I recently had a chance to ask Toronto duo, Moon King a series of questions centered around their background, their music and their current tour throughout Ontario and Quebec, there are still some dates on the rise, check them out if you have a chance:
April 14, 2016 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz
April 15, 2016 – Quebec City, QC @ Pantoum
April 16, 2016 – Ottawa, ON @ Pressed
April 22, 2016 – Timmins, ON @ The Working Class
April 23, 2016 – Sudbury, ON @ The Townhouse
First off, care to introduce yourselves to the readers?
I’m Daniel Benjamin from Moon King
How did you meet and form Moon King?
I grew up a few blocks from Maddy in downtown Toronto, we’ve been friends since we were kids. we started playing music together in high school, and started doing some shows as ‘Moon King’ around Toronto and in New York around 2011.
You released your debut album, Secret Life last year, how has the response been?
pretty good I think! though to be honest I don’t read any reviews or anything like that, I think it’s bad for an artist to pay too much attention to that stuff. but I’m glad people are listening to it.
You are currently working on your sophomore album, how has your sound changed since your debut release?
Can you give us any hints on what to expect from your new album?
the songs on Secret Life were all very bleak and sort of intentionally reflected some very negative parts of my life, kind of difficult to perform without feeling anxious all the time. I think the new songs have this more like, glowing kind of iridescent feeling to them where you’re feeling a little more relaxed and peaceful.
You’re on tour throughout April with stops throughout Ontario and Quebec, is there a certain stop you are most excited for?
it’s our first time playing in Quebec City, so I’m excited for that, I’ve actually never been there.
For someone who has yet to see you live, what should be expected from your shows?
no sleeves. I hate sleeves. also, some very bright lights.
If you had to describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?
hmmm maybe words like “glistening” , “lustrous” or “scintillating”, which is my favourite word.
When can fans throughout the rest of Canada expect a Moon King tour?
I’m not sure! hopefully very soon
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who are you current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
definitely Suuns, I listen to them a lot. also my friends Tops and Sean Nicholas Savage.
Here at Canadian Beats, we like to include a portion of questions that may help your fans learn something new about you, so here goes:
What was the first album you ever purchased?
Aqua – Aquarium
What was the last concert you attended as a fan?
Do you have any plans for festivals this summer?
hmmm not sure about that yet, I don’t think we’ll be touring much until the next record.
If you were to put together a festival lineup, which other Canadian bands/ artists would you want involved?
well, those three above (Suuns, Tops, Sean Nicholas Savage), also some other friends like Hooded Fang/Phedre, Braids, Blue Hawaii, HSY, Omhouse, Doomsquad…. it would be sweet to have a big friend jam in the woods, or in a quarry somewhere.
What is your favourite springtime activity?
watching the birds fly back home
What is one thing that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?
I just moved to Detroit! I’m surprised myself!
Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.