Ian Moss: reigniting the matchbook

(Image credit: Daniel Boud)

Getting a hold of Ian Moss is neither as easy, nor as difficult as one would expect. He’s more than happy to chat your ears off, but only if you manage to find him – our first calls wound up going straight to voicemail, and Moss’ management had no idea where the elusive Cold Chisel guitarist was. When our second attempt rolled around, it turned out Mossy had double-booked himself with a dentist’s appointment – no, sadly, we did not interview him high on nitrous... Maybe one day. It wasn’t until our fifth attempt at reaching the Alice Springs-native icon that he picked up – but when he did, he was in an especially chipper mood. 

The 64-year old is enjoying a rush of creative energy at the moment: in addition to celebrating the 30th birthday of his debut solo album – the rollicking, ever-relevant cultural milestone that is Matchbook – he’s still riding high on the tail of last year’s self-titled solo album (his first LP of all original material in 22 years), and hashing through a mountain of ideas for both a new solo offering and a ninth Cold Chisel LP. Of course, we were deadset on picking his brain about all of that – and some of the very interesting guitars he’s accumulated for himself over the years. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…