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Q&A: LOONY

Toronto-based artist LOONY is grabbing the attention of many with her candid and invigorating music, including getting the seal of approval from the likes of Elton John. The singer has also worked with Mick Jenkins after recently releasing a fresh new single ‘Royal Flush’ towards the lead-up of her new EP coming soon. Her music has been making waves, so we caught up with her to talk about it.  

Hey LOONY! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us. You Just released your new single ‘Royal Flush’, what was the inspiration behind the song?

Flirtation, in two ways: in the literal sense – the flirtatious stage of a budding relationship, where it’s all feeling like a game. But not in a bad way – it’s fun, it’s risk-free. But it’s al.so flirting with the larger idea that this really could be something more, and starting to get excited by the potential of it all.

How would you describe your sound?

It’s intentional, and it’s honest.

Are there any specific artists that inspire your music?

I grew up on a lot of Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Sade, Alicia Keys, D’Angelo, Maxwell, The Roots, Nas, Etta James, Lil Kim.

We have not been able to have any live music in a while, but do you have any plans to play live when you can?

Oh, 100%. I can’t wait to get out there again and play some shows with my band. It’ll be so exciting to be on the road again. I’m definitely jetting off to the States and the UK the second I can.

What is your favourite part about making music and how does it make you feel?

My favourite part is just being able to tap into something murky, like an emotion or an experience, and make it into something tangible that someone else can also feel or relate to. Creating a little world for someone else to connect to. Whenever it feels like I’ve successfully done that, like I’ve expressed the ‘thing’ right, told the story right, it’s the best feeling ever.

On your most recent single you worked with Mick Jenkins, what was it like working with him?

It was cool – it was remote though, because of COVID, and things are always better in person. When he sent over his verse it was a really dope moment, we all got really excited.

How are you feeling about releasing an EP soon?

I’m starting to feel really excited. This one’s special to me.

What plans have you got in store for the rest of the year?

I’m just going to be creating as much as possible. And also, taking care of myself as much as possible. This last year has taught me just how important that is.

What is something you dream of achieving in your music career?

I’d love to write a really dope song for an artist I admire.

Thanks so much for your time!

Thank you for having me!

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