“If I don’t feel a song in my heart and it doesn’t touch me a bit, then I won’t like it as much. I am sure a lot of people feel that way too. You gotta be touched by the words and music and especially the voice of the singer too.”
Check out the interview with Moonbody1 exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
SKILLY: Tell us where this all began. What is your history in the music scene?
Moonbody1: I was born in Turkey and was brought to Germany when I was 4 Years old and grew up there ever since. It’s nice in Germany. I loved it there and miss it a lot! I was a big fan of Madonna way back when I was a teenager and she first started her carrier and when I saw her on TV I said to myself “Yes, I wanna do what she is doing, make music, make people happy by listening to your music”. That’s how I felt listening to her songs back then. It helped me go through hard times sometimes too!
I started attending to our school band as a singer and we played on school events and etc. Of course, I went through the teenager phase and wanted to have my own apartment and make my own money. So I started working and lived life. I had my ups and downs like everyone has had in life not knowing what you really want in life. I never stopped singing. I was still always singing my favorite songs as I was listening too, but I stopped everything with music for a long time until I saw the German TV -Show Morning Star. They wanted singers and artists to sing in the morning for the show. I wrote them a recording of myself and got called on the show. I had fun, loved it, but I was so nervous being on live TV that I messed it up for myself. I sang the song Hero by Mariah Carey. After that, I went on and off on some local talent searching agencies and shows. Dance shows too. I won in Munich in a club where we did a dance contest. I got the first place. I love dancing as well as creating my own dance styles. I don’t like copying others. I like to do my own thing in anything I do. I got tired of keep hearing crap like “you’re great but that’s not what we are looking for at this moment blah blah blah” so I took a break of all that talent search hunting agencies.
I met my son’s dad, got pregnant and that made me take a long time break from focusing on myself and I had to focus on my child and family and make money work and all so yeah that was a big change for me too. But it didn’t work out with his dad so I raised my son alone which wasn’t very easy for me but I was lucky that I had a great family who helped me out a lot. I will always be very thankful for that. Time went by until I met my husband in Germany and of course, I focused more on my family at that time being like everyone would. We moved around a few times and now I am here in the USA in beautiful Colorado. I love it here, but I felt like there is still something missing in my life!
My love for music didn’t just go away. I got little older but that isn’t stopping me from following my dream my goal to be a successful singer. I missed out on a lot already and don’t want to just quit. I love singing way too much for just to quit like that.
I missed singing so much that I started being like everyone else on YouTube. Started my channel there and did mainly cover songs and blogs etc. I had fun for a while on that but it still didn’t feel right. I didn’t want to copy people’s music and I wanted to do my own thing, my songs, my music creations. I had my ups and downs on that too until I got bored with it cause it was always the same thing just do covers and copy other’s. That’s not what I wanted to do. So I started to focus more on my own ideas and started creating my own beats, wrote my own lyrics and sang my songs including mixing and all. I did all by myself, not a pro yet but working on it. So far I think i did a great job with less help.
What are the best ways to promote yourself as an artist? Any tips you can give us?
There are so many out there trying to copy others styles and music. You gotta be different, you gotta stand out of all of them. Be yourself and create your own ideas. Be special, nobody can be like you. There is the only one you out there. Show that and either people love you for who you are or not, not everyone likes everything but most of them will if your different and something they never saw or heard before. Share it with the world and be kind and stay humble 🙂
What do you ultimately want to become in your career?
I want to inspire, make people feel good by listening to my music or like when I had bad down times, I listen to my favorite music and it helped me go through some hard times before. Or just feel good and enjoy good music be happy and the way I felt about listening to music and how it helped me is what I would love to be for others too. Which I got some messages already about this. Some of my fans felt that way listening to my music. I was very happy to read that I could help them to get through that with my songs that made me feel good.
What is the hardest thing about being in the music business?
