HOT VOX POP QUIZ WITH LUNA NEPTUNE
Who is Luna Neptune? Where are you from, how long have you been playing music?
I’m a alt-folk solo artist and producer, originally from Scotland and now based in East London. I moved to London 5 years ago for work, and started making music as Luna Neptune in September 2016. I’ve always played music, growing up I had piano and harp lessons and played in school orchestras and folk groups. Over the years I’ve formed a number of bands who have played 1 gig and broken up immediately, so it’s nice to have some continuity as a solo artist.
Who came up with the name Luna Neptune and does it have a story or any meaning behind it?
Luna Neptune is a stage name. My real name is Larissa, which is also the name of one of the moons of Neptune. Luna means moon in Romance languages, and so Luna Neptune = Larissa. Neptune has 14 moons and the 5th closest to Neptune is Larissa, and was the reason I named my first EP 5th Moon.
If you had to describe your sound using just five words, what would they be?
Melancholy space pop folk rock
Who are your biggest influences musically?
I think the music you listen to as a teenager has a lot of influence, so Deftones, System of a Down, PJ Harvey, Biffy Clyro have all been pretty key. I was raised constantly listening to Radio 1 so pop music has definitely affected my sensibilities because I love a 2-3 min song. Over the last few years artists such as Mac De Marco, Tame Impala and Ty Segall have been very influential as it was learning about the way that they recorded music that really made me realise it was possible for me to reach for the sound I wanted as a solo artist.
What’s your songwriting process?
I write lyrics constantly, but often only fragments of lines or verses. Most songs really start to take shape on acoustic guitar. Other songs start with the beat first - I programme them in Logic and that creates a framework for everything else. Sometimes the title comes first, as was the case with my song The Illustrious Pen Thief. Other times a fragment of an idea comes up for something I’d like to experiment with later. When I get stuck (which is frequently) I just reach for the silliest, most exciting or stupidest noise I can find, and that generally gets things moving again.
When you were younger, what was the first album that blew you away and you remember putting on repeat non-stop?
As a toddler my parents had a tape that I was obsessed with, but I couldn’t read so had no idea what the band were. It wasn’t until I went to uni and my pal put on Duran Duran that I realised that was who I had been so obsessive with as a tiny person.
As a performer, what’s your biggest claim to fame so far?
I was super excited to play at Fairport’s Croperdy Convention this summer as I’m a massive fan of Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny. Recently Fresh On The Net picked my latest single Next Automated Wave as one of their fresh faves which I was really chuffed about. Earlier in the year I got to spend an afternoon making music at Abbey Road Studios, which was a proper Bucket List moment.
If you could go on tour with any current band or artist, who would it be and why?
King Gizzard/Dungen/Goat for the purely selfish reason that I’d get to watch them play every night.
If you could put your dream team band together consisting of any musicians from the past or present who would the band members be?
Theres so many people I’d want to join, it would end up sound like a horrendous mess, but
Drums - Geoff Barrow (BEAK>), Rob Turner (Go Go Penguin) and Johan Holmegard (Dungen)
Synths and Backing Vocals - Melody Prochet (Melody’s Echo Chamber)
More synths - Ben Goldwasser (MGMT)
Bass -Paul McCartney
Acoustic Guitar - Richard Thompson
Flute - Iain Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Nyckelharpa - Myrkur
How would you describe your live show to someone who has never seen you perform before?
Lots of spacey vocals, lilting somewhat forlorn guitar lines . Will probably tell you some stories about witches and give you some space facts. Common comments from the audience post gig is that it was “haunting” and vocally reminiscent of Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane.
Do any of you have any pre-gig or post gig rituals? If so, what and why?
What would your ultimate rider be if you could have anything without being accused of being a diva?
Probably just ask that people bring me their pets so I can hang out with them before the show.
If we were to browse your music library what is the most embarrassing song we might find? Or who is your guilty pleasure artist?
Probably Limp Bizkit
Tell us one thing your fans would be really shocked or surprised to hear or learn about you.
I once competed in the Scottish National Under 16’s Windsurfing Championships. I came in last place.
If people want to check you out online where is the best place to go?
www.LunaNeptune.co I’m on all the socials but use Insta most frequently, and tunes are up on Spotify so that’s a good place to listen.
Finally, What does the future hold for Luna Neptune?
I just recorded a new EP at Gun Factory Studios, engineered by Tom McFall (REM, Biffy Clyro, Bloc Party, Pete Doherty) which I’m really excited about. The songs are more reflective of my live show than my past 2 records and are all inspired by witches.. I’ll also be making a big tour announcement shortly, but thats all I can say for now….