I’ve been a fan of Moon Mirror’s music for a couple of years now. She’s a very talented songwriter and producer with a nearly classically trained ear for arrangement. Whether it’s gothic synth pop or a melodious piece for solo piano, her attention to detail and high sonic standards have always shone through.
This past summer she released her first official full length on Aural Sects and, at risk of this article becoming TLDR material, I’m going to let her do the rest of the talking.
HeatStroke: How long have you been making music? What were some of your early influences and first forays into production?
Moon Mirror: I was really interested in classical piano as a kid. My earliest influences were guys like Beethoven and Mozart. I always enjoyed writing songs.
HS: You seem equal parts songwriter and producer. How do you go about constructing songs? Do pre-written vocals inform the sonic palette, or do melodies and chord progressions create the framework for lyric writing?
HS: It may be a well kept secret, but not everyone making a name for themselves URL lives a luxurious “musical artiste” lifestyle IRL. How do you find balance between creating, promoting, performing, and paying rent/eating food/veterinarian bills etc?
MM: I’m less than nobody. It’s a shocker that people anywhere are listening to what I make. It’s the greatest compliment someone like me could receive. I work two jobs, so any free moment I get I try to spend on music. If I could do nothing but lock myself away and work on music I think I’d be producing quite a bit more. I don’t write music that has commercial appeal, I’d be extremely foolish to think I could ever make a living from what I create. I make music because I have to, I would never recommend my lifestyle to anyone.
HS: Where will social media take us in ten years? Apocalyptic levels of self-absorption? A Utopian realm of hyper-individuality? Or will Facebook and Twitter live and die by Millennial’s tolerance for it?
MM: Social media is the only platform for my music. Unlike real life, if you are on social media you are there by choice. Personally, I love the internet. I think it is one of humanity’s most important discoveries. I don’t take it for granted because who knows if it will even be available in 10 years? This is the golden age for internet. It might not last much longer.
HS: How important is collaboration to your work? From cover art, to work with other musicians, to fan feedback etc.
MM: All the collaborations I’ve done have come about simply because I was asked. I’ve been lucky enough to get requests for collabs from producers I really respect. It’s never been something I sought out on my own. There are also times when I’m asked and I can’t say yes. When it comes to cover art I’m hopeless, so I’ll probably always rely on better artists to save me in that department.
HS: What’s next for Moon Mirror? Label, no label? Live shows?
MM: I keep making more music. I’m deep into my next album, which I’m calling Omega. I can’t give too many details but “Raindrops“ will be included on it. No clue how it’s going to be released at this point. In fact, I’m not even thinking about that until it’s finished. I recently got asked to play a couple shows here in Portland in March and April, so I’m excited about that. I’ll be performing pretty much all new material, so that’s really the only way to get a preview at this point. I’d love to play more shows in more places. Of course I dream about doing a tour, but I wouldn’t even know where to start. My only real use is to make music, so I don’t think it’s smart to hope for more. I make the music I want to make and that’s what’s important.