AN In Depth Interview with Vin Mott
“One of the area’s best harmonica players and musician,” “…the hottest blues band in Jersey,” and “the next generation of the blues” are some of the most common phrases being used to describe one of North Jersey’s youngest and hardest working band leaders, Vin Mott. Upon witnessing one of his band’s electrifying live shows, it becomes clear what all the buzz is about, and why such accolades as ‘the one carrying the torch” seems to surround his name.
Vin Mott is 27 years old from Pequannock, NJ. It was in high school when Vin began discovering his love of blues and roots music, the sound of the harmonica, and began teaching himself, with a little help from the internet, to play the blues harp. In 2007 Vin went on to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where he graduated in 2011 with a BA in Songwriting. By the late summer of 2013 Vin had returned home to New Jersey. Over the next several years Vin, along with the help of guitarist Sean Ronan, would book countless gigs in local taverns, roadhouses, and restaurants such as the Great Notch Inn, the Robin’s Nest Rhythm & Blues, Hat City Kitchen, and Ruthie’s BBQ & Pizza, as well as branching into Eastern PA and the Philadelphia area. The live band has included some of the areas most talented young Jazz, blues, and roots musicians.