Luna Keller + Eric Bay - Midnight Queen

 

Luna Keller + Eric Bay - Midnight Queen

Luna Keller + Eric Bay – Midnight Queen

 

ARTIST NAME: Luna Keller + Eric Bay

 

SONG TITLE: Midnight Queen

 

RELEASE DATE: 30 March 2020

 

GENRE: Indie Pop /Singer-Songwriter

 

Luna Keller

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Luna Keller

If you don’t know me, I’m a young singer-songwriter with a dream and passion for it.

 

I have a very musical family, so music was part of my life since I was small.

 

I remember listening to my parents doing music when I was a little girl and singing along getting all the lyrics wrong. My dad (who is an amazing musician and helps me a lot) gave me the opportunity to try many instruments, but I must admit that as a child I didn’t manage to stick with one for more than a year. But then it happened. I was thirteen when I picked up one of my dad’s guitars and …fell in love!

 

My dad “borrowed” me a guitar (and he told me it was mine after a year), and I strummed my first chord: E minor. About two days later I wrote my first song on the guitar called “I Can Play E Minor” (ok, I admit that it was terrible, but fun) … and so I got started.

 

Soon I discovered that I could write songs about other things than the chords I’m playing, and I started writing about things that happened in my life or I just told stories with my songs.

 

My dad helped me to improve my guitar playing, I started practicing every day and wrote lots of songs.

 

My mum (who is a great singer and plays the piano beautifully) taught me more about how to use my voice properly. I have been singing in the choir with her since I was 8.

 

One day I sat in my room with my guitar, my fingers hurting after practicing, a song written on the paper in front of me and I knew… this is it! Maybe I knew before, but at this moment I realized that I found my true passion. My dad and I started recording songs and after one year I started to busk downtown on weekends.

 

Now I’ve played on some small stages and met some great musicians who inspired me, each of them in another way. I’ve chosen my way, and I love it in a way I can’t describe, it truly makes me happy. I still have a long way to go, so thank you for joining me! Sharing my music with you is a pleasure!

 

 

Eric Bay

Ever since I was a two-year-old kid dancing around the living room to 80s pop, music has been a huge passion of mine (there’s a clip of this 2 minutes and 45 seconds into the music video for my song “Change”!).

 

When I was ten years old my parents bought me my first keyboard and signed me up for piano lessons. Before I even knew what, a chromatic scale was, I was writing my own songs. However, they were only melodies at that point – it wasn’t until I was seventeen (when teenage angst reared its ugly head) that I first started writing lyrics.

 

The first tune I wrote a full set of lyrics for was called “You Knew,” a track that I eventually recorded for my first full-length album “The World Through A Mirror.” It was a melancholy song about unrequited love – hardly a ground-breaking subject, but it showed me I had what it took to articulate a feeling melodically and lyrically, and it gave me the push I needed to write lyrics for the hundred-odd wordless tunes I had lying around. It’s seventeen years later and I’m still behind, but I’m catching up!

 

Back in 2009, Michael Jackson – one of my biggest musical heroes – died. His passing inspired me to do something I very rarely do – I sat down and wrote a song, music, and lyrics, in about twenty minutes. I hardly ever write music and lyrics simultaneously – one usually comes weeks, even months after the other.

 

I recorded this tribute song using my keyboard and an old microphone I had lying around the house and uploaded it to YouTube. I received so many lovely responses to it, and they encouraged me to start recording my music properly, so in late 2010 I recorded my first EP “Pair Shaped,” and I haven’t stopped recording since! Even though I am currently unsigned it is my goal to release either an EP or an album every year.

 

​EPs

Pair Shaped (2010)

Four Sided (2012)

Fun Sized (2014)

 

Singles

I Hate Thursdays (2011)

Don’t Worry About It (2011)

The Yellow Umbrella (2012)

Glass World (2013)

Change (2015)

Mae & Max (2015)

Young & Old (2015)

Merry & Happy (2015)

 

City Of Heroes (2019) (Youtube & Soundcloud only)

Midnight Queen (with Luna Keller) (2020)

 

Studio Albums

The World Though A Mirror (2011)

Detrimentals (2017)

Demo Collections

 

Out With The New (2014)

 

Ten Tracks Early (2016)

 

Coupling (2018)

The Write, Co. Project (2019-)

The Voice Memo Demos (2019-)

 

Compilation Albums

All Shapes, Sides & Sizes (coming in 2020)

 

​Most of my music is available to stream on Spotify, my EP “Fun Sized” and my three current demo albums are available on Bandcamp, and everything else is available on iTunes and Apple Music.

