It’s that time again, when our man on the ground Desh Kapur Editor/Photographer All Music Magazine UK/Europe spotlights a bands or artists he thinks are going to have a big 2021 ; bands and artists we think you should check out to stay ahead of the curve
Today we’re introducing My Life As A Moth, as she releases commanding debut single ‘Chest Of Dress Up’. My Life As A Moth is a London-based, Swedish singer-songwriter. Whilst some mystery remains around My Life As A Moth, an undeniable desire to be free and express themselves creatively sits at the heart of their music. During the inception of ‘Chest Of Dress Up’ the musician explored recording the sounds of stomping feet, the crunch of gravel and the sounds of the natural world around her, as well as a plethora of other instruments (trumpet, harp, violin, cello and a range of percussion), and the result? An incredibly rich and engulfing sound that pulls you into another world entirely.
So we decided it was time to have a little chat to see where they came from, what they have been up to and what their plans for the future are.
What is the story behind your name?
On a very uninspired day I sat at my piano and found a dead moth lying on the keys. It inspired a song with the title that later became my artist name.
What first got you into music? or Who inspired you to make music?
From a very young age I loved when my mum sang lullabies to me; that’s when I first felt there was a certain magic to music. The Gorillaz CD on my walkman got me excited about music. My music teacher gave me confidence in the power of music.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Experimental, expressive, lyrical, big bridges/outros. One of my biggest creative joys is making each song different from the other and letting the red thread through them develop with that.
What is your creative process like?
It varies. I like to free-flow with the piano and sing over it in a ‘stream of consciousness’ kind of way and make sense of it after, picking out a little section that usually ends up inspiring something else. And always scribbling in my notebook.
If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?
The Rolling Stones. 14 year old me wants to perform ‘Dream On’ live with Aerosmith
What is one message you would give to your fans?
You can never listen to enough music.
What is the most useless talent you have?
Lack of balance.
Do you sing in the shower? What songs?
Absolutely. Anything by Celine Dion.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
Probably travelling with a backpack or running a market stall.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite and least favourite venues?
Mostly played small venues around London; the nice ones and the not so nice ones. My favourite place I performed is closed now; Betty’s Coffee, turned into an intimate venue at night, in Dalston.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yes! Got some shows lined up for March.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Anything with a good drum part. I love performing with live drums.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?
Wrapping my friend up from head to toe in cling film at school. (She was in on it).
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Be loyal to yourself.
What’s next for you?
Working towards an album release, and then writing the second album!
FOLLOW MY LIFE AS A MOTH
My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.