Like a lot of military kids, Charles Moon is used to being on the move. When he was younger, that meant new cities and new schools. Now as an adult and creative, that means being open to experimenting with new ideas, projects, and media.
Charles’ many titles (DJ, sound engineer, photographer, event producer... the list goes on), his eagerness to keep learning, and his love for outer space inspired this month’s theme: explore.
Charles’ first experiments with beats and production started in high school. In the early days, he and his friends would beat boredom by rapping on beats that Charles would create. His friends’ positive reactions and enthusiasm provided him with validation that he was good enough to keep going and fueled Charles to pursue music more seriously.
His interests in music carried on into his college years at Texas Tech where he was an Exercise Science student by day and a studio intern by night. His experience at the studio in Lubbock opened doors for him to refine his skills and expand into event production through ScoreMore Shows.
A few years after graduating college, Charles admits that he “felt like he just hit a ceiling and couldn't do anything more.” His mentor cautioned that he would “plateau” if he stayed in Lubbock, so Charles heeded his advice to move to Austin.
“I slept on a friend's couch,” Charles recalls. “And applied to every studio that was in town, even walking up and knocking on doors.”
Charles’ persistence paid off and one of the major studios in Austin, Orb Recording Studios, hired him on as an intern.
“At first I was just a fly on the wall. I had a notebook and a stool and was sitting literally next to the shoulder of the engineers like, ‘What did you just do?’”
Charles’ constant pursuit of learning and evident passion for music catapulted him to the role of Studio Manager within two years. True to form, once he felt like he had learned all he could at Orb, Charles moved on to a completely new project: Thank You for Sweating.
Inspired by his tenure at ScoreMore Shows, Charles wanted to create a “late night free flowing party where every type of person you can think of is there enjoying each other and dancing and being sweaty.”
He and his friend decided to pull the trigger on purchasing the domain on a wine-induced whim. At this point Charles had learned that there isn’t really ever going to be a “perfect” time for anything, and that some of life’s best opportunities come from not overthinking and simply taking the leap, even when you don’t quite know where you’ll land.
A life-long risk taker, Charles’ comfort with the unknown stems from his name, “Moon” and its ties to the limitlessness of outer space.
“I love space,” he reflects. “I love staring at the horizon, seeing as far as you can see, and not having any idea what’s out there.”
For Charles, looking up into the sky is a humbling reminder of his comparative size in the world. Gazing into the vastness of space and realizing that no matter what happens to him the world is going to keep spinning gives him a sense of freedom.
“I'm just not afraid to try something different,” asserts Charles. “I struggle with associating an identity with the work that I do. I don't ever want to limit myself to one genre or to one form.”
Thank You for Sweating and his other projects give him the opportunity to explore new ways to create and collaborate with other creatives in town.
“I created a haven for creatives to come and hang out and party and feel good. Now they're meeting each other and the work is expanding,” Charles shares. “I think that's awesome. I love connecting people and seeing what happens.”
When asked about what’s coming next, Charles admits that he takes it day by day.
“That's what life is about. It's just the constant pursuit of trying to learn more.”
Keep up with Charles’ projects on IG and follow Thank You For Sweating for the latest news on their events and parties!