Moon Interviews: Sara Ryan

Preamble

After the success of her debut single ‘Belle,‘ County Kildare born Ryan busied herself preparing and releasing her now award-winning EP ‘Glitter Skies.‘ This year Ryan’s crowd-funded debut album is due for release in May. I caught up with her just before the release of the single ‘Rise Up,’ featuring Steo Wall.

Sara Ryan - Musician
Sara Ryan – Musician

1. Who or what was your earliest musical inspiration, that piqued your interest?

A lot of things inspired me growing up. I was a big thinker, I always have been, my Da said to me one day to write it all down. I have always loved to sing and I remember one day realizing I could combine singing and writing together to create a song, and this blew my mind. I started to do this from a very early age and have been doing this ever since. It’s my expression. One of the other main inspirations was being in such a musical town. I grew up in Newbridge, Co. Kildare in my early years and within the town there were so many musical opportunities as a child. This was hugely inspiring as I was absorbed in so many different styles of music. I grew up listening to his Christy Moore and Luka Bloom CD’s at home in Newbridge. I used to sing along to their songs and work out the chords on the guitar, this inspired me with writing my own songs. I have always been so passionate about singing and I sang anywhere I could when I was young, in musical theatre shows, trad groups, and choirs.

 2. What was the driving force behind this album?

Recording an album has always been a dream, and I am so over the moon to be doing this. It genuinely feels like a dream come true. Writing songs for me has always been about expression, but songwriting and singing is also about connection. Music is all about connecting and music has always made me feel as if I wasn’t alone. In writing songs, my goal is to be that vessel for people who listen to my songs. I write about the deepest darkest parts of myself and the most euphoric and vibrant parts of myself. Everyone has darkness and light and that’s the beauty of music, if it’s relatable, that’s what it’s all about. I love so many different kinds of music. My influences derive from different styles, folk, blues, soul, and country. This album is a combination of all of these styles. I’ve had the pleasure of working with outstanding musicians. It was brilliant to be a studio where myself and the band could be wonderfully creative through the whole process.

3. What has the music taught you during the creative process of your upcoming album?

The music has taught me that every song has a voice. I would even go as far to say, each lyric has its own sound. It’s vital for me to have the lyric of each song conveyed musical in a way that highlights the lyric and message of the song, this is the core of every song. Each sound created, each beat, each melody, etc. are all created to help the lyric come to life.

4. Were you influenced by anything or anyone during the writing process?

Throughout the writing process I was listening to a lot of Rhiannon Giddens, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt, Erykah Badu, Damien Dempsey and Gillian Welch. Each of these artists stylistically add something so unique and authentic. Rhiannon Giddens isn’t afraid to write about real and raw issues of history and of today’s world. Robert Plant’s arrangements of songs are so tribal and hypnotic. Bonnie Raitt is immersed in blues and passion. Erykah Badu’s tone is by far my favourite style of singing to listen to, so smooth and soulful. Damien Dempsey, much like Rhiannon is unafraid to write about the subjects that everyone else is afraid to say, his music is only thing that truly helps me through my dark days. Gillian Welch has sheer and utter craft in everything she does from writing, guitar playing to sing and accompanied by David Rawlings who responds to each lyric that she sings, how beautiful. So each of these artists really influenced the sound that I wanted to create for this album and the way I wrote. I chose to let me my walls down and write about what it feels like to live in the Ireland of today at 23.

5. What are your main desires to write music?

My main desire to write music is just purely because I love it, with every fiber of my being. It’s my calling and my purpose. It is release, expression, creativity and it takes me to another realm which allows me to escape while also delving into each part of myself, my reality and my experiences. I also just adore melody and exploring new melodies through singing. It’s the best feeling in the world.

Sara Ryan - Musician
Sara Ryan – Musician

6. How would you describe the music scene in your city & how important was it in terms of writing your album?

The music scene in Cork City is pretty amazing. Every night of the week there is music on, in a variety of different styles – blues, folk, jazz soul, country, funk. Ever since I moved to Cork I’ve been trying to take it all in. It’s very inspiring being surrounded by musicians who share the same passion. It’s a very supportive city and everyone just loves what they do and support each other. My second home is Ennistymon, Co. Clare, and Clare has blown my mind. The music scene in Clare is extremely spiritual. Everyone is so open to every style of music and the sessions are free for anyone to play along with the other musicians performing. From spending time in Clare I’ve had the opportunity to perform my songs with trad musicians in the area which gave my songs a whole new lease of life. Between Cork and Clare, I’m very lucky to experience such a welcoming and influential music scenes.

7. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

Lately it’s, ‘Soft Rain’, by Damien Dempsey. This song is spoken word and music. It’s gentle and vulnerable and it transports me to a peaceful place.

Sara Ryan - Musician
Sara Ryan – Musician

8. What’s the best compliment you’ve received regarding your music?

A very close friend said to me once, it seems like I’ve been here before and that my lyrics are on the same level as Joni Mitchell. I nearly fell off my chair to receive such a compliment, I couldn’t believe it.

9. Will we get any music videos for this upcoming release?

Yes! Myself and Steo Wall are releasing ‘Rise Up’, the first track from my Debut Album, and we are so excited to share the song and video with the world.

