MUSIC: Age of Luna - Barely legal and already making waves
Written by: Violet Myers
Every now and then you meet a group of overachievers that really make you see your dead end job in public relations for what it is. It’s not so regularly that these people are barely old enough to buy a WKD in a Wetherspoons. The members of Age of Luna have only just turned 21 and yet the hip hop four-piece have released their second mixtape, are playing the Secret Garden Party later on in the year and can count the queen that is Missy Elliot as one of their celebrity fans.
We caught up with Kyote and NK to talk their unique sound, nights out and special dance moves.
Where do you like to hang out on your time off?
NK: Around Shoreditch, I love the music and fashion vibe there.
KYOTE: I’ve almost been everywhere in London and I love the nightlife. I really want to visit Paris and Tokyo next. I don’t hang out much, but in my spare time I like designing. I’m deeply into fashion.
Where’s the best place to see new talent in London?
NK: Boiler Room and also a jam called Unit 31, also known as Salt Peanuts Jam.
KYOTE: Growing up around 2010/11 South Bank was the spot for me, so many great people with different talents came together. Now you have events such as Future Ends and Cosy Mag showcasing new talents, which is amazing.
Where’s the best place to dance in London?
KYOTE: Applebum, I always tell people if it was a TV broadcast it’d be the Soul Train of today for the UK.
Do you have any signature dance moves?
NK: Haha, not yet!
KYOTE: I’ve actually found a new love for dance moves. After watching a Soul Train performance by James Brown. However, as a kid, I was trying to dance like MJ and fell flat on my face; was put off from there. So, now I just try be slick with the moves.
We hear Missy Elliot is a fan of your music, what’s your favourite Missy tune?
NK: Yeah I think Radio One tweeted when our track was playing and Missy was also playing that day too and she retweeted us! My favourite is ‘On And On’, I love the production on that record.
KYOTE: Yea that’s a bit beautiful. ‘The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)’ is my favourite, I love the video too.
We like your name, what does ‘Age of Luna’ mean?
NK: It means an age of living under no authority and also just to believe in what you do best.
KYOTE: To me it means blocking out opinions, being free and focusing on finding yourself and your purpose on the planet. That’s my message to the youth; the world is bigger than your environment.
Describe your sound in four words…
NK: Soulful Hip Hop with meaning.
KYOTE: Beautiful, nostalgic, comforting and RAGE… At times.
Which classic song do you wish you wrote?
NK: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Contusion’.
If you weren’t in a band what would you be doing?
NK: I would still be making beats.
KYOTE: I haven’t even thought of that, but I’ve always wanted to do what I’m doing.
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