Psychedelic Mooj has been playing together since January 2005. From the sound of their music you’d think they’ve been playing together for a lot longer. Check out their bios below. Learn more about them, their musical influences and what they do when they’re not being rock stars.
Richard Chavez: Guitar
Richard made a botched attempt at playing the guitar many years ago. Wanting to sound like 80’s hair metal he later realized that there was more to life. Perhaps metal wasn’t his calling, besides his father did teach him to appreciate and love great music. Without any proper inspriration he decided to hang it up. Throughout the years, his passion for playing music never died, just slipped into a coma.
After seeing the Black Crowes play live a few years ago, Richard got a huge inspiration to play music again. He picked up his guitar and was shocked that he was able to play better than he did several years earlier. Since receiving this amazing burst of inspiration, he’s been practicing feverishly and playing a more diverse repertoire of music. His newly found musical approach is an interesting blend of rock, blues, fusion, funk and jazz. This fresh style of psychedelic stew was the muse for Psychedelic Mooj’s “Shadow Chaser” and “Psychedelic Supper”.
Richard’s major musical influences are the Black Crowes, Sting, Dixie Dregs, Miles Davis, Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks, Jimi Hendrix, Funkadelic, The Police, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Steve Morse and Gov’t Mule. Although, these artists have a great influence on him, there’s no better inspiration then making music with his brothers Bill, Dave and Will in Psychedelic Mooj!
He also has a passion for foreign languages; he speaks French, Russian and Ukrainian. Moreover, he enjoys travelling to new exciting places around the world. When Richard isn’t busy playing music with Psychedelic Mooj, he schmoozes search bots as a search advertising executive!
Dave Hull found his way to the valley of the sun out of the San Diego music scene. At 15 he picked up his first bass guitar and played in several garage bands. At 21 he co-founded Mitch Cornish and the Hellhounds. The Hellhounds’ original music showcased the influence of such great acts as Bruce Springsteen, The Blasters and The Clash as well as other artists too numerous to mention. They had a great impact on the local San Diego music scene at that time.
In 1984, he joined the army and while stationed at Ft Hood, TX., a couple of fellow soldiers and he formed a band called Too Relaxed. They played in and around Ft. Hood including Austin. Their music was a fusion of Blues, Rock and Ska.
After leaving the army, he returned to San Diego, where he joined the Joe Staples Band, a local San Diego Blues, R & B and funk band. They played the local San Diego Blues circuit, which included gigs at such local landmarks as the Texas Tea House, the Belly Up Tavern and Kelly’s Pub.
His eclectic taste in music allows him to enjoy such artists as Charles Mingus, George Clinton, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, Green Day, Nirvana, Bob Marley and others, again, too numerous to mention.
Rick “rickodrums” Obenshain learned to play by listening and playing along with LP’s from the age of 10. That’s why former bandmates have called him the “walking jukebox”! He says one of his earliest influences was Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad. Rick deeply admires the playing of his Granddaddy (a big band drummer in the ’40’s), Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Keith Moon, John Bonham (of course), Charlie Watts, Ian Paice, Kenny Jones, Joey Kramer, Ginger Baker, Carmine Appice, Aynsley Dunbar, Billy Cobham, Steve Smith, Kenny Aronoff, Mitch Mitchell, Buddy Miles, and many, many more.
Rick has played in bands since he was 14 and has played many different styles, including: jazz fusion, classic rock, reggae, Broadway musicals, and metal.
In the Valley since 2005, Rick has played with local bands: Hollywood Library, Downpour, Zen Monkey, Shine Eye, Wheelhouse, and several other projects. Rick plays Ludwig Classic Maple drums and Sabian cymbals.
Rick’s unique style of rock, jazz and fusion create a whole new dynamic to the band and pushes some serious Moojification! See us live you’ll find out.
Ram Tuli began playing guitar in high school. Then, like everyone, he could play the beginning of “Stairway to Heaven” and the riff to “Smoke on the Water.” It wasn’t until he heard Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs” that he really began to focus on tone and style. His love for the blues also began around then and his entire performing life has been spent playing blues or blues-dominated psychedelic rock. Ram brags to all who care to listen that he doesn’t know anything about music theory or scales. He’s played guitar for so long (over 30 years) that by now he basically knows which notes and chords sound good and which ones don’t. He is also a tone freak and has spent more than 20 years refining his vintage sound.
Besides playing guitar Bill is an author and engineer.
His major musical influences are T-Bone Walker, Albert King, B.B. King, R.D. Burman, Jimmy Vaughn, Denny Freeman, Anson Funderburg, Ronnie Earl, Robin Trower, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix. He also thinks Richard Chavez is one hell of a guitar player, too.