10. What song of yours is your favourite and why?

At the moment my favourite is probably, ‘Breathe’. It’s really fun to sing with the band and solo, and it also holds a special place in my heart.

11. Who would your dream collaboration be with living or dead?

My dream collaboration would be to sing with Joni Mitchell.

12. Would you like to say to anything to your fans?

Thank you, with all of my heart and soul for your support, kindness and belief in me. It fills my heart with so much love that people listen to my music and support me and my songs. It really means the world to me. I am so eternally grateful that you listen to me songs and my stories and I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon. Loads of love to yee Xxxx

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Moon Interview: Lee Hall

Author – Lee Hall

 

Preamble

Guys! I finally interviewed our fellow blogger brethren Lee Hall. I have wanted to do this for a while, and I finally got my shit together.

I’ve reviewed 2 of his 4 books previously which you can find here, and there will be a review for my 500th follower special! So keep your eyeballs peeled for that!

You can find him on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Facebook, and his awesome blog Lee’s Hall of Information, which let’s be honest, is a great name for a blog!

So without further ado!

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Lee Hall

Q1. You say you’re a rock and roll man. Tell us about the rock and rollers that inspired you to create.

Well, music is a huge part of my life, rock music is just one of the many genres I listen to. My number one go-to band is the Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is not only a musician but a craftsman and pretty much the spirit animal of rock and roll, man.

Guns n’ Roses were a huge influence when I was younger along with Green Day, Bon Jovi, Nickelback, The Goo Goo dolls and The Offspring but you’ll find a huge array of other stuff on my playlists like Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum, Pink, Meatloaf, Daughtry, Take That and the Zac Brown Band.

I near enough drive every day so that gives me a bunch of time to not only listen but to think about how the hell I’m going to write myself out of the next story I’ve got myself in. Sometimes to do that I need some serious tunes.   

Q2. If you could write a book with anyone, in the fashion of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s “Good Omens,” for example, who would be your top choice?

Without doubt my choice would be Stephen King who is most probably the greatest American storyteller of a generation. I think our genres match and he would do the depraved horror stuff while I do the characters.

Q3. Can you remember the first time you tried to spin a yarn? If you can what was it about?

Way back when I’ll happily admit the kid version of me was a pathological liar. I still suffer from exaggeration syndrome (I mean who doesn’t spice up a story?). My lying days are very much over though and didn’t last that long, my old man pulled me to one side and told me that pretty epic story about the wolf and the lying phase was over… My efforts for that sort of thing are now channeled into creating stories.

Lee Hall

Q4. What are your main motivations to write?

My top motivation is the desire to immerse others into stories like I have been immersed. That sounds kind of vague or deep, but there are books out there that have a way of totally immersing a reader to a point where they forget everything surrounding them, it’s sort of a floating feeling, I’ve only had such feeling on a few occasions, that feeling is what I chase when writing.

Q5. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received in regards to your work?

Earlier this year the pantomime play I wrote received a standing ovation after one of the performances. That was a quite a moment, for a little while it was as if somebody was cutting onions nearby because my eyes were watering.

The best compliments I have received (for my books) are in the form of some pretty epic reviews, a couple which you have left!

Q6. Which character is your favourite to write from any of your books?

My books have a tendency to make supporting characters seem better than the main characters. This is apparent in both Open Evening and Darke Blood so I shall have to provide you with two characters.

Twister and Caitlyn; both of which carry the ‘badass trait’ along with having an interesting history. It sure would be awesome if these two characters met… truth is they will, in the Darke Blood sequel! I shall say no more…

Q7. What do you feel is your primary goal in life?

Life goals tend to evolve and change with the person. Right now for me it’s to tell stories and get better at it. Where it will lead is up to luck, fate and how hard one works.

Lee Hall
Lee Hall

Q8. You are a well-established blogger, what was your reasoning for sharing your thoughts through this medium?

Well thank you. Blogging is a great way of speaking without being interrupted, it is also a great way to gain more attention, followers and a readership. You also get to meet some likeminded fellow bloggers and learn from them.

Some years ago, when I decided to take this stuff seriously I read a self-help book which had some great advice about getting published and building a following by starting a blog. So that’s where it began.

 Successful blogging is an art form and to write something with broad appeal, takes time to master; something I am learning constantly.

Q9. Who are your favourite authors to read, and do you have a favourite book?

My mount Rushmore of authors consists of Arthur Conan Doyle, Michael Crichton, Stephen King and Joss Whedon (he technically isn’t an author but his writing has shaped mine).

And as for favorite book; The Lost World by Conan Doyle and where I first had my real immersive experience.

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Q10. Your work is very character orientated which makes for good reading. What kind of characters are the most entertaining to read? How do you make a publish-worthy character?

I enjoy a character that develops during the course of a story; I think it’s important to convey the fact that first impressions aren’t everything and the story itself has an effect on every character. The perceived coward becoming the unsung hero is a trope that draws me in. I also have a lot of time for the ordinary person who stands for something extra ordinary.

I find some of my characters by giving them a basis that is taken from a real person; whether that be myself in part or someone I have known or know. Even if it is something as a behavioral trait that I have adapted or what someone has said to me in the past; in essence that’s what makes them real just with the fictional volume turned all the way up and the name changed (that’s important, especially to avoid lawsuits).

