30 Seconds interview: Moya

Moya

Singer-songwriter Moya may only be 21 but she’s already achieved much in her musical career to make older and perhaps more experienced music makers look lazy.

She’s toured constantly since her debut album Lost and Found emerged last year on the Four To One Records. It showcased an eclectic and memorable songwriting talent with the likes of Making Me Fall and latest single A Little More Love going on to become regular aural fixes for Radio 2 listeners.

While dominating broadcaster playlists, both songs have also clocked up thousands of views on YouTube and helped gain her support slots with the likes of Rizzle Kicks and Newton Faulkner. She’s obviously continuing to make the right noises as she’s currently on tour with Mick Hucknall and the summer sees her go around the UK’s stadiums with Rod Stewart. If Moya continues producing songs as big as A Little More Love, then she’ll need to get used to such massive venues.

M spends 30 Seconds with her to find out what inspires her songs and who her dream collaboration would be…

I first started writing music because…
It was the ultimate way of expressing myself. I was quite an emotional kid and writing in diaries used to be a form of escape for me, so a lot of my songs actually stem from all that writing.

I have been making music since…
I was very little. My sisters and I had a band called Trance and we used to write songs on the back kitchen roll! Paper obviously wasn’t cool enough.

My music is…
Pop/soul. I’ve never been a huge lover of straight up commercial pop so I wanted to put my own little slant on it. It’s a feel good sound that will take you away to your happy place.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
Emeli Sande, Stevie Wonder, Matt Corby, Delilah and Cee Lo Green.

My favourite venue is…
At the moment it’s probably Bush Hall. I’ve just got off tour supporting Andy Burrows and we played there for the London date. I love the crystal chandeliers and the ballroom feel it has; the balcony at the top also guarantees a fantastic view.

Music is important because…
It can cleanse the soul. Music has always been a great healer for me.

My biggest inspiration is…
My family. I probably wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for them. You can probably thank my mum for the soul influence in my voice because it was HER Stevie Wonder album that was on constantly.

My dream collaboration would be…
Aretha Franklin. Sometimes I wish I actually was her.

To try me out, listen to my song…
A Little More Love. It’s my latest single.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Probably studying drama or English. Ever since I can remember I wanted to be involved in musical theatre and I was gunning for that as a profession before I realised I didn’t have a musical theatre voice!

In 10 years time I want to be…
Flying around playing every corner of the world! Being on tour is the most satisfying thing I have ever experienced, so that would be amazing. Of course everyone says they want a top ten hit and that would be fantastic but as long as I’m still as happy as I am now then life will most definitely be good.

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