In our brand new Band Spotlight, we chat to China Moon’s Eleanor Churchill about new music, inspirations and more.
S] What is the mission statement for China Moon?
We’re a bunch of creatives who like to adapt and take on board each other’s influences to create something we’re all collectively happy with. We’re essentially a bunch of misfits who have come together to create something new.
We don’t particularly have a definitive mission statement, but our attitude towards music is one that doesn’t involve the need to conform or pressure each other into being something we don’t want to be. There’s an appreciation for each other’s ideas and values and how we can all come together to express them together.
S] How would you describe the band’s sound?
We’re inspired by everything from Beirut to Between the Buried and Me, so it’s a hard one. In essence we create dreamy dance-rock-pop with Eastern influences, although I feel like we’re always going to experiment and keep things fresh for ourselves.
S] What motivates you guys outside of music – think people, places and music for example?
I’ve very inspired by Beirut, Fat White Family, Tame Impala and Warpaint. Although Me and Matt are big fans of bands like Fontaines DC. There’s something so raw and exciting about them you can’t help but get hooked. Matt’s just got me into Denzel Curry – he’s a big fan of hip-hop. John loves everything from Regina Spektor to Lily Allen, and Ralph likes artists like Slowthai and Jessie Ware.
S] What are some of the biggest challenges you face as artists now?
I think one of the biggest challenges we face in China Moon is the obvious battle you face with being a new band and getting your name out there. Although despite not releasing any music yet a lot of people are enjoying our live shows and the response has been really incredible so far.
S] How do you define success?
Success is just about achieving something that makes you happy, whatever level that may be. it’s about arriving at a place that makes you feel comfortable. I do think that success is built around working hard and being the best you can be, but happiness should always come first.
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