For fans of: Mark Ronson, Spector, Buddy Holly
The Buzz: “…seamlessly mixes upbeat hip-hop grooves with jazzy beats and a charming pop sensibility that will keep everyone on their toes.” - The Blue Walrus
Must hear: I Wanna Be Your Man
Making noises in all the right places, Willy Moon will be releasing his new single Yeah Yeah on April 23 and debut album later this year.
Originally from New Zealand, Willy was raised by his sister. Aged 18 he decided that something had to give so he saved up and bought himself a one-way plane ticket to London, where he found hedonism, strife, financial insecurity and a surprising musical breakthrough.
Homelessness, jumped trains around Europe and a stint in Berlin all helped focus Willy’s sound which soon became I Wanna Be Your Man, a demo posted online and resulted in a deal with Island.
Island co-president Darcus Beese signed the deal and says, “Willy Moon is true artist, a no brainer signing. Writing and producing everything himself with a unique vision for his artistry.Willy is an incredibly exciting artist who's shifting the boundaries of pop in his own 'beyond cool' way.“
The release of Yeah Yeah at the end of 2012 has so far clocked up over 400,000 plays on YouTube and had Rough Trade calling it the ‘best single of the year’.
Since the start of the year, critics have been falling over themselves for Willy. Singled out in many of the 2012 ones to watch round-ups, Willy was given a page feature in Q magazine as part of their Faces of 2012. Two weeks ago he was named on the Sunday Times Style’s cool list of people and places to know this season.
Describing his sound as ‘The most insane music you’ve heard in the past decade. Like Mark Ronson, but sort of Buddy Holly, with a tinge of Wu-Tang.’ The Guardian called his debut single, ‘a brilliantly odd fusion of 50’s rock ‘n’ roll and modern fusion’, with the Evening Standard proclaiming Willy is ‘set to conquer the charts’.
Willy has recently taken his distinctive sound live, playing at YoYo and an NME Awards show at Heaven. Upcoming shows include a headline gig at the Hoxton Hall on April 16th and at the Camden Crawl on 5th & 6th May.
Oh, and he’s a pretty good dancer too…
See Willy Moon on the Artist Gateway.