Willy Moon to the max
30 Aug. 2012

Willy Moon to the max

A truly great debut single should make the listener ask: Who is this person? And where did they come from? That’s what happens when you first watch the video to Willy Moon’s I Wanna Be Your Man, in which a lean and long-faced young man struts and jerks and testifies in a spotlight, over a monstrously metallic Bo Diddley beat, for one minute and 50 seconds. And the answers in this case are every bit as interesting as the record itself.

Willy is 21, and whip-smart with a tinder-dry sense of humour. He doesn’t blend different sounds; he smashes them together to hear what kind of noise they make. It’s as if rock’n’roll had been deep-frozen in 1965, just before the Beatles discovered acid, and abruptly reanimated 45 years later by a laptop hip hop producer.

On his demos a chain gang from one of Alan Lomax’s 1930s field recordings beats out a rhythm track with hammers and axes; early 60s rock’n’roll is crunched into shuddering quasi-dubstep; a riotous Amerie breakbeat bucks beneath blaring horns and James Brown yowls. Willy loves the physical energy of Cab Calloway and Michael Jackson, the brevity of the Ramones, and the style of film noir.

He writes, records and produces everything on his own and keeps things short: nothing grazes the three-minute mark. “Generally the most interesting stuff happen in the first two minutes anyway, the rest of it just bores me to tears,” he reasons. “I’m a great believer in simplicity and brevity. It’s also down to having a short attention span. I don’t even read books anymore, just short stories.”

Willy grew up in New Zealand. When he was 12 his mother died of cancer. His father lost his job due to the time taken off caring for his mother, and was forced to find work abroad in Saudi Arabia, leaving 12-year-old Willy and his 16-year-old sister to raise each other. “I was always getting in trouble at school and they’d say we have to get your parents in. I’d say, well that’s difficult.”

Formerly a gifted student, he effectively gave up on school, attending occasionally only to see his friends and read science fiction novels. He was thrown out of one school, then another, and dropped out of formal education all together when he was 16. “I thought what’s the point? I am allergic to authority and besides, I have always been more of an autodidact anyway.”

Eventually he decided that something had to give so for his 18th birthday he saved up and bought himself a one-way plane ticket to London, where he found hedonism, strife, financial insecurity and a surprising musical breakthrough. When Willy met his girlfriend she played him an album by 1940s forces’ sweethearts the Andrew Sisters, which triggered an obsession with pre-1960 pop music. “I still listen to jazz more than anything, like Woody Allen!” he laughs.

After losing his job and being kicked out for not making rent, Willy and his girlfriend bought the cheapest available plane tickets — to Valencia, Spain. From there they jumped a train down to Morocco. “It was ridiculous,” he says. “Who knew what we were meant to do once we got there?” They eventually made their way to Berlin, where they would live for the next year, and crucially where Willy’s music would begin to take form. There he began writing primal rock’n’roll songs but found it too constricting. “There was a whole revivalist scene, but it felt a bit like locking oneself up and throwing away the key.”

Returning to London, he worked on developing his own sound, the first fruit of which was I Wanna Be Your Man. He posted it online and acquired a record deal. “I’d hate to be in a band, too many opinions,” he says. “I’m a dictator at heart.”

Now, finally, he is relatively settled and secure and working on his debut album for release in 2012. It promises to be extraordinary. “I’ve always been ambitious,” he says. “One day, no matter what, I’m going to be successful.”

Source: willymoon.com

Photos: Sasha Rainbow

Related posts


Related posts

Let’s throw an eye on Iggy Azalea
Let’s throw an eye on Iggy Azalea
14. September 2012 - 15 comments

41 Responses

  1. Accounting service outsourcing for small business is a great option too achieve your business goals.

    These firms bpast of competent accounting professionmals wwho
    aare well equipped to addxress the accounting concernms of their clients.
    But the desifed output cannot be reached if there iis completfe automation.

  2. single woman free single dating sites free free phone chat lines free online dating sites

  3. dating near me free dating online tinder dating site free dating site chatting

  4. free dating near you free dating sites in iran free local dates best online dating website

  5. best free dating sites free local dating sites connecting singles online members absolutely free online dating sites

  6. free f www local singles 7f0fd71be9e4298b tinder online singles near me free

  7. . sagt:

    %random_anchor_text% %random_anchor_text% %random_anchor_text% .

  8. critical essay help buying essays online essay writing service discount code where can i buy essays online

  9. how to be a better essay writer best mba essay editing service help
    writing a descriptive essay online help with essay writing

  10. what are good essay writing services macbeth essay help essay about military service can you write my essay for me

  11. mba application essay writing service cheap essay papers application essay writing service best writing service reviews

  12. cheap essay writers top essay writers professional essay editing service help with essay introduction

  13. essays about service professional custom essays essay homework help essay writing services legal

  14. essay help online help with writing a essay college application essay services admission essay services

  15. write my essay affordable best website to get essays personal statement essay help custom essay org

  16. top 5 essay writing services essay writer services buy essay online cheap custom admission essay

  17. essay writing company reviews help with writing
    an essay essay revision help online top custom essays

  18. best free dating sites top online sites online dating free best free date sites

  19. college essay writing services help to write an essay legitimate essay writing service help to write essay

  20. essay about community service order cheap essay online
    best cheap essay writing service what are the best essay writing services

  21. essays about community service best college application essay service college application essay writing service buy essays online

  22. legitimate essay writing service recommended essay writing service
    help for essay writing custom essays online

  23. help with writing essay college essay writing company best essay writing website essay writing website reviews

  24. essay writers service buy essay paper essay writing service discount code custom essay writing help

  25. nmnm.mp4 sagt:

    Just desire to sayy yoir article iis as surprising. The clarity in youhr post
    is jjust nice aand i could asshme you’re aan expert oon thhis
    subject. Finne with your permissiin lett mme to grqb your
    fee tto keep upcated withh foryhcoming post. Thanks a million aand
    pldase kee up tthe gratkfying work.

  26. Wonderful, what a weblog iit is! This website presentts useful dzta too
    us, keep iit up.

  27. top vpn service providers cyberghost vpn free download best chrome vpn whats the best vpn

  28. vpn blocker free best vpn services 2019 best vpn for firefox hola vpn chrome

  29. buy uk vpn free vpn canada vpn chrome extension buy vpn accounts

  30. download vpn express vpn free trial business vpn small free linux vpn

  31. online casino games win real money free casino
    bonus casino online real money top casino site

  32. play for real money online casino casino online real money usa online casino usa real money no deposit online usa casino

  33. casino online real money usa online gambling slots real money best online casinos
    for usa real money online casino washington dc

  34. casino world sign in gambling sites online online gambling sites real money real money online casino no deposit bonus codes

  35. best online usa casinos win real money online
    casino for free free online casino games online us casinos

  36. real money online slots konami slots riches penny slots 4u free slots no download

  37. free no downloads slots sim slot aftershockcasino brian christopher slots on youtube my vegas slots

  38. sims 4 counter slots aom red hawk slots tournament viva slots vegas free
    coins house of fun free slots

  39. jackpot magic slots blog slot machine casino skill slots app smt4a slot machines free games

  40. Can I simply say what a aid to seek out someone who actually knows what theyre speaking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know tips on how to convey an issue to mild and make it important. More folks must learn this and understand this side of the story. I cant consider youre no more fashionable because you positively have the gift.

  41. 比亞迪漢 sagt:

    Hi, every time i ued to check blopg pozts here early in the dawn, because i enjoy tto find out more annd more.

Leave a Reply to best online dating website

* fields required