We were fortunate enough to catch up with Moon and Aries following the release of their stunning album, ‘The Arrival’. Read the full in-depth interview now!
Hi Moon and Aries, how did you come together as a duo?
Hi Kris, this is Jordana Moon speaking with you. Tom Aries and I met in early 2020 during Corona lockdown, and we were both putting out a lot of original music online. We found each other on Instagram, and both really loved each other’s original music.
After about six months of friendship and support, we figured it was time to give a collaboration a try! During the making of our first song (which was Never Ending Escape), we realized we had similar musical influences, and we worked really well together. So we decided to team up for a bigger project: Moon and Aries.
Who influenced your latest release, ‘The Arrival’?
‘The Arrival’ album is not only influenced by some of our favourite music from the past, a lot of the philosophies in our songs are influenced by our favourite books, movies and TV shows. Music-wise, I’ll say Massive Attack, Portishead, Bowie, ABBA, BeeGees, and A-ha played the biggest role.
‘The Arrival’ is a brilliant full album release; why did you decide to make an album rather than release singles?
We actually did release them all as singles! It started last April, with ‘Shadow’. Then around every six weeks after that, we would release a new song. Until we reached the final track, ‘The Arrival’, and re-released each single with the full album on February 22, 2022.
As indie artists, you can continually rebirth your music until people start to catch on and latch onto your music.
You describe the album as a ‘Synth Pop Opera’; what draws you to the genre?
We created the genre Synth Pop Opera, so we could define it ourselves and allow for more flexibility. Genres are limiting, and when we have a song concept, we want that concept to come alive without worrying about the style. ‘Opera’ allows for us to have theatrical dynamics in the lyrics and music that may be the typical synth-pop genre limits.
Other than music, what are you passionate about?
Tom and I are both passionate about film. I studied writing in film school and identify myself as a writer. Tom is a great writer too! And fitness. Tom runs a lot; I used to body build.
What changes would you like to see in the music business?
It seems like every time I blink, the music industry changes. I honestly think the ‘machine’ is on its way out, and that’s great. So much of the innovative, exciting and good music is coming from indie artists, and people are starting to realize this.
I also think big labels will be a thing of the past. Most musicians just want to make a proper living when you’ve put in the proper effort. That’s what we want.
How do you feel about how the internet plays a role in today’s music business?
The internet changed the game and gave an even playing field. But then there are the algorithms 🙌 and you have to win over the algorithms in a totally creative way.
Sure, you can post and release your music on the internet, but the algorithms will be the factor on you getting noticed. So you have to be everywhere, and you need to be clever in your approach.
Social media allows you to create a buzz and a culture around your music, giving your fans more of a reason to feel connected to you. And you need to hustle every day.
What would it be if you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music?
Three main things. We hope the listeners feel inner peace, activated and inspired.
Have you started working on your next release?
We are always ahead of schedule and have a lot in the works. We will be releasing more music very, very soon!
FVMusicBlog April 2022