Kurt Wiseman (The Teleporter) is probably the closest persona to my own I have ever created but I don’t need a super power to learn what responsibility of power is. And I know when to stop with the booze, most of the time, but in between tequila’s is where my downfall emerges.

Q11. What is your strangest writing quirk?

My strangest writing quirk would be that I very rarely plan what I write. There are writers out there who lay out chapters with spreadsheets and tables, for me that’s way too rigid and constricting. Most readers will want to take on a story for the fact they don’t know where it will go, I like to do that with the writing process also.

I will normally have a few core characters, a story concept, setting and probably the finish. I didn’t even have that (a finish) for Darke Blood hence the struggle to draft it but some argue its my best work.

A true creative writer will be able to take a basic concept, some characters and ride the words to find the rest. That process hasn’t let me down yet. 

Q12. What is the best advice you can give to unpublished authors?

If you really want this then put in the time and know that you will have homework for the rest of your life (but that’s a good thing right?). Busy people get things done!

When I first started taking this whole deal seriously I would come home from work at around 4:30pm and write every weekday evening until 9:30pm. I clocked up some serious hours and words, pretty much destroying my laptop’s keyboard. To begin with I would produce probably 30 minutes worth of good readable stuff in that time . That was six years ago. And now when I write for 30 minutes, I get 30 minutes worth of good readable stuff. That leaves a whole lot more time to read which is just as important to writing.

Study the stories you love whether its books, cinema or television. Tap into why you love them and channel that into your own work.

Writing is a craft that cannot be taught. However you can be taught language, plot, theme, punctuation, spelling and grammar, but nobody can teach someone else to write, that is something you must find within yourself. And you can only find that by writing.

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“Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties.” – Review

Author – Kellie Doherty

PREAMBLE

*This is a spoiler FREE review*

Let us begin first of all with the important news that “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties,” is out tomorrow! Go follow Kellie on Twitter so that you don’t miss it. If you can’t wait, there is a sneak peek available here.

“Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties”

I had the absolute pleasure of reading the book in advance of its release. Although I have a reviewer copy, all the opinions below are mine. They are in no way influenced by the author. This is the chance they take when they ask someone to review.

That being said we can begin without the worry of bias.

THE REVIEW

This review will be spoiler free, however, there will be some pieces of information trickled through where I think an explanation is required.

Sometimes the eyes we get to see through, aren’t the one we might have picked. The character Dylori is wonderfully interesting. Beautiful, strong, independent, yet kind and fair. She is a natural leader and her abilities as a Moon Knight have propelled her through the ranks. We cannot help but love her as soon as we meet her.

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Dylori – The Moon Knight

Yet Misti is our protagonist and from the outset, we can see she is quite flawed. It is in her flaws, however, that makes her accessible to us. She is nuanced, messy, and struggling with her role as a Moon Knight. In the first few pages alone she lets herself down more than once. She also implies she abandoned her younger siblings. She could no longer live with her parents and leaves on her 18th year to join the Moon Knights.

Misti, our delicate yet resilient champion, struggles throughout with inner turmoil. Her feelings for her friend and superior Dylori often get in the way. Making her decisions and judgement muddled. Misti is afraid of both ruining the friendship they’ve built, while also appearing weak.

In the opening chapter, Misti is affixed with a pendant by the adversaries of the book. This orb sucks the life out of all night creatures that venture near her, and she blames herself. She also possesses magic. The Vagari, of which she is a member, have orange crafting magic and a connection with animals.

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Zora

The story has undercurrents of animal rights, and vegetarianism is dealt with in a gentle way. Animals are treated with the highest respect in the Vagarian culture. Aluriahian law (the law of the land) prohibits cruelty. Throughout the book, we are treated to different kinds of creatures with fierce loyalty and sentient intelligence. We see each Vagari is paired to an animal companion, and Misti is no different. Her companion Zora (pictured above), fights alongside her. Zora is missing when we meet our hero first, and she Misti carries around an orange feather of hers for comfort.

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Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties

Doherty’s writing style dangles just enough world information dotted throughout conversations, to intrigue the reader without burdening you with the details. The campaign we follow grips us, holding us hostage to the end. The world assembled is one of literal night and day. Where the creatures and people of the night are harmonious. While the day is filled with despicable banished souls and vicious versions of otherwise tame animals.

Misti is the underdog. In relation to all the bloodlines within the Vagari race, hers does not have the brute strength of the others. Yet she has endurance and stamina. These qualities make her engaging and we long for her to redeem herself. The hero’s journey, of finding what she needs to survive, inside herself.

You will love this story, so don’t forget to get your own copy when it’s available tomorrow!

ANYTHING ELSE?

Yes, it’s wonderful news actually. Kellie Doherty has written 2 other books, she is the author of the ‘Cicatrix Duology.‘ I have linked this down below so you can easily grab yourself a copy. You can also follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. You know, the usual places.

A big thank you to Kellie for letting me use her images and for giving me a chance to review this book. What a ride it was.

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Indie Sundays: Kellie Doherty

Preamble

This Indie Sunday features an interview with author Kellie Doherty. Her third novel, “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties” is due to hit the proverbial shelves on the 27th of March 2019.

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Questions for Author – Kellie Doherty

Q1.  I see you are a fellow Ravenclaw. Did books like the Harry Potter series help shape you as an author and your book “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties?”

