Your new favourite Norweigan-Swiss alt-pop singer
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
If you could ever imagine something as beautiful as a mixture between the music of Florence Welch, AURORA and Enya, then Red Moon is certainly it. With an enchanting and ethereal sound, her music sounds like it’s arrived from another world, and we can’t get enough.
With a musical passion stretching all the way back to her childhood, and gaining attention from the likes of Shura who remixed one of her recent tracks, you’d best be keeping your eye on her. She’s a star on the rise.
She’s spent most of her adult life travelling the world, learning from the people and places she has visited, and her experiences as a queer woman to shape her music.
After one listen of her latest EP, Phase I:XI, we couldn’t wait for a virtual sit down with Red Moon to get to know her better.
Tell us a bit about your background. What has led you to this point in your musical career?
I’ve been pursuing music for quite some time. It’s been a long journey. I’ve been recording music since 2016, but my sound has developed mainly in the last two or three years. Last year I understood that in order to do what I I want, I needed to come up with this whole concept and to come up with the name Red Moon. I think it just reflects more of what I want to say.
How would you personally describe your sound for people that haven’t heard you before?
This is a difficult question because I don’t think my music necessarily has a genre. It’s influenced by what I want to say emotionally, or if I want to tell a story. I love to work with contradictions and opposites – I love warm and cold sounds.
Red Moon shouldn’t be bound by genre or style because we’re always moving in different directions and phases in our lives.
Is this idea of phases what inspired the name Red Moon?
I think Red Moon is a name that is so far away from my own name, has no gender, it can be something specific, but it can also be whatever you want it to be. Compared to the sun, the moon is a reflector. I would love to be a reflector of what happens to me and what happens to the world.
What does your writing process look like?
It really depends because I go through phases where I’ll sit on something for a long time and then it can come out very quickly all at one. It also depends on if I write with people or without. When I’m writing alone I go with my intuition – I play around a lot with the piano and the melodies. When I’m with other people I love to discover new ways to create because some of the producers bring out new inspiration. It makes you feel like you’re testing your boundaries and limits.
Did you always know you wanted to be a musician?
I’ve always known that I needed to express myself in some way. I’ve always painted and danced and sang. When I went to art school and had a little bit of experience with performing on open mics and with some of the people from the jazz school, I didn’t think that I would find a education that could fit all of the things that I want to combine. I decided to put all my focus on the music and my artistic expression. It’s definitely been one of the most influential choices.
Tell us a bit about your new EP, Phase I:XI.
I feel so great about it. Some of the songs that are on there, Dogma and Dreamers, they were finished two years ago but it wasn’t the right timing. I revisited some of the production and added strings and some vocal performance at the end. I think what what I really love about this EP is that it has like such a variety of topics, but it makes a lot of sense together.
Who would you say has had an influence on your sound?
I think a lot of artists. Two earlier influences have been Imogen Heap and Sia. Lately I’ve been more curious about productions like James Blake, Frank Ocean, Joni Mitchell, Moses Sumney, Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent.
All of them are so different, but there’s something extremely beautiful about how they write metaphors. The way that Sufjan Stevens writes, he has so many styles. It’s so beautiful, because he can say an ordinary sentence, but it sounds beautiful. It just depends on how you phrase things.
I saw that Shura remixed your track Dogma. Is there anyone else you’d love to collaborate with or have remix your songs?
I would be down for a collaboration anytime with St. Vincent, King Princess, Christine And The Queens or Caroline Polacheck!
You’ve travelled and seen a lot of the world but what’s the LGBTQI scene like where you’re from?
Not the best. At least there wasn’t a huge scene for queer women at that time. When I lived in Switzerland, I wasn’t even aware that I could consider myself as part of that community. I was always open, but I would never want to narrow down who I am because of how other people would perceive me.
What’s the main message you want people to take away from your EP?
It’s definitely a question to yourself of what we can be and who we are. I think it’s really up to everyone to answer that, because there’s so much greatness in each and every one of us. Every person can be inspiring and bring a lot of inspiration and love. But I think it takes everyone time to get there.
Follow Red Moon over on Instagram right here and make sure you check out her latest EP, Phase I:XI.