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Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan | Established. Jan 01, 2021 | AFTRA

Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2021
Band Pop Hip Hop




"Watch: Interview with LoneMoon, Luna, and Plasticman"

We were fortunate to have an in-depth interview with LoneMoon about her just-released AOTY contender kit@Nai (pronounced kitanai like dirty in Japanese). Here’s what’s up.

This album came largely in part from a bad year for LoneMoon, a year full of people bringing her down, some deceptively shallow relationships, and to paraphrase in my own words… haters in general. From the ashes of getting burnt left and right this year, LoneMoon was able to capture her most emotionally sincere and triumphant sound yet on her stunner of an album. This brings us to the provocative cover of the album, which shows Luna (LoneMoon) herself riding on the bodybags of the haters. You can really hear that emotion on Luna’s self-proclaimed favorite on the album, brainleZz2.

We go into more detail here, and also discuss the importance of artists being able to separate their self-worth from their body of work.

Luna is based in Oklahoma where she was born, but lived and grew up in Japan for ten years, which significantly influences her work. A conversation about Luna’s other influences led us to her future aspiration of opening up even more than she has on this soul-bearing album, to let her deepest and most painful emotions show in her art, even if the process might be a lonely one.

Here’s me being exposed for not knowing anything about sailor moon, plus the introduction to our other two interview participants.

^and this track features Black Dresses, no less!

Hear about LoneMoon’s favourite artist of all time, which non-music artist she would most like to collaborate with, and which artist she would listen to if she were stranded on a desert island for 24 hours straight (which I responded to with an emphatic “no way”) here. - IndiePong

"Meet LoneMoon, the Oklahoma City Artist Who Named Herself to Free Herself"

Naming is a powerful and sacred thing. The act of naming yourself is even more so significant and momentous, and at times terrifying. For Oklahoma City artist LoneMoon, naming was the first in a long line of steps she recently took to surmount a towering fear of her own truth.

Officially coming out as a transgender woman on September 10, she is ready to, for the first time, introduce herself on her own terms: “I never really even thought of how I would even introduce myself to people, other than: ‘Hi, I’m Luna. I make music, and I want to make a difference in people’s lives.’ I want to, first and foremost, have an impact. Even if it’s just changing your perspective on small things.”

At 20 years old, the weight Luna has been carrying up to and following her coming out has been immense—concrete poured over a gentle soul. Yet, speaking to her over the phone, there is an attractive sense of clarity to her tone. “I definitely, definitely had to fight for it,” she tells me. “I think I always had a knowledge of the person that I wanted to be, but I was… ”

She pauses to consider the weight of her past. During these brief, pensive moments of our conversation, Moon’s music steps into a new light. Her forthcoming album better luck next time is insulated and rattling. No emotion or soundscape goes untouched, with Moon blending her electronic beginnings with technical raps and guttural crooning. Her writing is bare to a jarring degree, but her themes aptly unravel in stages. The music coils and untangles much like the threads of our conversation, where for every recollection of pain there is a subsequent healing.

better luck next time obviously arose from a solitary and lonesome place, but Moon sees that headspace as ever-so regenerative. “Most of the time, the thought that goes through my brain is: ‘I’m not sure if I’m ever going to get past that isolation and loneliness part of me,’" she admits. “In a way, it’s not even a negative thing. It’s more of a solitude and something I can confide in when nothing else is coming through. It’s kind of like a place I can recharge.”

What Luna cannot carry on her spirit, she ultimately leaves in the music. “Sometimes when I make tracks, they are the skin I have to shed or little time capsules that I put back there to remind myself that I’m not there anymore, and I’m doing better,” she surmises. That shedding and growth in real-time lend itself to a grip of explosive and cathartic moments on the album. But for every watershed moment on wax, there is an underlying and unresolved anxiety.

“My family is super conservative and, it’s not just the fact that they are conservative, it’s more how I was raised to just be the person that they wanted me to be,” Luna eventually picks up. “That comprised my entire life. That was a constant, just something that towered over me and made me scared.”

This fear followed Luna for the majority of her life, as she recounts in her Instagram post: “by the time i was 18, the fact that i had no identity to myself was absolutely terrifying.” In that same post, she names herself and begins the process of absolving herself of fear.

“[Naming] was a gigantic step, but the fear is still there,” she admits. “That’s mostly because at this point in my life it’s hard for me to separate from my family. That’s something that’s super temporary… I’m torn between wanting to talk to my family about it and realizing that it’s kind of a moot point at this time. It’s something that I’m going to have to sit on and think about, and approach it in a different manner, once I’ve had time.”