Ravenclaw for life! Yes, the Harry Potter series was the first spark of inspiration to move from the fanfiction I had originally been writing into original fiction. After reading the first couple of Harry Potter books, I realized I wanted to create my own worlds and characters and stories. It gave me the push I needed. I was especially hooked on magic and really wanted to craft my own set of magical rules and abilities. One of my first original fiction short stories had teenagers transforming into dragons! Looking back the story was…bad (ha!), but it fueled my creative fire and eventually led me to writing Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties! Books were, and still are, the greatest sources of inspiration for me as an author, seeing how other authors introduced their characters and deepened them, how they spun their tales and twisted plots, how they used setting to portray the characters in certain lights. It’s amazing what writers can achieve, and I hope to be an inspiration to someone else someday.

Q2.  Many writers have been creating forever. What is your first memory of spinning a yarn?

My first memory of writing is being in Florida on vacation back in 2001 and scribbling ideas in a notebook while watching the latest episode of Digimon Tamers. I really loved Renamon, the fox Digimon, and wanted to create a story in which my character was her tamer. I wrote the first chapter while on vacation and finished the story when I got home. I don’t remember much of the plotline or even the character I created, but I do remember how I wanted to separate my Renamon from the Digimon Tamer’s original Digimon, so my Renamon was bright blue instead of the usual yellow. I distinctly remember being super proud of myself for coming up with a color distinction like that. (Way to go, twelve-year-old me!)

Q3.  “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties,” will be your third novel. You also have a productive career as a poet and flash fiction author. What are your overall goals for writing?

Wow, good question! My goal as a writer has always been to get my stories out there in the world and hopefully be an inspiration for new writers, like how I was inspired by others. I also hope to bring more positive representation for female main characters and for queer characters, since there hasn’t been much of it. (Though it is getting better.) And one of my current goals for writing is to finish my five-book fantasy series—book one Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties comes out on March 27, 2019 from Desert Palm Press and I’m currently working on book two!

Q4.  Your work has been included in some queer compilations. Do you feel the representation of the LQBTQ+ community within the medium of books is becoming more inclusive?

Yes, I do feel like the publishing perspective of the overall LGBTQ+ representation is trying to be better and more positive, but I also feel like we have a long way to go. #WeNeedDiverseBooks is a great organization striving to get more diversity in children’s books, and not just queer folk but people of color and varying disabilities as well. We need more diversity in adult books, too! There’s more conversation around #ownvoices, and adequately and respectfully representing diversity, but there is still a massive lack in publishing professionals and authors. Just like we need more POC and disabled folk in publishing, we need also more queer authors and publishing professionals to share their stories! So yes, I am happy with the push for diverse voices in the current publishing landscape, but we have a long way to go for equality.

Q5.  Who are your favourite authors to read, and do you have a favourite book?

There are too many books and authors to chose from! I have a lot of favorite authors—V.E. Schwab, Becky Chambers, Tomi Adeyemi, Patrick Ruthfoss, John Green—and I’ll pretty much pick up every story they write, but my current favorite has to land squarely on Hank Green’s new YA book An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It’s his debut science fiction novel, and it’s quite intriguing. I love how conversational and snarky his protagonist, April May, is!

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Kellie Doherty

Q6.  Your upcoming novel, “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties,” is of the fantasy genre, as are your previously published books. Where do you get ideas for these kinds of stories?

Actually, my previously published books—Finding Hekate and Losing Hold—have been in the science fiction realm! Like most writers, I get the ideas for my stories from a lot of different places. Sometimes the characters hit me on a random Saturday afternoon while taking a walk outside, sometimes a spark of a plot will tug on my mind while watching a show, and sometimes I’ll just ask myself “what if” and the story will unfold from there. Most of the time a story idea will hit while I’m working on my current work in progress! I can’t work on two stories at once, so while my mind is firmly set on fantasy for the time being, I have random notes for other genres and characters.

Q7.  What can you tell us about “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties,” that surprised even you?

Oo, there are a couple! Arias Silverstone, who is an Elu dabbler, was a shock to me in that she decided to go with Misti and Dylori on their quest. I had originally made her to be a one-and-done character, like a tertiary character who helped Misti along, but then I really loved their interactions and she just…decided to help. Her backstory was also a surprise, but I won’t spoil it here. Plus, there is a particular scene in the middle of the book where Misti has a romantic revelation and accompanying outburst that I didn’t plan for.

Q8.  I seen on your website that your main character Misti from “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties,”  has a cute animal companion Zora. How important are animals in a story, especially stories within the fantasy genre?

In general, I think beasts are super important to help flesh out fantasy worldbuilding. Where else can you find such cool mythological creatures like dragons and basilisks, griffins and phoenixes? They’re fun to play with in a fantasy world, too, whether the beast is chasing down the hero or providing aid. In Sunkissed Feathers animals are super important, mainly because Misti is a Vagari, who’s crafting (magic) is tethered to the animals of the world. The Vagari have varying creature bloodlines, and they get their crafting abilities from that bloodline. So a dragon bloodline would be able to throw fire, a pyrewolf bloodline would extend fingers into claws, that kind of thing. Like I said, it’s fun to play with those fantastical beasts and explore how they would (or wouldn’t) interact with the magical aspects of the world.

