ICYMI INTERVIEW // Introducing Honey Mooncie
Words by Hannah Ryan
We had the pleasure of chatting to 18-year-old Honey Mooncie who began writing songs at just 11-years-old, influenced by jazz greats such as Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Chet Baker. Her modern jazz sound draws from a wide range of contemporary artists including Bruno Major, Lianne La Havas, Joy Crookes & Poppy Ajudha.
Honey Mooncie, first things first, is this your real name? Because this has born to be star written all over it!
Yes this is my real name!
Speaking of sounding like an absolute star from birth, you’ve been writing music since you were 11 - how did you get into it so young?
I come from quite an artistic family, both of my parents love poetry and used to write bits themselves, so possibly from that. When I was younger I used to write down little things which I guess were more like poems and it wasn't until I was a little bit older that I started adding music to them.
Do you remember the first song you wrote - you’ve got to tell us the chorus?
The first proper song I wrote was when I was about 14, I don’t think it was about anything in particular, I can remember it but it’s so terrible aha! Definitely will be keeping that one to myself aha!
Jazz has been a big influence in your music - where did the inspiration originate from?
I started getting singing lessons when I was 9 and my teacher is a jazz singer so we tended to sing a lot of jazz standards and I just fell in love with it. I really got into jazz in my early teens and started to mimic how they sang, and it stuck! Since then it’s played a massive part in how I write my music.
What other artists have influenced your sound?
I grew up in a household full of music, my eldest sister introduced me to Amy Winehouse and she has been a huge inspiration for me as well as Chet Baker, Lianne La Havas and Carole King. I love french artists like Nouvelle Vague too.
You played your first live performance at The Troubadour in January this year, how was that?
It was amazing! It’s so tricky to explain how playing live feels, I’ve never felt nerves like that before. I was petrified that I’d forget how to sing or something before I got up on stage. I’m so happy that it went well, definitely gave me a confidence boost, everyone was so lovely and I’ll always remember that.
What’s the dream venue for you to perform in? Who else would be on the line up?
The KOKO in Camden has always been a dream of mine, that’s where I saw my first gig and ever since then I’ve made it my mission to perform there. To support Bruno Major would be really cool, I love his music, also Poppy Ajudha, she might be the coolest person ever aha!
You’re new to the music scene, tell us, what can we expect from your music in the future?
Hopefully an album but EP is first of course, I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and I hope people like it! Going on a tour would also be very cool but I'm trying not to jinx anything aha!
We are very excited about Honey Mooncie and you are firmly on our radar for ‘ones to watch’ - where can we follow your journey and is a single release on the horizon?
All of my socials are @honeymooncie, yes my single will be released very soon!
British icon that has inspired you?
Best track to get ready to go out?
My friends and I always put on Ariana Grande (bit of a guilty pleasure of mine)
Studio or gigging?
I really love my time in the studio but it would have to be gigging.
Dream Glastonbury headliners?
I wish I could’ve seen Arctic Monkeys when they played, mainly because I have a massive crush on Alex Turner and I’ve always wanted to see Anderson Paak live
One record you would keep forever?
‘Tapestry’ by Carole King
Catch Honey Mooncie live at our next edition of FRESH FINDS on 30th August at Slaughtered Lamb in London. Tickets available HERE