Mustard had the pleasure of speaking with Boston’s Moonie. Together we spoke about their definition of love, their relationship with music, their debut EP “average love”, and much more. You can find more information about Moonie at their website here.

1. Mustard is thankful to have you join them at Music Shelf. How are you doing today?

I’m doing very very well!  I’m excited to talk about this project with you.

2. According to your Spotify profile, you’re not an average lover. What sets your love apart from other humans?

Honestly, I feel as though a lot of people act on romantic love as if it’s the only love in the world, and I think what sets me apart.  I am just an avid lover.  I’m. a romantic lover, platonic lover, lover of nature, and a lot of the world.  The way that I love is more than just actions and words but the feeling of happiness and contentment you give to the people that you love.

3. Humans all different definitions of love. How do you define love? Can someone be too loving? Do you have a love language?

I define love as a feeling that feels like home.  When you are in love with someone or something you just feel safe.  I don’t think a person can be too loving, it’s all about if the other person is willing to accept the way that person loves.  But I definitely do have a love language!!  I love physical touch but I love to do acts of service.  It’s how someone knows I love them.  

4. What was your relationship with music growing up? Who were some artists you connected with?

Growing up, I did a lot of musicals and was involved in choir and band.  I also just come from a very musical family where they exposed me to almost every genre.  My dad always told me “You don’t have to like all music but you need to appreciate it”.  I think Eric Whitacre really influenced my attention to harmonic detail and singers like Carmen McCrae and Meshell Ndegeocello influenced me. my phrasing and singing style.  

5. Do you have a song or album that played a significant role on you? Could you share more about this song or album?

A song that has never left my mind is ‘Video’ by India.Arie.  That song has an amazing message that helps you realize that you can do literally anything in life as long as you know that you are the person you should love most in the world.  Whenever I felt as though I couldn’t pursue music or felt that I wasn’t good enough, I always came back to that song.  And from a musical standpoint, I fell in love with the melody, bass line, and harmonies.  It is an uplifting and feel-good song for any time in your life.  

6. What is your creative process?

I genuinely just write about whatever I’m feeling.  I always write a sad version on the guitar first hahaha.  Then I sit by myself and think about what color and atmosphere the song should feel like, and that’s what I base the production on.  It can be really fun but if I’m not in the right space it will just simply stress me out.  

7. Who or what influences you? Where can this influence be heard in your music?

My biggest influences are Carmen McCrae, Meshell Ndegeocello, and India.Arie.  I think my love for Carmen McCrae shows in my melodic rhythms.  I love to play with how I phrase a sentence or how to emphasize certain words.  Meshell Ndegeocello is shown the most in my beats.  She’s the legend of bass lines in my mind, and although I can’t play the base I aspire to make grooves that feel as good as hers.  India.Arie’s influence is more overall in the vibe of my songs.  She’s mastered matching her lyrics with her melodies with her instrumental.  I believe this influence is the reason why I can have a versatile project because there’s no box to stay in if you have a lot of different things to say.  

8. Last week you released your debut EP “average love” which explores themes such as relationships, love, and much more. What inspired the concept of this EP? Could you share more about the process of putting this EP together?

I actually wrote most of this EP over the summer while I was doing long-distance with my current partner.  At first, I just wrote them for her to show how much I loved her even from a distance.  This is more of a profession of love than anything else.  It starts with the longing of wanting someone with you physically and ends with a confession that I would do anything to make her happy regardless of the circumstances.  It was one of the easiest but most heartfelt projects I’ve ever done, so, I think that’s why I’m the happiest with this being my first release.

9. The first track on “average love” is called indeed. Any relation to the job-search website of the same name? Are you searching for a new love like a company may be a new employee?

Hahaha, Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any relationship but I think I was going for more of a Gordon Ramsay ‘indeed’.  I can assure you that I’m not looking for a new love right now.  I’m the happiest with my partner right now, she’s pushed me to be the artist I’ve always wanted to be and I’m forever grateful.  

10. A humans gets the chance to see you perform. How would you describe your performances?

I think my performances are all about establishing a vibe with me and the audience.  Although they are watching me, they’re just as a part of the show as I am.  I want people to groove and enjoy their life at that moment.  It’s all about the energy in the room!

11. What is next for Moonie?
Hopefully, more music soon!  I’m planning some live performances so look out!

12. Where can readers listen to your music?

My Ep ‘average love’ is out on all platforms!! Also, a secret between you and me, I have some stuff on Soundcloud 🙂

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