RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN BAND MOONCULT
Hiya Mooncult, welcome to RGM, What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I think Tia being in School of Rock as a kid drummer is one of the best answers to this.
Introduce us to all of the members and your musical history.
Rajeev Ananda leads guitar when he isn’t creating incredible leads he’s also being a number 1 to his two gremlins and lawyering
Grover Doyle bass/backing vox, rhythm guitar also has his own project Stutter Boy
Tia Cestaro badass drummer and jeweller maker
Raven Mystere songwriter band director mood swinger
What was life like for you before music?
I knew I was a songwriter as a little kid but remembered when I was a teenager living in LA and making friends with band people. Someone had left a bass guitar and I started learning. It was all pretty natural.
Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?
I think we’re in an interesting place because a lot of the music we love is coming back and a lot of the new music out there is good. Bringing back guitar rock!
What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry?
“Keeping doing what you’re doing and don’t change everyone will realize it’s cool eventually” from The Warlocks
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I once smoked a blunt on stage with Cypress Hill An ex member of the band met his wife at our last show together Currently in a thruple with Scarlett Johansen
If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?
I would wish for unlimited money so my band could tour anytime and anywhere we want of course. Otherwise, simply being a manager and booking agent would be glorious!
Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….
People do take things the wrong way all the time. It’s difficult to be sure. As a neurodivergent, I have a difficult time talking before thinking, but when I do wait, I upset people for leaving them on read. What can we do? People are gonna get upset sometimes. I don’t worry much about it.
What was the worst experience on stage?
That time the drum set all fell apart when we played this LES dive bar. I finished the song singing in front of the kick drum lol
I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.
We’ve put out five songs this year that we are really happy with. One more on the way.
Ghost Song is very upbeat and happy and I wrote it a while ago but never recorded and they all wrote their own parts. Love in Reverse we wrote together a great song very moody and deep
Trample the Daisies and Leave Me Here I wrote when I first moved to NYC and when I shared my bedroom demos the band liked so they wrote their own parts All In My Head is a combo of two parts, one part written several years before is slow and loverly, the other part is fast and punky I wrote it before rehearsal one day and we all put it together
What was the recording process like?
It was great we recorded downstairs from our lockout rehearsal at LA Fam