Rhythm Seed Artist Spotlight On Willy Moon
They say that Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads and sold his soul to the devil. If he did, then quite possibly he has been reincarnated as a white man from New Zealand. If you think that this sounds like the ravings of a madman, wait just one moment and let me introduce you to Willy Moon.
Willy is a new addition to Jack White’s Third Man Records roster. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand as William Sinclair. At the age of 17 he moved to London England. In 2010 he independently released his first song “I Wanna Be Your Man” on Myspace and was noticed and subsequently signed by Island Records. He officially released his first two singles through London based Luv Luv Luv Records before being snapped up early this year by Third Man.
Willy writes, records and produces everything on his own and holds his tunes down to a length of 3 minutes or less. Equally inspired by love of the physical energy of Cab Calloway, the brevity of The Ramones, and the style of film noir, Willy doesn’t blend different sounds so much as smash them together – as if rock ‘n’ roll was deep-frozen in 1965, and abruptly reanimated 45 years later by a laptop, hip hop producer.
On August 20th Third Man Records releases the 7″ single and digital download of Willy Moon’s “Railroad Track” b/w “Bang Bang.” Both songs ring out as Big Bang size collisions of R&B (new and old), Gospel, and Doo Wop styling, making this single one of the most exciting things we here at Project Rhythm Seed have heard this year.
Check out the Michael Carter directed video for “Railroad Track” filmed on location in Nashville, TN for ‘Railroad Track’ and then pre-order the 7″ here: