A Chat with Willy Moon
Willy Moon is a fascinating specimen. Imagine a sharp, 1950s-looking guy thrown into a Cuisinart and blended with some raw rock ‘n’ roll, two turntables, and a modern attitude. It all began when he uploaded his first video, "I Wanna Be Your Man," on the Internet, which spawned a flurry of praise. Moon caught the attention of everyone from the BBC Radio to The Guardian newspaper, all of whom anointed Willy Moon as “one to watch” in 2012.
We recommend you visit one of his live shows pretty soon, before we lose “Big Willy” to stadium culture. The beloved newcomer already kicked off his tour in Europe early in November with Jack White, but he was kind enough to share a few minutes with The Inside Source to speak inspirations, the road, and his obsession with Wu-Tang.
But first, take a peek at his new video "Yeah Yeah" (just released) showcasing the brazen style, swagger, and pipes of this early 20’s New Zealander directed by Grammy-winner Alex Courtès (U2, The White Stripes, Justice). “Yeah Yeah” will see its physical EP release on December 4th on Cherrytree / Island Records, although you can buy the digital track right now. Here’s more from the chic gentlemen himself…
Jauretsi: Growing up, what were the albums you constantly played on repeat and how did they inform your music today?
Willy Moon: When I was a kid we still made mixtapes. I started learning the guitar when I was 9 or 10, which gave me a heavy diet of Django Reinhardt and, weirdly, Thelonious Monk. In my spare time, I listened to Sonic Youth, “36 Chambers” by the Wu, “Fat of the Land” by The Prodigy, Outkast “Stankonia”…
Q: As a man with an incredible fashion aesthetic, what would you say are the top 3 essentials every man must consider for his closet?
A: A beautiful coat, good socks, and shoe polish.
Q: When and where can Americans expect to see you on tour soon?
A: December 6th in New York at Santos. December 8th at Brooklyn Bowl in New York. December 10th at Los Angeles School Night at Bardot. December 13th in San Francisco at Popscene.
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