When we think about who inspires us the most, I think we could all say it’s the people closest to us. They show us the amount of opportunity there is by creating a diverse environment filled with many types of self-identities. However, one specific music-lover decided to take his identity as a professional music listener to the next level and create a website by the name of Moosic Discovery. The result? A one-stop-shop that showcases new artists and hand-picked curated playlists.
Moosic Discovery is a website for those looking to widen their music horizon and discover new artists along the way. Even though the writers at Moosic Discovery are just a group of friends venting about their favorite new-found artists, you get an authentic review of exactly why an artist is more than just a person making an album. This is what Jose Pyrex — founder of Moosic — had in mind when first creating the website.
“Listening to music is the very reason that I even wanted to get into the music business in the first place. It is an art that we take for granted and one I can’t perform, so I guess I’ll just write about it instead,” Jose said.
After years of giving his friends music recommendations, Pyrex has managed to take his passion into a full-on working website. When asked how this idea came to be, he said that mood-based playlists – left unshuffled and listened to in order – was the initial purpose. However, Moosic Discovery has evolved into a place that puts local and less recognized artists front and center. But Pyrex isn’t a fan of labels and sees Moosic as a vulnerable approach to music.
“Moosic also serves another purpose: [to] establish such a real and personal connection with the reader, that you feel as if your friend just sent you an iMessage bible verse review of a band she heard on her Discover Weekly that day. By that, I mean that Moosic isn’t a place to sound pretentious or heavily dissect music, it is a place for music lovers to talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly music, in a way that any seventh-grader can understand and be like ‘oh, cool,'” Pyrex said.
Moosic Discovery has managed to get a total of 4,000 monthly visits on their website, opening the doors to various opportunities like teaming up with Perime Magazine for a pop-up store in Boston. From FaceTiming Peach Pit to receiving a like from Baker, they’ve taken every little accomplishment as a triumph. But, when asked about their biggest accomplishment, Pyrex said that the website in itself was what he was most proud of. From a simple playlist Pyrex made one day to a website that has raised over $200 for causes such as social equality, immigration, and aiding countries in crisis, Moosic Discovery embodies a passion project full of music-lovers with a dream to dip their feet into the vast ocean that is the music industry.
Check out Moosic Discovery along on their journey as they move their headquarters (which consists of a desk, laptop, and a group of friends in a cramped apartment) to New York City. The next time you need new music for new beginnings or for your corona blues, check out their playlists @moosicdiscovery on Spotify or Apple Music; you’ll thank yourself later. Shoutout to my friend Jose Pyrex, who has created a website that embodies the nights of emotional car drives accompanied by a close friend that keeps the tunes rolling.