In this installment of Music Showcase we chat with the Lunar Femmes who were nice enough to take a break from Exploring strange planets and creating celestial soundscapes. 

Q How did you two get started making music?

When we got together I was looking into midi instruments cause I wanted to try playing around with synthesizer VSTs. Charlotte sent me a copy of FL Studio 12, and later brought me a little midi controller for my birthday, and things kinda picked up from there.

Q Whenever I listen to your tracks, it always makes me think of great science fiction soundtracks, if you could do score a movie is there a property you would like to work on?

No specific property comes to mind, but I would like to compose the score for an indie film or a video game! I’ve always been inspired by video game soundtracks and honestly just getting to finish a soundtrack for a small project would be a dream come true!

Q What other musicians in your genre do you listen to get inspired?

We’re not really sure what genre we are, but a lot of our mutuals on Twitter make beautiful music! We definitely recommend checking out Soft Replica, COR!S, Arena, Always Other and Nindramaya, to name a few. 

Q Looking at your band camp it is obvious there is a story behind every one of your pieces , which comes first the music or the story?

Usually it’s just the music first. But it depends. Sometimes I’ll get inspired by a movie I saw recently or a dream. Mar de Suenos for example was inspired by a dream. I had this melody repeating in my head towards the end of it and when I woke up I immediately opened up FL and put it into midi. When I write something I have a specific tone or mood I want to set and as the track develops I start to get little ideas in my head on what the song should be about thematically. 

Q As a duo how does the group go about writing the music?

I usually draft something in Ableton and if I think it has potential I send a demo to Charlotte and we discuss ideas on what to do with it. Most of the time we work remotely and are constantly sending project files to each other. It can be tough working like this, but it really helps to feel connected when we can’t physically be together.

Q Where would you like to see your music in five years?

I’d hope to have quite a few more albums out. There’s so much material that we want to polish up and release but it’s been difficult to find the time to do it. Another physical release would be nice, maybe something on vinyl. Doing a live show would be a dream come true though! That’s our ultimate goal, I think.

Q If people want more info about you or your music where should they go?

The best place to find out more about us at the moment is our Twitter account – @LunarFemmes – We’ve not been as active on there lately but we post about all our new stuff, including stuff that isn’t on our Bandcamp, like the new track we just released as part of a compilation!

Final four questions – we ask everybody

Q) When the zombies take over the world where will you be?

Probably dead or hiding out in the woods or a mountain; somewhere where no one can find us. Neither of us are very outdoor-sy so it probably won’t go too well!

Q)  What is your favorite Fandom

Well we’re both massive Star Trek fans and are constantly geeking out over lore and making dumb references to the old TV shows. A lot of the sci-fi themes and references in our music were inspired by the show.

Q) What piece of art, be it in the form of music, a book, a film or picture, do you think people must experience before they die?

It’s a little bit obscure, but we’d definitely recommend the movie Everything Beautiful is Far Away (2017). It’s a stunning indie film with a breathtaking soundtrack by Alan Palomo – it made such an impact on us that we wrote a track inspired by it.

Q) Give one fact that most people would not believe about you?

Our band is actually named after the first song we ever wrote together, which in turn is heavily inspired by both a character in Dark Souls and the first time we took acid together.

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