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Interview: New Indie Artist, MusiMoo Is Musi(c) To Our Ears

Interview: New Indie Artist, MusiMoo Is Musi(c) To Our Ears

You already know that we at The Honey POP are all about supporting up-and-coming artists. We’re so stoked to tell you about the indie artist who definitely needs to be on your radar, MusiMoo. We got the chance to talk to her, where she introduces herself on both an artist and personal level. We also talk inspiration, theme songs, Studio Ghibli, and more!

Hello and welcome to The Honey POP! We’re so excited to have you! For our readers who may not know who you are, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hello! I am 25 year old singer/songwriter/musician, MusiMoo. My name is a homage to my cat, Moose. I call him “Mosey Moo”. When I was thinking of a name for myself, I decided to combine “Mosey Moo” with “music” and got “MusiMoo”. I have been a musician since I was 8, starting with the guitar. I then delved into the world of drums a few years later.
From there, I was able to teach myself ukulele, bass guitar, and /some/ piano. I enjoy all types of music, which can be shown in my own music — I don’t really seem to have just one genre. I enjoy indie music, punk music, alternative rock, pop, and mostly everything in between. I am highly influenced by the sounds of No Rome, The 1975, and The Japanese House. When I write instrumentals and beats I am mostly influenced by k-pop groups like Stray Kids, TWICE, Blackpink, and ITZY.

You’ve been a musician for 15 years now. What inspired you to start writing your own music?
I began writing my own music in middle school. I remember I released an acoustic punk-pop song on Tumblr back in 2013. It got some good feedback, and ever since then I continued writing my own music. It wasn’t until my friend, who goes by “iWAV” in the music industry, invited me over one day and had music software, that I really fell in love with making beats/instrumentals and crafting my own full songs from those. Since then, I have just been trying new things and seeing what I get out of them.

What would you say your biggest accomplishment is so far?
Although I have not reached a very large audience yet, I’d say being able to go from the 8 year old who had to get a kid’s guitar to fit her tiny hands to the 25 year old writing and producing their own music is something I am very proud of. Having the opportunity of having THP write about me is pretty cool too!

For songs like ‘Safety Pin’ and ‘J Ride,’ which are more beat based, do you focus more on the rhythm or lyrics first?
The rhythm for those definitely came first. I finished the instrumentals and recorded vocals until I found a flow that I thought fit their vibe well.

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What does your creative process look like? Does it differ with writing melodies versus lyrics?
I 99% of the time start with a melody or simple chord progression. Sometimes I build off of reference songs and other times I think of a melody one day and hum it to find the notes. I then build off that. I’ll layer guitar and other instrumental melodies until I feel the sound feels “full” enough. From there, I map it out and chop up any part of the beat that feels right. I’ll occasionally use samples as well and stretch and chop those to fit the vibe of the song. I like an atmospheric/ambient vibe. I’ll then think of vocal melodies and the mixing (something I am still mastering) comes after all that.

What was the inspiration behind ‘Escape?’
‘Escape’ is about my fiance, Flo. We had been away from each other for a few months and I had thought one day while I couldn’t contact her, “I miss her, It’s almost like I’m homesick.” I wrote her a poem and had a guitar based instrumental already written from a previous date that I wanted to match the poem with. From there came this song.

Overall, your songs on SoundCloud have more of an indie vibe. Is there anything particular about ‘Open Conversations’ that you decided you wanted to go in a more punk direction?
I grew up listening to and learning guitar mostly based on pop punk music. Bands like Green Day, All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, and Neck Deep heavily influenced my music taste. When I wrote this song I was angsty and unforgiving, and I thought, “What better vibe to express that than a pop-punk influenced song” and I went from there.

What’s your favorite song you’ve written?
It’s an unreleased song called ‘Warning Signs.’

You’ve said that you’re open to collaborations. If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why?
I would love to collab with No Rome, as I am heavily influenced by his music. My single, ‘Warning Signs’, which will be on the album, is heavily influenced by his sound.

If you created your own theme song, what would it sound like?
I feel like it would have to be something indie-pop, but maybe also some hyperpop? Somehow mix those genres and that’s me, in my opinion. Maybe that will be my next project??

Image Source: Sam Brownell

You’ve posted a TikTok with a really cool Studio Ghibli inspired beat! You asked fans what their favorite Studio Ghibli movie is, but what’s yours?
Either Spirited Away or Kiki’s Delivery Service. I used to sit in my mom’s big recliner chair as a kid and watch Spirited Away with my older sister on a video tape, so it’s very nostalgic to me.

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You’re currently working on a full length album, Misc. Projects. In three words, how would you describe it?
Atmospheric indie pop. It will have a sound like my upcoming single, ‘Warning Signs.’

What do you hope that listeners take away from the album?
I hope they get the feelings from the instrumentals of joy, happiness, and being relaxed, but listen to the lyrics and their juxtaposition to the instrumentals as well. I want to create a feel good album that’s on repeat, spreading a message that it is
okay not to be okay.

We want to thank MusiMoo for taking the time to talk with us! Be sure to keep up to date with her music by following her on social media! Let us know if you fell in love with MusiMoo as much as we did, by letting us know in the comments, on Facebook, Instagram, or by tweeting us @thehoneypop!


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