INTERVIEW: Luna Bec

Hi Luna, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello, thank you very much, I’m doing very well! How are you?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Power To Change”?

Absolutely. “Power To Change” is essentially a song about the climate emergency, it’s about making your voice heard, knowing that each of us can make a difference, especially when we work together. It was inspired by the recent movement of youth climate strikes as young people all over the world protest for the sake of the planet.

The news is so dark at the moment, sometimes it can feel overwhelming, like there is no point in even trying. At the same time in response to this darkness we see people coming forward and showing tremendous courage and integrity, which is inspiring.

I think the song could equally apply to internal change – which is of course what is really needed if we want to change the world for the better. All the chaos out there is a reflection of the chaos inside us. It is not easy to change oneself, but it is possible.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Film maker Hardy D Saleh contacted me about an idea he had for a short film and asked if I would write a song. He filmed the youth climate march in London and afterwards he sent me the audio clips of interviews he had made with the kids about why they were striking.

The song arose as I listened to them speak, I was so moved and inspired by their passion and wisdom and vitality. I thought, if this is the next generation, maybe we will be alright after all. And yet, we must act now or it will be too late. Unfortunately there are a number of people in extremely powerful leadership positions around the world who simply are not getting this message – or are choosing to ignore it because it doesn’t suit their agenda.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Hardy filmed the march on a Super 8 camera, for a competition called “Straight 8.” The competition requires that you do not get to see the footage before you send it in along with your soundtrack. Since the song was written to fit the film, there was a lot of guesswork involved. Hardy made some notes about timings but, they were not precise, we just had to hope for the best.

One of the cool aspects of this is that some moments of the song and the video end up fitting together by chance, I think this is something we both enjoy about the creative process, these magical accidents that bring out elements of your own work.

How was the recording and writing process?

I have been working with a great musician and producer Peter Lyons. We had already recorded a few songs together, so I called him and asked if he would come on board. As I said the idea for the song came to me quite quickly as I listened to the young people talking about why they were marching. The deadline was that weekend so we booked a day in the studio and put it together.

The short timeframe seemed fitting given the nature of the material. I had to make arrangement decisions swiftly, which is actually good for me as it short circuits my perfectionist brain! I was really glad I could use the Rhodes piano, it was an instrument Pete had recently acquired and its tone matched perfectly with the nostalgic vibe of the song.

How has your theatre background influenced your writing?

That’s an interesting question. I think it affects both my writing and my performance. Theatre was my first love. Shakespeare was my first lasting relationship, still in progress. I love drama – not in the sense that that the word gets used on dating apps – but in the traditional Greek sense of ‘action.’ And I love the poetic possibility of words. Words have tremendous power. With words we can create whole worlds. Or destroy whole worlds.

It’s not just about the words though – I think music is about moving people, connecting with an audience. I open up my heart and something reaches out and touches yours, and we recognize our common humanity. We feel it, and acknowledge it, and sometimes wounds are healed this way. For me this is the experience of good theatre, and music too. I think there is also something about storytelling, and entertaining – I love to make people laugh, to the same extent that they might sometimes cry when hearing a song – for me the best theatre contains both, sometimes even at the same time.

What role does England play in your music?

I grew up in Yorkshire, famous for its wild moors and inclement weather. I think that my music probably incorporates some of the moodiness and romance of these rugged landscapes, also influenced by my connection to Scotland – my grandfather was from Aberdeen, and we visited the highlands a lot when I was a child.

English literature has no doubt influenced my writing. But the emotional content is universal. Humans are not so different, the world over. England has repeatedly absorbed waves of immigration and is a great deal richer as a result. I feel fortunate to live in a city where you can meet and mix with people from all over the world.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes that’s right – more coming soon! It’s coming along well, I am very excited about unleashing it all…This project has been like a rebirth for me, I have felt free to experiment and the tracks I have been making are quite varied, I am very proud of them.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m not a great long term planner… I tend to do things more spontaneously. But you can definitely expect another song from me before Christmas!

Any plans to hit the road?

I’d like to see where the songs have the most impact and then I know where my audiences are. It’s still really early days. I do love to tour though, so I hope it will be a part of my future. I’m also trying to limit my travelling to the minimum that is necessary so I will let things unfold naturally for now…

What else is happening next in Luna Bec’s world?

I am working with a group to create music and dance events that will raise funds for indigenous communities in the Amazon and those working alongside them to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants from a destruction that will have an impact on the whole planet.

Other than that I’m just taking each day as it comes, exploring new opportunities, trying to stay present….and I’m learning Brazilian Portuguese!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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