EMQ’s with MOONLOW
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Synth/Noise Metal project, Moonlow. Huge thanks to Dust for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I am Dust. The band is Moonlow. The debut album, “Who Are You?” will be out in October 2020 on Trepanation Recordings. I play everything. Mostly synthesizers / noise and vocals, but there is also some bass guitar and acoustic guitar on the album. Moonlow has very little history so far.
How did you come up with your band name?
I thought about the lyrical themes and the feelings I had been experiencing during the album’s conception. The moon and its associations and connotations were important, so I fired out lots of related ideas and eventually settled on the portmanteau of “Moonlow”.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I am from the north of England in the UK. The scene is in many ways very healthy, although it is not without problems. The medium-sized venues have largely closed down. But we have a network of smaller DIY venues who do a lot to support the underground scenes.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Who Are You?” will be the first album release from Moonlow. Before that, we will be premiering at least two songs. One will be on a Trepanation label compilation to be released very soon.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Influences include Current 93, Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Alcest, Crowhurst, Einstürzende Neubauten, Darkthrone, Suicide.
What first got you into music?
I have been interested in music since my parents introduced me to classic rock groups at a young age. I gradually became more and more interested in underground and esoteric music styles through reading metal magazines and getting involved in heavy music communities and being exposed to new and interesting sounds. I get bored by listening to the same styles too often. Experimentation is of great interest.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Possibly David Tibet from Current 93. I’m here if he’s interested.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I have always enjoyed Prophecy Fest, which takes place in a cave in the German countryside. There are no current plans for Moonlow live shows, but that sort of environment would probably work well if the Moonlow experience were to be transferred to a live setting, which could happen in future.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
With other bands and projects, I have had pets named after my songs.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you. Who Are You?
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I’m not really interested in doing this, but it’s a shame that Alan Vega and Scott Walker are no longer with us.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy creating freely. I don’t hate anything, but money is always an issue.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think we need to keep working towards new and superior model for supporting artists financially.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Push The Sky Away” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I like vinyl for the tactile experience and for the interesting analogue imprecisions. CD’s are great for sound quality and to still get decent arty packaging. Downloads are best for convenience and portability. “Who Are You?” will also be released on cassette – a first for me.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Moonlow has not played live yet, but I played Ragnarok Festival in Germany to about 5000 people. That was pretty good.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Writing. Reading. Creating art of some description.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Five friends whom I wanted to eat with.
What’s next for the band?
The PR campaign starts now. I will be taking interview questions and seeking press coverage. We will be premiering at least two songs in the coming months, and the release will be in October 2020.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
My website and links to pre-order have not yet gone live but this will happen soon. Watch this space and Google “Moonlow”.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the questions!
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