Timing is evidently on Luna’s mind, and the question of time brings with it an admission of guilt. “I care about people very much, and I don’t want to risk people that are close to me,” she says. “I don’t want anything to happen at their expense, because of me… I just feel bad in general about even things that are trivial. Even things that are trivial, I feel genuine guilt for, but I just carry it.”

In many ways splayed by her guilt, she delayed her coming out. In tandem, she was worried people would accuse her of shoring up a publicity stunt. Still, Luna was simply too tired to continue on as she was.

“Before I was set in stone about [coming out], it was difficult for me to get up out of bed in the morning,” she recalls. “It’s tough for me to separate these two personalities even though I truly believe there’s only one that should be me. I’m torn between the one that I’m forced to be around my family, and what pressed me to press send was to add tangibility to the real.”

“My first conversations with my sister and my mom, who I lived with at the time, were tough,” she adds “They made me definitely afraid that [being trans] may not be an actual thing. I know it is because I trust me more than I trust other people that think they know me… It’s like, that’s a tough-ass thing to deal with—people telling you, ‘No, you’re not.’ It’s like telling me that the skin on my face isn’t Black.”

Pressing send on her coming out post allowed Luna to make her identity indivisible, and also immediately made her a light for trans fans who continue to go unheard. “I got a couple of trans people inboxing me, talking about: ‘I enjoyed your music. It’s incredible to see that you came out,’” she says. “I didn’t even know these people were even interested in my music, you know? Craziness. That made me feel like I could do something.”

These affirmations and sense of community are critical. Listening through the album, Moon grapples with heavy questions on standout “what’s wrong with me,” particularly wondering if she deserves to live. Though there is a pep in her voice—moments where we allude to her girlfriend are particularly giddy and sweet—Luna still struggles to answer that question.

“Sometimes I feel like that answer is still something I need to find,” she reveals. “Other times, finding that answer is as simple as writing a new song or hanging out with my girlfriend. She’s extremely supportive, and cool. Just, extremely cool.”

On the whole, the record is questioning. At one point we muse over what souls look like, to which Luna attests her soul looks like “Power,” and in the future, she will need it to look like “the unbothered, spiritual passion of Black music.” Even still, on wax and in her day-to-day, Luna still lusts after the future in favor of living in the present.

“I feel like sometimes it’s tough to be here and have to go through the process,” she explains. “But going through the process is what’s going to inspire me. When I am there in the future, looking back, it’s going to inspire me to write some cool shit. I hope it inspires others and gives them a story that they can confide in.”

In the meantime, Luna is constantly practicing living for herself. “I started dressing more affirmingly,” she says. “My girlfriend gave me a bunch of dope clothes. I’ve been making a lot more music just talking about how my life is going, and how I’m taking steps in a direction that I believe is the first right direction in my life.

“In my view, there always was a fight for freedom. I see it as: you don’t fight something unless you don’t want to be afraid of it anymore. In order to gain my freedom, I’m willing to fight for it. I’m not trying to hurt anyone in the way, I just want to have the freedom to be myself.”

Stream "Say No More," LoneMoon's brand new single. - DJ Booth


Still working on that hot first release.



LoneMoon (real name Luna Starley) originated on Soundcloud in 2013 with music inspired by the electronic sounds of Deadmau5 and Madeon. Gospel, 80's pop music, smooth jazz and classical music from the radio was the environment from which the first tracks surfaced. Heavily successful in EDM as a teenager, Starley remixed pop sensation Greyson Chance's single "Hit & Run" in 2016 alongside dropping multiple Dubstep singles that would gain traction due to the unique melodic approach used. That unique melodic approach would be dubbed "Colourbass" by Leeds, UK producer Chime.

LoneMoon branched into hip-hop that year, which began the storytelling that would change her entire life. Later, in 2018, her song "NAW NAW" would go on to become her largest hit yet, with over 4 million streams in total. "NAW NAW" appeared on Emmy Nominated show Kipo & The Age of the Wonderbeasts. 2019 would see what she called her "first real debut" into hip hop, "andromeda" - which would have a track featured in another Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. LoneMoon's 2020 project, "kit@Nai" (the Japanese word, for "dirty" stylised and written in English characters), would show listeners Starley's affinity for the Japanese language, which would later be showcased in a 2-part, dazzling pop-rap performance in the form of 'majikal girlfriend' and 'misz mirai'. 

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