 

In July 2019 I started a new Soundcloud account for a project called ‘Write, Co.’, to showcase songs that I have co-written with other people – if you’d be interested in co-writing with me, please get in touch!

 

Singing was never a great desire of mine when I was growing up. I sang in school choirs when I was young, but for me, it’s always been about songwriting.

 

I’m a decent piano player and an okay singer, but I’m pretty confident in my ability to write a good tune, and as I’ve learned from spending the last ten years recording music, there are few things more satisfying than hearing a melody you wrote on your keyboard at home turn into a fleshed-out, fully-orchestrated song.

 

I try to make sure that no two of my songs are too similar in terms of subject, style, and arrangement because even though my style is predominantly pop/rock, I like to experiment as much as I can within that genre.

 

 

What kind of music do I like? Well, for starters here’s a Spotify playlist of some of my favourite songs. Basically, I like music that is personal, powerful, unique, and satisfying, and I’m influenced by many different artists – from legendary acts like The Beatles and Elton John to modern bands like Coldplay and The Killers. I love the theatrical bombast of Meatloaf and Queen, the incredible musicianship of Pink Floyd and Supertramp, the timeless melodies of Abba and the Bee Gees, the lyrical genius of Bob Dylan and Eminem, and the pop perfection of Max Martin and Jeff Lynne.

 

I’m inspired by every song I hear that moves me in some way, and with every song I write, I try to take those influences and channel them into something that 100% me. Music, whatever genre, is a gift to be experienced and enjoyed – I hope you enjoy mine!

– Eric Bay

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Tell us your names, country of birth, and childhood experience.

Luna: I’m Luna Keller and I grew up in Spain in a musical family. Throughout my childhood, I experimented with different instruments until I fell in love with the guitar and songwriting (I was around 14 then).

 

Eric: I’m Eric Bay and I grew up in London. I started having piano lessons when I was 11 and soon after that, I started writing tunes. In my late teens, I taught myself guitar and begun writing lyrics for the dozens of tunes that had piled up in the intervening years, and I haven’t stopped writing songs ever since!

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Tell us about your academic qualifications.

Luna: I’ve finished “Bachillerato” (the Spanish equivalent to the A levels) with a focus on performing arts last year. So, I could now go to university, but I’m taking a break for my music this year.

 

Eric: I have a degree in Law with Business, which I haven’t really used but it is good to have, nonetheless. Music-wise, when I was a teenager, I did my grades in piano and jazz piano, and I did a music production course at ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in London.

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Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, skills and future goals.

Luna: Since I just finished school and I’m only 19 I don’t have a long list of impressive bands and projects to write down here.

 

I started making music while I was still in school working from my home studio with my dad’s help, we started reaching out to great musicians over the world and working with them to create my music.

 

Up to date, I’ve released two EP’s and some singles as an independent artist. With those songs I was in the finals of several songwriting contests, they have been used in adds and videos by major brands like Starbucks and were streamed over 100,000 times on Spotify alone.

 

I’ve also played in some local festivals here in Tenerife and I really enjoy playing house concerts. I’m learning by doing and pouring my soul into my music and my career.

 

My goal is to be able to live from my music my whole life, to keep creating and sharing my songs with the world. It’s what makes me happy!

 

Eric: I started recording my songs when I was 24. For ten years now I’ve been recording at Joe Public Studios with producer Joe Lonsdale, who apart from being a great producer and guitarist is also a close friend.

 

During that time I believed I’ve improved as a singer, a musician, and a songwriter, and although I’m still an independent artist I do have a small following on social media that likes my music very much – considering I don’t play gigs and all my promotion is done on-line, I think this is an achievement in itself.