I think it’s hard to get the respect as a female artist from other male artists and also being taken seriously. Not everyone is real to you. Some try to use you to get noticed, some pretend well. You gotta be careful who you trust. Everyone is not who they say they are. Too much bull is being said but only a few are staying with their word and prove it to by being 100% real with supporting you as a female artist. So stay real, don’t be a fake cause nobody wants to deal with that. And for a being a good looking female artist, it’s even harder to be taken seriously with your music cause most of them think they can hit on you and start flirting with you. If you’re not here to support me for my music, then stop talking cause I ain’t looking for a man here. I am trying to bring my music out to the world and would appreciate it if these artist guys would not always put a woman in that “bedroom” category.
What is it like in your city? What is the music scene like, and how is it like living there overall?
I moved here with my husband from Germany in 2013. I haven’t yet gotten a chance to perform live which I hope someday soon I will be. I would love to start here first but with what I’ve seen and heard so far, it’s pretty good around here and people in the music business are cool and nice so far. Very supportive too on my NumberOneMusic page. They do love my music here in Colorado.
What are some of the advice you can give and share with other artists who are still trying to come up?
Well, I am not all the way up yet myself but working on it which I hope I will be soon. All I can say is be yourself, never give up on yourself or start doubting yourself cause you might not get the response your hoping for. I had those too, just keep trying and you gotta love what you’re doing. Yeah, we all have those days where you be like oh man why are my plays or views not getting up, just don’t focus too much on that. I used to do that and it does bring you down a bit. Just don’t worry about those, you do you and everything else will follow and fall into place for you, someday you will be all the way on the top. Trust in yourself and follow your dreams 🙂
What is the best thing that’s ever happened in your career?
I got to chat with the one and only Rick Ross on Facebook. I couldn’t believe it at first. I thought that was so cool. He is very polite and nice to talk to. He actually followed the link I sent him of my NumberOneMusic page and screenshot a pic to show me that he did listen to my song ” Someday”. I was very happy that he liked my music and then he asked me to come on his audition show in Miami which i really hope I can make that happen soon. I would love to work on a song with him and meet him in person too. I love his music and his ideas. He supports all these great artists out there too by making songs with them all. I think he is awesome. I’ll keep you all updated about that too 🙂
What is your inspiration?
Life itself. Some of my songs I wrote out of my own experiences and what I had to deal with, even just listening to people talk and hear what they go through, I get the urge to write a song about it – about the pain, feelings, happiness or sadness and to create the words into a song and make it comes out right to touch someones heart by listening to you sing it with your voice especially when someone is going through the same situations at that moment that’s when it gets liked a lot. People gotta feel your song, I mean if I don’t feel a song in my heart or it doesn’t touch me a bit, then I won’t like it as much. I am sure a lot of people feel that way too. You gotta be touched by the words and music and especially the voice of the singer too.
Do you feel anyone can be successful now in today’s world of music?
Yes, I truly believe you can if you know which way you want to go and of course, these days you do need some help here and there. It’s very hard to get up to the top as a female artist but with really great support and people who believe in you and want you to be doing great, you can archive anything in life! I mean think about it. All these great artists out there, like Madonna would’ve never made it this far in her carrier if she would’ve just given up by thinking her as a female artist wouldn’t make it alone. But she did. Look at her now and she was one of those artists I looked up to when I was younger. When I watched her for the first time her music videos “Like A Virgin” and “Holiday”, I said to myself “I wanna be like Madonna, a great female artist making great music and that’s what I am going for to be a great loved female artist”. But I want to be loved for who I am. I am not copying anyone. I am the one and only “Moonbody1”. Nobody is like me or sings like me, makes music like me. I am different and that’s good.
Where can we find you on social media?
My music pages links are below:
NumberOneMusic Page: https://www.numberonemusic.com/moonbody1
SoundCloud Page: https://soundcloud.com/user-256413070
YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/moonbody3
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Moonbody1-1970502873180216/?ref=bookmarks
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/Moonbody3