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Kellie Doherty

Q9.  What is the best compliment you’ve ever received from one of your readers?

Ahh, my readers are so sweet, and I love their comments! I’d have to say the best compliment I’ve gotten thus far was when a non-science fiction reader told me they loved Finding Hekate.

Q10.  What, in your opinion, makes a story good, what makes it publish-worthy?

Interesting narration, compelling characters that readers can relate to and have agency in the story, three-dimensional villains with good backstories, and unique settings are all so important for creating a good story. I love it when there’s a twist in the plot that I didn’t see coming but is actually sprinkled throughout the narration and readers can catch them on a second read. Give me all the magic and dragons, tech and spaceships, queer characters and diverse stories!

Q11.  What is your strangest writing quirk?

Hmm, well for Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties, I made it a habit to listen to the same Lord of the Rings soundtrack mix the entire time I wrote the novel. It’s a thirteen-minute mix so I’d listen to it on repeat to help me focus and set the mood. No matter where I wrote the story—on a plane, in a coffee shop, at home, at work—I’d listen to this one mix. Even during the editing phase! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chLZQtCold8 if you want to link it)

Q12.  Finally, what would you say to any young writer starting out on their journey, who might have a fantasy story to tell like “Sunkissed Feathers & Severed Ties,” and who may be afraid their story will get lost?

Your story is important, so keep writing it. Don’t be afraid to take risks in the magical sense! I know fantasy worldbuilding can be overwhelming, so if you’re worried about the story getting lost under the fantasy elements, start small. Add just one magic-user to the mix and see how it feels. Incorporate some mythological beasts and see where it takes you. You can even start small in the sense of having all of your main characters in one tiny village and growing the world out from there; you don’t need to know the whole world and all the magic-related rules to start writing fantasy. If you’re worried about your novel getting lost among all the other books out there, don’t let that stop you from writing. Each story is unique in their own right and yours will be, too! So keep writing, keep creating, and the rest will fall into place. If and when your story is published you’ll find a way to get it out there in the world. And, if all else fails, add a dragon if you get stuck!

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Kellie Doherty

Moon Interviews: Pussy Tantrum

Preamble

https://pussytantrum.com/

Yes, you heard that right, I’m interviewing fellow blogger; the genre master, Pussy Tantrum. My reasoning was originally I was just interested in their work. There is a certain enigma to their respective sites. However, the more I viewed their endeavours the more curious I became.

In a world where outcry/cancel culture is rampant, I worry for artists and writers like Pussy Tantrum. They say themselves that they are not making millions off their work, but they are working none the less. However, they may not be everyone’s proverbial cup of tea and challenge the status quo. So in accordance with this, they often are punished for it.

They were banned from Twitter 5 times according to them, and while they probably more or less broke Twitter’s terms of service, it’s their banishment from Amazon which disturbs me. Although Amazon took down a book, which Pussy Tantrum themselves admits may have been problematic, they also banned them, (and the rest of their 15 other books), for life.

The interview follows, and I would like to whole-heartedly thank Pussy Tantrum for taking the time to answer the questions. Let me know what you think about their answers in the comments down below.

Q1 You go by many names, now I won’t ask you for your real name, but who do you identify as for the purpose of this interview?

I identify as Pussy Tantrum currently. For a long time I went as Kitty Glitter but I no longer like that name, but there is still a slot machine named Kitty Glitter. I actually won $800 playing on it one time.

Q2 How are you feeling right now about social media? I read somewhere that you were banned from Twitter.

I think social media is pretty lame for the most part. I also think the internet is lame mostly, but Instagram is okay, it’s the least bad of the social medias. I was banned from Twitter for being off the hook, they thought that I was too hardcore. It’s probably the fifth time I was banned from Twitter, at this point I have no interest in making another account on there. It seems to be a dying platform and everyone on there is always mad. I feel like the MySpace era was the best time for social media. Everyone on MySpace was fun and happy, it was the time of Stevie Ryan, a time when Stevie Ryan ruled the world and a young Katy Perry was just getting started. Katy Perry was a MySpace star before she ever became a real world star. I miss MySpace and I miss the LG Chocolate telephone, I still feel that it was the best phone ever!

Q3 I’ve listened to your podcast, ‘Pussy Centipede’ and I must admit I’m intrigued. However you received a scathing review on Stitcher 2 months ago. How does reviews like this make you feel about your work?

The Pussy Centipede is the most important podcast ever, but to experience it properly you must listen to the episodes in the proper sequence starting with episode one. I don’t really care about bad reviews. Everything I like has one star reviews. I feel that reviews are just opinions and that they are bound to vary, but if a restaurant has too many bad reviews I won’t eat there. Nothing is worse than gross food, a bad movie won’t make you sick. Make sure to tell everyone you know about The Pussy Centipede though, it’s so important to society, I think it’s going to change the world!

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Q4 Tell me about Jill Banner, you cite her as your muse, what is it about her?

