In a special Artist Feature, TCR sits down with visionary musician and visual artist, Luna (aka Lonemoon). In an intimate discussion, Lonemoon talks the creative influences that have inspired her unique artistic journey as a black woman, as well as her definition of success in the current state of the music industry. From her experiences navigating the music landscape in Japan, to her continued evolution into her best artistic self, Lonemoon proves herself to be an unapologetic force destined for greatness.
When did you get started musically? When did your creative journey begin?
When I was a child I would watch stupid movies and I would think that the sound of music was just the most profound stuff. And it really is—music is still really important. I feel like people don't really pay attention to music very often. Like Shrek! Shrek is cultural. It's cultural. People act like Shrek in real life because of Shrek—most people can't even burst through the door without thinking about ‘Somebody’.
Do you feel like those pop culture influences as a child have stuck with you?
Yeah especially in my time in Japan. Sometimes people thought I was appropriating their culture and it’s ironic because the people that would say that were people who appropriated my culture as a black woman. Honestly it’s a huge mixed bag. The other day a Japanese person slid into my DM’s sayign the N-word in Japanese. While there is a healthy respect for black people in Japan, fair skin across all history has been considered right.
What has navigating your life and creative process looked like during the pandemic?
it is different now. Like this is an interview. Before I would be sitting with people, which is and I missed that. I feel like I haven't been able to have that in a very, very long time. A lot of my friendships have been over the Internet, and that makes me feel really weird. I was never really a person to them—I was just like a picture on a screen. Like when I do an Instagram story, or if I do a Snapchat story, it's just me putting the show on, because I'm a performer, and it's my job. So people are sometimes scared of me in real life because of the character that I put out on the internet with.
What upcoming projects do you have coming up?
I'm making a video game now. My video game is called Morris. It's based on my album. If you've ever played games, like Off by Mortis Ghost, you’ll love it. Also my record: ‘MajikaL GirlfrienD+*.!’, there’s a track called Loner. I recorded the song and recorded all of the instruments and produced it. I think my music is ready to pop—I really want to go for it. My more recent album is ‘Yogore Yori Mo Kitanai’ —ˆdefinitely my goth magnum opus. I want to make positive change for people like me and everybody in general.
What do you think about the state of the music industry today?
Hard work is the biggest difference that I have found in my peers. I might just be being harsh. But out of everybody that I have I come up with, I don't see as much hard work behind their content. What I do see as a lot of is big production or big names on projects. But how about how good your music is, like, from the inside without a big expensive studio? I feel like in America, the way that people get famous is they get viral by chance. A lot of the people that I look up to come from competitions—they're known because they were able to prove themselves and I have totally shown that.
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