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Q&A: Red Moon

We got to have a chat with Swiss-Norwegian artist Red Moon recently, following the release of her new single ‘Dreamer’. This is a gorgeously crafted, soaring track that we cannot wait for you all to hear. 

Hi! Can you tell us a bit about your new track, “Dreamer”?

I remember writing this song on my mothers birthday with Dwy some years ago on a cold day in Berlin. It was our first session and the song came to us playfully and organically.

I consider myself a sceptic and highly curious semi-realist and this paradox are explored in the lyrics examination of the human condition, the constant struggle between despair and hope. Now more than ever, when the world can often feel its darkest, we recognise it is a privilege to be able to dream and have hope.

The love and unconditional emotional support of my mother was a huge inspiration for me when writing this song and this is echoed in the feeling of power and freedom I feel when performing it. Needless to say, it is a song very close to my heart.

How would you describe your sound?

I like to think my sound and art to be vulnerable, dynamic and playful. I don’t think of my sound as in a specific genre or style. It’s entirely up to the purpose of the song, and the feeling I want to underline.

The last few years I’ve learned to understand better what I like and to mould a soundscape with some trusted producers between a warm and cold sound. To use my voice as the main character and also like an instrument cinematically. I love to play on words and puns and metaphors and tell my stories like painted images.

Who are your biggest influences, musically or artistically?

This will always be one of the harder questions to answer. I suppose because you’ll regret leaving out artists.

I think I’ve been influenced by melodies from Erik Satie and Chopin to female jazz singers like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, to more contemporary artists like Radiohead, Imogen Heap, Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell.

I later discovered a love for artists and productions of James Blake, Frank Ocean, Susanne Sundfør, FKA Twigs, Moses Sumney and many more. It’s a bit hard to narrow it down but if you want to know more about what I like to listen to, I made a pretty cool Spotify-playlist called: redmoonrituals  😉

Do you remember the first time you realised that music was something you wanted to pursue as a career?

It was around ten years ago. I had just been at art school in Basel and was debating what I should study, or which direction I should take. It was clear to me there was no education that had all the fields I wanted to do in “one”. At that time I had already been performing on some smaller open mic shows, which led me to the question myself; what would happen if I put all my focus and energy to my music and art? It was the only thing that made sense to me. I knew I had to move away from Switzerland and back to Norway to pursue music.

You started off your musical career under a different name, what was it that eventually lead you to the name Red Moon?

In the past 3 years the process of writing and producing songs, I found an aesthetic and clearer sound and vision of what I wanted to say. This didn’t resonate with the older stage name as it was already associated with older projects and experiences that felt had little to do with the new me. I had gone through some major changes between changing my team and felt this was perfect timing to start fresh.

The visuals for your last single, “Dogma” are so ethereal and striking. How do you approach coming up with ideas for a music video?

Thank you. I had some very clear visual ideas I wanted to incorporate for Dogma. The song itself has a lot of information and questions, so I wanted to strip it down to the essence of what felt like the main focus; human connection.

I loved working with the director Joshua Thornton-Allan. We shared so many similar thoughts and visions and truly felt he understood what I wanted to say. It was also such a surreal and beautiful experience to work with movement director Ricky Labib and choreographer Ainsley Ricketts with the lovely dancers. Not to mention the stunning clothes from Azura, and Anastasia Bull.

I just feel so unbelievably lucky to have had such talented group of people making this come to life.

When you’re in the studio, who are you usually working with?

The last few years its been so great to have had the chance to work with a lot of talented songwriters and producers between Berlin, London and Bergen. There are a handful of people I trust and feel I have a special connection to. I’m gonna mention some that have been involved on this upcoming EP.

The first one is Tim Tautorat. We’ve been working together for over four years and I feel like he was one of the first who understood my artistic language and where I wanted to go.

With Tim, I could find a sound. It’s something special to feel seen and to have formed a friendship over the years.

Michelle Leonard has been another important person to me. I remember the first time we saw each other, we both felt it was a reunion. It’s so amazing how easy it is to write music with this magical one.

To me, Askjell has a very unique and beautiful mind. The way he works with music is very inspiring and feels effortless. I think it goes to show when you talk through music and without words, while you’re creating.

What were you up to during lockdown? 

I’ve been trying to getting more into recording from home and find new sounds that inspire me. It’s made an impact on me on how everything is connected, and how much responsibility we have for each other. How important it is to find new solutions. It is quite overwhelming how much has happened in the last half a year. I am wondering how the next six months will be like.

What are you looking forward to next? 

I am so excited that on the release day of “Dreamer” I also announced my upcoming EP called Phase I: XI. It will come out on the 9th of October with two brand new tracks.

Watch the music video for ‘Dreamer’ below:

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