks.
However, Ager traded the bright lights of the NBA for the fastlane of the music industry. The compelling transition was a perfectly calculated move that has seen Ager not look back, rather ahead as the GRAMMY-nominated hit maker redefines his own legacy and future with dedication, passion and god-given talent.
Q: When did you fully realize that you wanted to officially make the full-time transition from the NBA into the music industry?
I always knew that I was going to make the jump, but I wouldn't have thought it would have happened as soon as it did. I made the choice to move to LA in 2011, a year before the NBA lockout to pursue music. Things began to take off for me, and I fell in love with having my own music production company. It was a sense of freedom for me. By time the 2011-2012 NBA season started back up in late December, I had already made my up mind on going full-time with music. I felt at the time, for me to be taken serious in music I had to prove my dedication, and that I did.
Q: At the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 2014 you received a nomination for "Far From Home." What went through your mind when you were initially nominated? I felt blessed and rewarded for taking such a leap of faith. It was an amazing feeling because I had no clue that the song ("Far From Home") was even submitted for consideration. I knew that the music gods had my back and that was a huge sign to keep going.
Q: You've produced records for acclaimed hip-hop recording artists such as Royce Da 5'9, E-40, Lazy Bone, Major Williams, Yukmouf, Rashaun Will and B-Real (Cypress Hill). Which recording artists will you be working with next? Well, I'm really focused on my own personal music at the moment. I'm in the process of launching a full integrated media campaign called "In the Zone With Moe Ager", which will consist of performances, speaking engagements, mixtape contests and much more. As I mature in my life, I'm always looking for ways to innovate my music and attach it to a worthy cause. We will be teaching the value in teamwork, focus and spiritual awareness. I will be integrating sports as well.
Q: Who are your musical influences? Marvin Gaye, Eminem, and Dr. Dre.
Q: "Moe Town Vol. 1" was released in 2013. Will there be additional volumes released? Yes. I have more living to do. I plan to do more volumes later on down the line
Q: "Forever I'm a Spartan" was released as the official anthem for the Michigan State University football team. What are your fondest memories of your collegiate years? Spending time with my teammates and the great students at MSU (Michigan State University). I mean, I have so much love for the people who supported me while in college. MSU fans are still loyal till this day! Go green.
Q: You were a crucial player in the NCAA for Michigan State Spartans. What did you learn most playing under Tom Izzo?
Yes. I'm the all-time leading scorer in the NCAA tournament under the tenure of Tom Izzo. One of the most important things I learned under Coach Izzo is that our bodies can do much more than we think, meaning never tap out too soon. You always have much more in the tank than you think.
Q: Can you explain in detail about Original Heroes? It's a program that caters to kids who are overweight and of need of nutritional support. The Original Heroes has helped hundreds of kids all over Michigan.
Q: What is your opinion on the current state of Detroit regarding poverty and the touch and go situation relating to bankruptcy?
It seems like the city is bouncing back. Downtown appears to be bringing in money. I mean, with the casinos downtown, the lofts, businesses, they are building it back. It's going to take some time, but I feel the city of Detroit is on the come up. I love My city.
Q: Hip-hop and basketball are intertwined on many levels. Which hip-hop musician is the best player on the court?
Right now, Damian Lillard. He is an NBA All-Star and a pretty dope rapper in my opinion.
Q: Can you touch on the inspirational basketball camps that you currently host? We're hosting them at boys and girls clubs. We have after school programs that are going on right now. We will be doing clinics/camps in the summer as well. We are currently raising funds for twenty underprivileged kids to join our three day camp. My goal is to take the MAHS (Moe Ager Hoop School) all over the world. http://www.gofundme.
Q: Who do you believe will become NBA World Champions 2015?
I would like to see Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavs, but If I was a betting man I would have to say San Antonio Spurs again.
Q: What projects do you presently have in store? I recently started the Moe Ager Hoop School, which will play a huge part in the "In The Zone" movement as well. The MAHS (Moe Ager Hoops School) is a basketball enrichment program. We use the likeness of my professional basketball career to reach the youth all over the country. It's always been a passion for me to give back. I truly enjoy working with kids and they seem to enjoy me as well. I also implement music. I perform for the kids and I have them come and showcase their skills. It's plenty of fun. Every Wednesday, I have a segment called "In The Zone Wednesdays". ITZ Wednesdays are just behind-the-scenes footage of my journey throughout the campaign. It's pretty cool. Check it out!
Moe Ager Official Website: www.moeager.com
Ager Productions Website: www.agermusic.com
Moe Ager Twitter: @MoeAger