You just can't hold a good woman down. gilli moon is proving that saying in a big way. She creating a storm in LA, getting rave reviews to boot. Now on home turf, does she go on a spree of self promotional gigs? No. She establishes an organisation for songwriters in hope to offer new writers the support that she never received.
- by Monique Lisa
DRUM MEDIA, Sydney
"One of the bookers booked me into this place on the beach in San Francisco that was full on death metal rock, and I go in there and my posters are on the wall and I'm thinking, "oh no, this is not gonna work, it's not gonna work, I'm gonna do this solo thing on the piano." By the end of the night, the room was full, people wearing their death metal t-shirts, and they all came up, bought my cds, joined my email list, it was really cool!"
Life on the road is obviously constantly full of surprises for gilli moon. But then, she's also gone from being an aspiring young singer songwriter from a little NSW country town to being an established artist and performer in Los Angeles from where she not only regularly tours around much of the US through the year but writes and records music for her own CDs as well as for television and film. And she's done it all independently. No wonder she has the confidence to pull off a solo gig in a death metal club.
"On the last album I had a song called Naked which is about being yourself and I'm very much about that when I perform and when I write. Especially when I'm with my band and I'm taking centre-stage. I end up doing a lot of different things, like I paint on stage now. I have no fear! It's a great feeling. It means you get to enjoy every day and just know that whatever happens, you just enjoy the moment, and I'm really, really enjoying being an artist. I think in the last six months I've really truly come into my own and I'm just very, very happy.
Musically, gilli pretty much covers the full gamut in terms of styles on her new album, Woman, from rock to cabaret, torch songs to dance pop.
"Absolutely, about being a woman, about how women have relationships with not only their partners but with the world. Like Temperamental Angel, I'm still covering personality and emotion, but this album is particularly about the female experience. When I came out of the Temperamental Angel experience I realized that I'd gone through angst and different stuff about my own career and personal growth and I felt that was very much like being a teenager, a lot of high emotions and a lot of anger. What I wanted to do with Woman was to show that she'd grown up, that she was strong.
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