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Jade The Moon

“Jade The Moon is a unique and sonically adventurous Canadian Alt-Pop group. Their upcoming sophomore release, 11:11, can be best described as musical photographs. A moment in time turned dance party, a true story turned love song, and a daydream turned eerie, an Anti-Pop lullaby, a real-world inspiration”.

When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
We all started playing music very early. I don’t think there was an exact moment of any of us. It just sort of happened. We all had jobs in high school and music as hobby but started playing professionally around the same time.

Are you trained? How did you develop your skills?
We were all encouraged to play piano as kids. Ben started on piano moved to drums and eventually guitar. Dani was a piano and voice student as a kid and Jeremy has played drums and piano since he could walk. We have all played in many bands and recorded with many projects and really learned that way.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
We usually look to the classics for inspiration. Lately we’ve been listening to Female fronted bands like The Eurythmics, Blondie, Heart. Artists like Fionna Apple Sinead O’connor have all been on the playlist lately. As for more current inspirations Noah Cyrus (Yes she is Miley’s Sister if you’ve not heard of her), Labrinth, Tame Impala and FKA TWIGS and Amy Shark.

How would you describe your sound?
This is a tough one. We experimented with a few sonic landscapes on 11:11 but our favourite pieces always seem to be more adventurous ones. We love minimal production. Our latest single ‘Fall For This’ is a good example of this or ‘U Take Care’ from our first EP. There are tempo changes swooping analog synths and a mixture of Real and programmed drums. We like the music to feel as human as possible. Less on the grid and more the gritty side of things. When asked we sound like some people respond with classic references like Janis Joplin or modern indie darlings like Lykki Li (on the vocal side of things) and Smashing Pumpkins to Phantogram sonically. In any case the productions really live to serve and support the lyrics. We are just trying to get better at that.

What’s your favourite tune in your repertoire and why?
We all have our favourites but truthfully from 11:11 we all have a strange connection with ‘Fall For This’ – Its not a “bop” or a “banger” but there’s a realness to the song that you can almost reach out and grab onto. We love the combination of the string arrangement and the eerie haunting piano. It makes you feel like someone is watching you.

What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
You can always expect something different from our live performance. Our last live show was in Toronto at an art gallery. The owner of the gallery helped us make the space look like we playing in front of a giant version of our album art complete with an audience of 16 mannequins seated in theatre style seating behind us on the stage.

Where can we find your music?
If you use spotify please follow us there. Here is a link to the ‘Fall For This’ video: