Check out the video for ‘Queen of Sheba’ below.
All artists go through periods where they seem to lack creativity, when you’re experiencing one of these phases, what do you do to get yourself out of it?
I sing ‘Yellow Submarine’ at the local old folks home, or walk down the street to the park, read books, look to the moon, steal a few anchovies from Coles, go for a swim, pull some tarot cards, go to the ocean, enjoy the spirits.
What is your favourite track to perform live?
It changes. But there’s a song called ‘On The Day That I Was Born’ where I get to blow some wild mercury harmonica and set myself free. It’s always a rousing experience to play that song. It feels right.
Aside from other artists and music, what inspires you?
The moon. Love. People. Strangers. Memories. Dreams. The subconscious.
Most people ascribe to one idea or another about how the universe began, what do you reckon about it all?
Cosmic Aum? Big beard man in the sky? Big bang? A laughing pterodactyl? A heavy gust of wind? The division of a blob into masculine and feminine? A ray of light? I don’t know if there is an answer. It’s a zen thing. The deepest koan there is. Impossible to answer, which makes it all the more worthwhile pondering. The dreamer dreams a dream that we dream? Maybe the universe never began at all? Perhaps it’s more circular and as we travel away from the beginning, we travel towards the beginning. Over and over.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?
Self-doubt. When I first started playing some of the songs on the record live, it really freaked me out cos I didn’t know if I was a liar or not. I was unsure if I was able to stand behind some of the songs. I’ve since found out the songs do stand up and I can deliver them with conviction and understanding. But it’s always precarious accessing those emotions.
Without invoking genre, describe your music…
It’s a kinda like a watery, midnight dream on the moon. There is no time and the ghost that lives there is friendly but has no face. You’re filled with memories of all your loved ones, and desires unmet for sweetness. And there’s a big, lush garden full of wildflowers with an ocean in the middle where you can swim. The sirens live there and play their harps and coo. There’s a space cantina where spirits sip on cocktails and dance the psychotropic boogaloo. There’s some kind of ache in the back of the land and you try to find out what that ache is.
What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?
Aldous Harding. Her presence, her singing, her songs, her lyrics are phenomenal. Her new songs were amazing too.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
Hopefully on the stereo in people’s dreams. Or on streaming services. There’s a few vinyl records that are in a big shipping container coming from somewhere in Czechoslovakia. There’s an octomobile skating on a pink mountain on the front cover and an epic landscape on the back made by Dali Platt. There’s a clear moon vinyl in there too that I’m excited to touch. By the time this goes live, it should be available for purchase at record stores and at gigs. There’s about 5 Moonlover music videos floating on the internet. I also sing around town often. Mostly in Melbourne, but this year I hope to reach more people across Australia.
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
I asked my father to see if he could make some calls to the Vietnamese community and get me a slot at some of the Lunar New Year festivals in Melbourne. He did and I got to sing some songs at 3 of the festivals. I have a song called ‘The Wait’ that ain’t on the album, but it’s a song about the man’s life and the amazing courage he had to lead his family out of Vietnam by boat. It was very special singing this song with him in the audience.
How would you describe ‘success‘ for your band?
I would like to just keep climbing the tower of song.
Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?
This year, I look forward to more music from Jaala, Gabriella Cohen and Jade Imagine.