Willy Moon is the space-age popstar with the soul of Jimmy Stewart. From the moment he dropped first single “I Wanne Be Your Man” it was clear he possessed that most rare of things, genuine, inarguable, intersteller class. From the hip-hop inspired vintage rock and roll, to the unflappable style, to the cheese-wire cheekbones, he demanded attention.
Willy appeared onto the radar of the world at large when his song “Yeah Yeah” was used in an Apple advert last year. Since then he’s been releasing singles and gearing up for the release of his debut album, Here’s Willy Moon.Before it drops on 8 April he chatted to us about toothpaste adverts, Jack White and playing gigs on the moon…
Topman Generation: You came to a lot of people’s attention with the iPod advert. Are there any brands you wouldn’t allow to use your music?
Willy Moon: I can’t really see my music being used to sell toothpaste, or socks or shaving cream, but an Ipod is something I am really comfortable with.
Topman Generation: What if Colgate said they wanted to use your song for their latest ad?
Willy Moon: I would turn it down… Unless it was absolutely sh**loads of money! At the end of the day I don’t really have an issue with musicians letting their music be used for ads. You’ve got to put food on the table and if it’s for something you don’t have a problem with, like slavery or something, it’s okay.
Topman Generation: Your single ‘Railroad Man’ was released on Jack White’s Third Man label. How much influence did Jack have on the production of that record?
Willy Moon: First of all it was a big deal for me to be involved with them, on a personal level. A really big deal. Jack obviously produces all Third Man stuff that goes out, but I think he was pretty happy with what I sent them in the first place. I think he kind of got off on the fact it’s maybe a bit different to other stuff they released.
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