I love Jill Banner. She mostly only starred in the film Spider Baby and some random episodes of Dragnet. She also dated Marlon Brando, people say she was the love of Marlon Brando’s life. She died in a car accident in her early 30’s so who knows what could have happened with her career? Quentin Tarantino is a huge fan of Spider Baby, I’m sure if she had lived longer he would have cast her in all his films, I’m sure Rob Zombie would have as well. That’s just the kind of superstar she was. Her performance in Spider Baby is probably the most brilliant film performance ever, and she was only 17 when she did it, and she wasn’t a trained actress. So she was totally an outsider artist, her performance in that film was outsider art! She was also really hot and pretty. I would say that she was hotter than Katy Perry, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Hailee Steinfeld. I think that’s saying alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must watch Spider Baby now!

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Jill Banner in “Spider Baby.”

In addition I would say that Jill Banner is a perfect symbol of outsider art or things that are good. I think Spider Baby is the best movie ever and that nothing has ever been made that is better than Spider Baby. But it’s a movie that’s like on the outside. Being an insider is lame though, and boring. In a recent interview John Waters said that being an outsider is bad now because Trump was an outsider and John Waters hates him or something. But I think he is just old and political now and he is boring now. That’s why it’s good when people die young, if you die young you will stay cool forever like James Dean. But it’s sad that Jill Banner died young.

Q5 You self-identify as a ghetto outsider. What circumstances have directed your life in this way?

I probably identify as ghetto because I grew up in Queens in the 80’s. That was before NYC was totally gentrified and safe. I got into fights all the time and got robbed a lot. The first three bikes I ever had were robbed off me so that hardened me and made me ghetto. People used to throw eggs all over the place on Halloween back then, and it was dangerous. I also worked as a janitor for a long time at The New York Times. I cleaned the toilets and the reporters at the NY Times would poop really bad all over the place, I saw so much bad poop, and that made me be on the outside I guess. I was on the outside looking in while everyone was locked inside the stall of the bathroom pooping and waiting for me to clean their poop.

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Also I’m not rich or famous and don’t really get paid to make the art I do. If Andy Warhol was still alive he would have discovered me and made me a superstar. I would have been chilling at The Factory with Hayden Christensen and Sienna Miller. I would have been an insider, but without Andy Warhol I shall remain on the outside. I am not motivated to be creative, it’s just a compulsion. It’s impossible for me not to make crappy stuff or record crappy podcasts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Q6 What is your primary goal in life, and are you living towards that goal?

I once had a goal of a writing a book that would be totally famous and totally notorious. But I already achieved that goal in 2012 by writing Wesley Crusher: Teenage Fuck Machine. If you Google it you will see that it was totally famous and totally notorious. So after that I no longer had any goals. I have seen Katy Perry live on three separate occasions. I have also seen Poppy three times. I guess those are goals. Maybe seeing them both ten times each will be goals. I am currently planning to make a show called Pussy High. I am going to shoot it all on MiniDV tapes and instead of actors I am using a combination of Barbie dolls and homemade dolls. That is probably a goal too. I’m generally living towards that goal. I would also like to lose weight. I am trying to do a keto diet but I keep cheating on it and getting fatter. My goal weight is 190 and I am currently 220, so it’s a realistic goal. Based on my height 220 is overweight but not obese. If I ever crossed the line into obesity I would be depressed, but no offence to obese people.

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Q7 You were also banned from Amazon, firstly do you feel this is an impingement on free speech?

I don’t know if getting banned from Amazon was a free speech violation. I mean I generally think free speech applies to the government, like if the government had arrested me for my books that would most def had impinged on my free speech rights. But these days with all the big tech monopolies it’s hard to even understand what free speech is anymore. At some point we will have to come to a new understanding of what constitutes free speech. I wish somebody would create a free speech publishing platform though, what happened to me is most def censorship and it wasn’t fair!!!! Amazon is crap! I’m so glad that Jeff Bezos is caught up in a dick pic scandal!

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Q8 Also could you speculate as to why you were banned from Amazon?

I know why I was banned from Amazon. I had published a satirical book called Soy Wars: The Soylence Of The Lambs. The book was about a writer named Chuck Wendig and how he goes on an adventure to save his wife’s boyfriend from a gang of Irish kittens. The book was meant to be a mockery of Star Wars author Chuck Wendig, a person I find to be a pompous blowhard and an angry hatemonger. Chuck Wendig was angry that so many people liked my book and he reported me to Amazon saying that my book was threatening to his family and defamation or something. He also got me banned from every other publishing platform except for one. I won’t name that platform here though because he might see the interview and then get me banned from that place. It wasn’t just Wendig though, it was also this other author named Summer Heacock, she is friends with Chuck Wendig and used Twitter to start a mass flagging campaign against me. So Summer Heacock and all her followers mass reported my books. What I don’t understand is why all my books were banned instead of just the one book about Wendig? It makes no sense. I had like 15 books and all 15 were banned.

Q9 I would like people to know more about ‘Wondercat’. Is this a musical project by yourself or friends of you?

Wondercat is a band I had with my fiancee. We did it for about two years, it was music we wrote and recorded together, we tried to record everyone only using four track cassette recorders. I prefer to do everything analog. I mostly played bass guitar on the songs and wrote the lyrics, and my fiancee wrote the music and played guitar. But sometimes I wrote the music and she wrote the lyrics, and sometimes I played guitar. I think the music was inspired by The Vaselines, and sometimes PIL and The Sex Pistols. I really love Johnny Rotten. I don’t think we’ll ever record as Wondercat again but we will probably make music for my Pussy High show like a theme song and score. I still have fourteen copies of the first Wondercat album on cassette and a bunch of stickers if anyone wants to buy some.