 

My first child is due next month, so being a father will mean I will have less time (and money!) to spend on making music, but writing with Luna has shown me that – thanks to the internet it’s possible to make music with talented people from all over the world from the comfort of your own home. I therefore plan to continue writing and releasing music with other artists (hopefully a couple more singles this year), and I will also continue with my own ongoing demo projects.

 

My ultimate dream would be to be able to make a comfortable living from making music, so fingers crossed I either get signed to a label or win the lottery someday!

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Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video or song.

Luna: I’m usually in the folk/pop/singer-songwriter genre but my collaboration with Eric Bay is more on the indie-pop side of things.

 

The idea behind the song was to tell the story of the “Midnight Queen” a tragic character that leaves a trail of broken hearts behind after being hurt herself. From there on Eric and I worked on bringing her to life from our different perspectives.

 

I shot the video on a rainy day in my garden, I wanted to capture the nostalgic and tragic feeling of the song. It’s a very DIY video, but I think it captures the emotion quite well.

 

 

Eric: I would describe my music as mainly pop/rock, but “Midnight Queen” is more of a melancholy indie-pop ballad. When we wrote it Luna and I both wanted to create a song with a tragic, haunting atmosphere, and I think through the melody, the lyrics, and the arrangement we’ve managed to capture that.

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Tell us how to run a record label based on your experience as an artist.

Luna: Since I haven’t had much experience with labels. But from what I’ve lived and heard I think a label should support its artist and create opportunities for them without limiting their creativity and opportunities

 

Eric: I’ve barely had any experience with labels, but if I ever ran one (or worked with one) I would say honesty, transparency and support would be the most important things for a good artist/label relationship, as well as not trying to force an artist to be something that they’re not.

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Tell us how you are promoting your music.

Luna: I do a lot of promotion myself, one thing I do a lot is sending my music to blogs and playlists. I think as an independent artist you need to invest your time in getting your music out there, writing a lot of e-mails, using platforms like Submithub and Musosoup… basically create your own opportunities.

 

Sure, there’s many times you won’t get an answer, but if you keep up the hard work it ends up showing results.

 

My favourite way to get my music out there is playing live though, it’s so much fun! Since venues are closed now, I’ve started going live on Facebook and YouTube several times a week.

 

 

Eric: Admittedly, in the past, I haven’t promoted my own music as much as I could or should have – since it’s always been something I’ve had to fit around my day job, I’ve only ever really promoted my releases in my local area or via my social media accounts.

 

It’s thanks to Luna’s help and experience with the promotion that “Midnight Queen” has been my most successful and professionally released single to date, and it’s shown me the importance (and effectiveness) of pushing your music and getting it heard in the increasingly competitive digital music marketplace.

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Share your press releases and reviews with us.

Never Enough Music

 

It’s All Indie

 

East Portland Blog

 

Several radio stations have played the song including Indie Star Radio, TR1 Radio, Radio TSFC, Radio WIGWAM, Mystery Train Radio among others.

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State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director.

Lyrics & music by Luna Keller & Eric Bay

 

Vocals – Luna Keller & Eric Bay

 

Backing Vocals – Luna Keller

 

Piano – Eric Bay

 

Cello – Yoed Nir

 

Guitar, Bass, Recording, and Editing by Roger Keller

 

Editing and Mixing by Uli Pfannmüller (TonUP Studio)

 

Mastered by Andreas Balaskas

 

Artwork by Lara Gimeno

 

Lyric video edited by Luna Keller…

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Tell us what makes you unique from others.

Luna: Songwriting lies in my nature, I process my feelings through my songs, and I pour my heart and soul into them. I love to connect with the audience through my emotions and I’m a pretty good storyteller. I don’t know if that’s unique, but it’s certainly special.

 

Eric: With so many bands and artists sounding similar these days, I try to make sure that no two songs of mine are too similar in terms of sound or subject matter.

 

I try to write interesting and surprising melodies and I try to avoid writing generic lyrics about well-worn subjects – I’ve written songs about topics as varied as Comic-Con crowds, missing old friends, queuing at the supermarket and being caught in the middle of neighbours who are fighting!

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Tell us your weaknesses and strength pertaining to music.

