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29/10/2020
Moon rises to the challenge of musical life under lockdown

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Ed Moon has been busy since we spoke in September 2019. He began his Bachelor of Applied Music and Performance at Box Hill Institute, released his debut single Pass the Blame in early 2020 and has just released his second single, Moon. Looks like isolation hasn’t slowed this Mornington-based musician down. 

Ed chats: “I’ve been busier than ever. Lockdown has given me the opportunity to concentrate on writing and fine-tuning my musical skills. I’ve been live streaming like lots of other artists and opportunities having been springing up everywhere.” 

He’s excited! We reckon many musos have been pining for their live performance fix, but the streaming scene has allowed creatives to reach audiences they otherwise wouldn’t. Ed continues: “I supported Jack Jones and collaborated with Mornington Peninsula band Johnny Bipolar last year. Live performance is great, but digital connection allows expansion of audience. Releasing my music on Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify, TikTok and YouTube means so many other people get to hear it.” 

It also means you get offered gigs like the Victoria Together and Mushroom Group series The State of Music – Introducing, which Ed did on September 18. Introduced by one of his favourite artists, Matt Corby, Ed crooned his way through original and covered songs and the result has been, let’s say, amazing. 

He continues: “I couldn’t believe it when I was approached to do this. It was a real honour to be introduced by Matt Corby, who I love. Becoming linked in with a group like Mushroom is amazing, and who knows what will happen from here. I was also featured on AIME Mentoring’s Imagination TV program, which gives young adults at home the chance to be mentored and supported. I also appeared in a live stream for the Minus18 Pride Party.”    

Anyone who has heard Ed’s music may describe it as acoustic with a splash of blues-infused soul. There’s also a touch of chill-out Hawaiian groove. His lyrics are often penned with a poetic hand that oozes over you like his namesake’s cool blue hue. Effortless. Concerned with current geographical, political and emotional issues, his songs connect young people from persons of colour, LGBTQIA and climate activism groups while telling stories that touch all of us no matter where we come from. His song Pass the Blame was written in response to the devasting bushfires at the beginning of the year, while Moon offers hope in a world where chaos often reigns. 

He concludes: “I wrote, recorded and produced Moon during Melbourne’s Stage 4 lockdown. I’m in a very lucky position. I have everything I need at home to continue writing and recording, so I’ve deferred my music course for a year to concentrate solely on my music career. My mum is a great photographer and helps me out with publicity too.”

Stay tuned to www.edmoonmusic.com to see where this young man’s musical vision may lead. To the moon and back and everywhere in between?

LIZ ROGERS

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