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Q10 You say on your website that you’ve retired from writing books. However, would you ever consider writing again? If not, is there any other projects we can look forward to?

I am retired from writing under the name Kitty Glitter. All the getting banned just left a bad taste in my mouth. I also just feel bored with writing fiction right now. But I still write plotlines for The Pussy Centipede podcast, and I am writing scripts for my Pussy High show. I also like to do drawing and photography and film. So definitely keep an eye out for my Pussy High show which I will be posting up on Bit.Tube. And also keep an eye out for upcoming episodes of The Pussy Centipede podcast!!!!! You can also see my drawings on Instagram!!!!

Q11 Finally from my interactions with you and consuming your content, I consider you to be an absurdist. How would you categorise yourself and your art, and is my assumption somewhat accurate?

I think absurdist is accurate to some degree. I am definitely influenced by the Dada movement which I think is related to absurdity. I really like the Gregg Araki films The Doom Generation and Nowhere. I feel like those films are their own genre and I’d like my work to be in that genre. I feel that the only proper reaction to the chaos of the universe is absurdity, I think that’s what the Dada people thought but I’m not sure.

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Moon Interviews: Tadhg Leady – Guitarist

Preamble

Good day to you Moonlings on this fine Friday. We have a brand new interview with a friend of mine, the wonderful Tadhg Leahy. He is a guitarist extraordinaire, and if you are looking for someone who really creates art through his guitar he’s your man.

Introducing Tadhg Leahy

While I have been friends with Tadhg for quite a few years, recently Le’Boo discovered how much of a badass he truly is on his Instagram page which can be found here. The guy not only has the talent, but he also shows how important it is to really care about your craft.

He’s been playing music since birth, (don’t believe me? Listen to the interview), and it’s his full-time gig. He has his fingers in many pies and doesn’t stop simply at the guitar. He has played many instruments over the years including his voice.

He is currently in a cover band called F.M which state their influences as Steely Dan, The Eagles, The Band, and Vulpeck. I can only imagine just how epic their setlist is, and lucky me they are playing in my town on Saturday night!!!

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He is also finishing off original music in the studio which he hopes to have out this year, and man it sounds so exciting. He makes it a habit of surrounding himself with some extremely talented local musicians and he invited them to play on his originals with him.

He also plays with a band called Function Creep which creates original music while also playing members own originals. They are inspired by such artists as Mark Guiliana, Boards of Canada, We Eat Electric Light, The Comet is Coming, and Sons of Kemet.

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Tadhg Leahy

The Wonderful Interview

We began a coffee-fueled interview with the question, “what was our earliest musical memory or inspiration,” and man his answer was killer. We meandered through memories and music from mutual school experiences to unique inspirations.

The interview gets into his own original music, why he struggled for years to record it and trust not just himself but others with it, but also how music strikes nerves inside him that other mediums do not. He talks about essays he has written about music and ideas for essays to come. Perhaps someday we’ll be treated to those, but until then you’ll just have to make do with his ideas in this interview.

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He discusses all the brilliantly talented musicians he’s collaborated with and how music is an equaliser. Regardless of age, if your determination and talent shine through, your age will fall away with each note you play.

We ended the stirring interview with a look back on the past, regarding his own presence of mind before he really decided on music. It seemed when he did, he took the approach we should all admire. He never stops learning, never stops challenging himself, and never stops seeking out those who will remind him you won’t always be the best musician in every room, but you can shoot for it.

A big thank you once again to Tadhg for taking the time out of your busy day to talk to me for an hour. I call these interviews, but they are really more like structured conversations. Listen to the interview below!

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Album Release: ‘Russian Doll’ is out!

Preamble

Well Moonling’s it’s finally here. Marie Keane has released her inaugural album ‘Russian Doll,’ and it is all kinds of exquisite. The lovely Lady herself has given me permission to review the album, so naturally, I had to share my thoughts with you. I will link all her

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Marie Keane

details below. However, if you are so ready to purchase the album already you can get that here. You know how much I love music and supporting artists, especially Irish artists are a big deal for me.

Background

If you remember I interviewed Marie last November and that interview can be found here. She gave us some insight into what it’s like being an Irish musician, the music scene in her city and of course the creative process behind the making of ‘Russian Doll,‘ the album. I was so excited and couldn’t wait for it to come out. She has already released a music video for the song ‘Cranes,’ which is embedded below.

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Marie Keane

Album, ‘Russian Doll.’

So talk about the album already Jaycee! Alright, so it’s 13 tracks of genre-hopping goodness. It kicks off with “Tree of doors,” which for me sounds like Marie is trying to connect not only with nature but the wisdom of the past.

“Where worship danced around its face, now lifeless towers takes its place.” – Tree Of Doors

Have we forgotten our ancestor’s reverence to nature? Her deep melodies are transfigured with modern sounds mixed with a Celtic essence. She continues to use her love of music to her advantage when it comes to writing love songs, or even lover scorned songs. She deals out her thoughts about love and attraction in, “Limerance,” and “In the firing line.” Looking around I remind myself that I’m not in fact in a blues café on Frenchmen Street.

