The Lowdown: Interview with Willy Moon

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Willy Moon is one fook of a cool dude! With a brand new single ‘My Girl’ out on the 3rd of March, a UK tour coming up and taking the stage at SXSW, he really doesn’t mess around. He’s proud to take full autonomy of his music, whilst writing, recording and producing everything that he creates, you can rest assured that you’re getting the full Willy Moon works when you listen to his sensational music.

I find Willy rather inspirational, after deciding that making music is his destiny, he just switched on and chased after what he wanted to accomplish ruthlessly, whatever the cost and jumping from country to country to achieve it! When he bought his one way ticket to London, leaving his native New Zealand behind, he found himself on a journey that led to his musical breakthrough. With his dry sense of humour and wit, it’s safe to say here in Britain is the perfect place for him to settle down in. With a restless spirit he found himself travelling for a bit, until music took over and he’s where he is today.

On his website he’s states “I’ve always been ambitious… I’ve always thought one day, no matter what, I’m going to be successful.” With that sort of mentality, who knows where Willy Moon will end up… but before he sets off again, we managed to pin him down to answer a couple of questions that we were desperate to get the answers for.

LISTEN // Willy Moon - 'My Girl'



AltSounds: How would you sum up your debut self-titled EP, which was released at the end of 2012, in just a few words?

Willy Moon: My job is to make the music, not explain it. Over to you!

AltSounds: Eerrmmm… right you are. Besides performing at SXSW this year, what else are you most excited for at the festival?


Willy Moon:
Ribs, Texans, bumper stickers.

AltSounds: Right before SXSW, you’ll have a run of tour dates, which we’re very excited about! What are 5 essentials you must have on tour?

Willy Moon: Hendricks, slippers, shoe polish, good health and cool motherfuckers.

AltSounds: You seem like a very creative sort of guy, what else do you revel in apart from music? From a previous interview, it seems like you’re very into books! What are you currently reading?


Willy Moon: I'm reading nothing right now, because I get travel sickness if I try in the van. I met this weird guy in a bar in Kansas City who looked exactly like James Ellroy. I then looked up online and apparently he lives there. I'm going to pick up a few of his books later today. I consume films to such an extreme that whenever I get on the plane I've seen them all already. At least all the decent ones.



AltSounds: A perk of travelling right there! Your dance moves are definitely noted in your performances and video for “Yeah Yeah,” what has been a major influence in your style?

Willy Moon:
James Brown, James Brown, James Brown.

AltSounds: I know you’re a fan of jazz, but what about pre 1960’s pop music do you like the most?

Willy Moon: I'm an escapist. That world is so foreign to me that it delights me to get lost in it. I like the fact that you could lie back then and nobody cared. All those blues singer creation myths are nonsense, but everyone pretends like they’re true. If you did that now people would accuse you of being artificial.

AltSounds: You’re music started in Berlin when you left England and just hopped onto a plane. What about Berlin inspired you to make music seriously?

Willy Moon: A sense of desperation. My life had reached a nadir where I either gave up or went for it. Music was the only alley of escape for me from poverty and depression. The city is schizophrenic, which plays into the kind of music I make.

AltSounds: Wow! That's so profound! Thanks so much and good luck with everything dude...

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