Bob Moses | Collective Arts Black Box Sessions

Bob Moses performs "Back Down" and "Heaven Only Knows" live at Indie88 in the Collective Arts Black Box.

Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie attended the same school in Vancouver as youths, but parted ways after graduating. Vallance moved to New York and launched his music career making trance and house tunes, gaining early acclaim at 18 years old with releases on Ultra Records and remixes for Sia. Meanwhile, Howie attended Berklee College of Music in Boston before also moving to New York City.

By chance they ran into each other in a Lowe’s hardware store parking lot and reconnected. They started working on music together, naming themselves Bob Moses after Robert Moses, a famous city planner known as the “master builder” of mid-20th century New York. Experimenting with different sounds, they combined Howie’s background in rock music with Vallance’s electronic expertise. In 2014 they signed with Domino Records, releasing their debut album Days Gone By the following year.

Their debut album’s biggest single “Tearing Me Up” earned a Grammy nomination for best dance recording and won the award for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical. Soon after, Ellen DeGeneres personally picked Bob Moses to perform on her show. Last year the duo released their second record, Battle Lines, and they visited us to perform “Back Down” and “Heaven Only Knows” live in the Collective Arts Black Box.