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Marie Keane

 

 

The force between us could pen a thousand tales, draw tears from many lovers.” – The Firing Line

 

Then taking on the story of forfeited faith which is commonplace in modern Ireland, a stand out track for me was the stunning, “Stained glass windows.” We are treated to an example of her voice within its classical range. The song is a mix of classical piano and Celticism in a gothic church. She visits this theme in “Faith,” while, “We all can change,” incorporates both her style and a gospel motif. “Faith,” for me could easily be the next Bond theme.

I found my way, but I lost my faith… I grieve my removal… No longer do I carry the sins… I bare all my worship to open ground.” – Stained Glass Windows

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Marie Keane

The social rock/pop commentary of “Theatre of the mind,” and “Addiction,” mixed with the ethereal sounds of “The Homecoming,” makes this album a success for me. I implore you to investigate. Listen to the video below. Visit her website. Tell her I sent you, she’s lovely. I’m heading to the launch party on Sunday, and I’ll do my best to get some exclusive footage. Until then, thanks for reading.

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Kilkelly – Musician

*update: Connor is a fellow WordPresser! You can find him here.

Preamble

Welcome back to Moon Interviews my friends. This month I sat down to talk with Berlin-based artist Connor Kilkelly. Born and raised here in the old country (Ireland), Connor moved to Berlin to pursue a music career.

We talk about loads of things. His debut album, ‘The Prick & The Petal,‘ is in post-production, and is out in the spring of 2019. We talked about the music scene in Berlin, and what inspired him to seek out music in the first place, and we had giggles about the music genres we love.

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Kilkelly writes really great music and his info can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/kilkellymusic/

I’d like to thank Connor for his time and I hope you enjoy the rambly chats with two very artsy friends.

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Marie Keane – Musician

Marie Keane is an Irish musician self-styled as a mix of folk, blues, and rock. Her debut album ‘Russian Doll’ is due to drop this November. In anticipation, my brain formulated some questions about the album and the creative process.

  1. Who is your dream collaboration?

 

Radiohead/ David Byrne/ Kate Bush / Joan as Policewoman/ Portishead/Breadyman ….(ie. in an actual dream)

 

  1. Who was your earliest musical inspiration as a child?

 

Zig & Zag, Micheal Jackson, Whitney Houston & Natalie Cole won those titles

 

  1. What has the music taught you during the creative process of ‘Russian Doll’?

 

The creative process seems to span from the conception of a song which may or may not end up as part of the final cut. You’re recounting a segment of your personal journey at that time. Writing the songs is the lovely, secluded part of the creative process. It’s like a dirty secret that you have to vanquish and deliver to a potentially innocuous or facetious listener. However, performing & recording the album is like the ultimate mindfulness exercise where you have to balance alertness with ease and trust in the process and the people around you, but ultimately within yourself, which is the difficult part. You have to let go of any preconceptions of who you are and investigate like an eager child. I also learned that although I wrote most of these songs between 2004 and 2013, it was a complete rebirth in revisiting them, realigning their arrangements and protecting their integrity as an older version of the person who wrote them. The joy was that not only did I not hate them, allowing others to influence their evolution is what has made them grow even more. I know I picked the right people so at least my instincts are still sharp even if my sanity is not.

 

  1. Were you influenced by any musicians/albums while writing Russian Doll’?

 

Lauryn Hill (miseducation album), Joan as police woman (real life), Schubert, sessions I was a part of growing up and with my mates hammering out songs til eight in the morning on trips in the west of Ireland, Roberta Flack, Marlena Shaw, Radiohead (the bends, OK computer), Jeff Buckley, Gorillaz, Bonnie Raitt, Queen, Muse, Beethoven.

 

  1. What are your main motivations to write music?

 

Anything that moves me sideways or that gives me a bubble in my chest that makes me get up in the morning, anything I notice that captures my gra or that gets into my cra.

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  1. How would you describe the music scene in your city and how important was it in terms of writing ‘Russian Doll’?

 

It’s currently at boiling point in a tremendously important way, in fact at least three of the songs were written specifically about Dublin, but most themes that permeate the songs on the album are somehow related to growing up in Ireland.

 

  1. Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move you emotionally?

 

Roberta Flacks’ live version of Simon & Garfunkels ‘the sound of silence’.

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  1. What’s the best compliment you’ve received regarding your music?

 

When I was talking with my friend recently about the album, although we’ve only reconnected in the last two years following a five year gap, she asked me whether one of the songs she remembers from 12 years ago was going to be on the album and it was so lovely to tell her it was and that she remembered the song, which is one of my favourites on the album.

 

  1. Will we get any music videos from ’Russian Doll’’?

 

We will indeed. I’m heading into Camden recording studios on Nov 10th to do about four tracks so hopefully they’ll all be edited and ready before Christmas.

 

10 What song of yours is your favourite and why?

 

It’s the final track on the album and it’s a piano instrumental, so it’s probably why I like it so much, I don’t have to sing it and it was a tune that I was able to write in about twenty minute. When they come that quickly and easily to you that it feels like it’s a natural thing to play. Although I also love the third track ‘Cranes’ so I suppose it depends on the day I perform them.

 

11. What would you like to say to your fans?

 

Life is fun, keep on moving, go for the love.

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She is also having a launch party on the 27th of January 2019, in the Sugar Club, Lesson Street, Dublin city.

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