Luna: I’d say my weakness at this point is probably still in my guitar playing – even though I can play my songs well I’m no virtuoso and sometimes I still limit my songwriting with that. But I’m getting better every day.

 

My strength is songwriting both with melodies and lyrics. I have written over 400 songs at this point (not all of them are good though) and that experience has gotten me to a point where I can express my feelings and tell stories very well through them.

 

Eric: I can only play guitar enough to write songs and record basic demos of them, my singing voice is decent but piano playing and songwriting are the areas were I’m strongest and most confident.

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List your five favourite songs including the artists.

Luna:

Blackbird – The Beatles

Ain’t No Reason – Brett Dennen

Youth – Daughter

See you Soon – Coldplay

The Cloak – Leprous

 

Eric:

Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby – Counting Crows

Rock ‘N Roll Dreams Come Through – Jim Steinman

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin

Yesterday – The Beatles

Fairytale Of New York – The Pouges feat. Kirsty MacColl

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Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.

Luna: I believe that it depends on the artists. In my situation DIY makes the most sense since major labels don’t usually give good contracts to artists that don’t have a big fanbase. But with a greater following, there comes a point where an artist can definitely benefit a lot from a good record deal and if I get a good offer in the future I can’t say I’d say no. DIY is great, but it means a lot of work that has nothing to do with music (booking, promotions, marketing…), but then you also have a lot of creative freedom. It really comes down to who you are as an artist, what your goals are, and what a label brings to the table. That said, there has never been a better time to be an independent artist, the community is wonderful, and never signing a record deal can be an option too.

 

Eric: Both have their benefits and drawbacks – as a DIY artist I love having the freedom to write, record, and release whatever I want, but I’m limited in my recording and promotional resources (things which the backing of a label can help you greatly with).

 

If I were to ever sign with a label, I would have to be sure they had my interests at heart and genuinely wanted to promote me and my music as it is.

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Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.

Luna: Well, I also listen to music… well, music is definitely my main thing, I make it, I have my own radio show and podcast where I talk about it (“Why doesn’t everyone know these songs?”) and I listen to it a lot.

 

Apart from music I like to go to the cinema, read books, watch series and videos, walks, I play tennis, I love good food, I like to help protect the planet and I love deep conversations with my friends.

 

Eric: Apart from writing songs, I also write screenplays – I’ve written several feature film scripts as well as pilot scripts for various television comedy projects. I also dabble in illustration and graphic design – I’ve designed the artwork for all my music releases so far (except for “Midnight Queen”, which was designed by the very talented Lara Gimeno).

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List your various works.

Luna: I have released two EP’s (“First Steps” and “Alice is in Love with the Mad Hatter”) and four singles (“Christmas Lights,” “Burning House,” “I Try” and “Midnight Queen”). I’m currently recording my third EP to be released later this year.

 

Eric: So far in my career, I’ve independently recorded and released three EPs (which I’m planning to re-release as a re-mixed compilation later this year) …

 

Pair Shaped (2010)

Four Sided (2012)

Fun Sized (2014)

 

Ten singles…

I Hate Thursdays (2011)

Don’t Worry About It (2011)

The Yellow Umbrella (2012)

Glass World (2013)

Change (2015)

Mae & Max (2015)

Young & Old (2015)

Merry & Happy (2015)

City Of Heroes (2019) (Youtube & Soundcloud only)
Midnight Queen (with Luna Keller) (2020)

 

Two studio albums…

The World Though A Mirror (2011)

Detrimentals – an album of instrumental pieces (2017)

 

Three demo collections…

Out With The New (2014)

Ten Tracks Early (2016)

Coupling (2018)

 

And I have two ongoing demo projects…

The Write, Co. Project (2019-)
The Voice Memo Demos (2019)

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State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.

Luna: Luna Keller – it’s my real name. I thought about having an artist name but since my songs are about me and my solo project is a very honest and personal one; it felt right to just be myself.

 

Eric: My artist name is my first name and one of my middle names, simply because my full name (Eric Amler Bay Andersen) seemed too long to use.

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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Midnight Queen” – we didn’t give the character the song talks about a name but since she finds her ‘victims’ at night and leaves in the morning, “Midnight Queen” seemed like a good way to refer to her.

 


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