1. How did you get your initial start in music?
Ruth: We all started out quite young. I had a much more musical-theatre background, but for some reason that light, innocent tone faded and the husk took over!! The boys all grew up playing various instruments and ended up joining bands in their teens, honed their craft and became the musicians they are today!
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
AB: We’d like to reach as many people as possible and be able to connect with those who can relate to our music on many levels. We definitely want to be known for delivering powerful, exciting shows. One of the best things about gigging is meeting new people, sharing experiences and learning new things from one another.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
Phil: As a band, about 2 years now. Personally, ever since I’ve owned a guitar. I sometimes write on piano but most of my inspiration comes when I pick up a guitar. However, my first compositions worth listening to didn’t come until I was around 18. Now, we all work together and push each to make better songs than any one of us could write on our own.
4.Who are your top three influences and why?
Ruth: My top three are Alabama Shakes, Etta James, Louis Armstrong. The boys are a lot more into their rock, such as the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fleetwood Mac. I think we do share in what it is we like about them all, though, for their individuality, creativity and energy. We try to draw from that in the studio and, more importantly, on the stage.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
Ruth: That it’s totally from the heart and I hope people can relate to the lyrics and enjoy the bluesy feel! Oh, and that there’s plenty more on the way soon!
Phil: It’s been getting some great reviews and a great reception when we play it live. One reviewer described it as “a heartfelt song about the loss and gain of true friendship. Hauntingly soulful with intense lyrics that unspool with a gentle power”. They’re right there! The single is coming out on iTunes, Spotify and many more on January 30th.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Mark: We’re based in London and love to play in Camden, Shoreditch, but we also love to play Brighton and Manchester. This is an area that we feel really strongly about. London as a music scene can be quite disparate and impersonal. There’s such an abundance of bands around and so many venues to go to that sometimes you can get quite lost in it all! I would love to be able to influence peoples’ attitudes towards unsigned music in London. Just because bands don’t have a big label behind them, with all the finance and marketing that goes with it, doesn’t mean they’re not any good! Some of the best nights out in London are just live pot-luck. You rock up to a venue with no idea what’s on, pay a fiver and see artists doing what they love, pouring all their heart in to it. I think people need to break away from only experiencing music through established artists to go and see how talented and passionate some unsigned acts really are!
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
AB: Hot Fiction are band we have a great relationship with, a two piece blues rock band, with powerful soulful vocals and awesome driving rhythms. You catch us playing together at the Monarch in Camden on the 10th of April.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Ruth: You can all the important stuff at www.mamamoonshine.co.uk – You can access our music and videos through the site and find all our upcoming events as well!
We also have a facebook: www.facebook.com/mamamoonshine, soundcloud: soundcloud.com/mama-moonshine and follow us on twitter @mama_moonshine.