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Meet Jacob Culver, Tom Carpenter and Devan Welsh, Moontower

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob Culver, Tom Carpenter and Devan Welsh Moontower.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
All of us before Moontower we’re doing music very traditionally. Tom was a producer/DJ signed to a small label in St. Louis, Devan was a producer/engineer writing and recording records in Baltimore, and Jacob was in another band releasing singles and touring around the US. We are very proud of those years and what we made, but we weren’t pushing boundaries or really challenging ourselves. After the three of us met at USC we started writing and producing for other artists together. Devan and Tom were living together and Jacob spent more time in their apartment than in his own. We always got to talking about what live music should feel like, and how we idolized artists who turned their music into worlds for their fans to dive into and live in.

It happened so naturally. We started writing these songs we didn’t want to give away, we started going out to live shows together and scheming about where we thought the future of live music was going and how we could be a part of it, and before we knew it we had the base ideas for the first three years of this band. All we needed was a name. Tom’s favorite movie is Dazed and Confused. In the movie the “Moontower” is a place where everyone goes when all the other parties are shut down, jocks, geeks, cheerleaders, everyone is accepted, everyone is free to be who they want to. This is what we hope people feel like when they come to our shows, so Moontower felt like the perfect name.

Please tell us about your art.
We create industrial dance music. Our songs pull from a variety of influences – pop songwriting, melodic guitars, grating drums, and fuzzy synths. If anything, we aim for a song that’s unavoidably in your face. Songwriting-wise, the world that we know very well is that of suburban life – high-school, sports games on the weekends, love interests, freeway rides, etc. Our 1st Season of music (to be released around January), will be a way for our fans to fall into the short-story world of our adolescent lives, paired with the reflection of the knowledge that we have now. Our favorite songs tell mile-deep, inch-wide stories, and at the end of the day, we love that music acts as a mediator between people we do not know, then into people whose hand we can then shake at the end of a performance. Given how strongly our stories are tied to people and the experiences we have with them, it’s our intention to create art where we can meet more people, and through that, tell more stories.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
We’ve always said that we want Matthew McConaughey to come to one of our shows. Preferably in a Lincoln, but we’re flexible on that. If he is a Moontower fan, we’ve done what we came to do.

But seriously, success would be the ability to continue. We know that each time we achieve the next step, or play the bigger room, or finish the next project, our eyes are just going to be on what bigger thing is coming after. So, as artists, our perception of success if whether or not we are able to continue sharing stories and generating worlds and meeting people though the project. We have a lot we have planned and even more we know is going to come to us along the path. We are just so excited to keep going.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
First and foremost come see us live! Our lives shows are everything to us. We always make our music with the live show in mind because in person is how we believe new music should be experienced for the first time. There is no better way to get to know us than by seeing us play live because when we’re on stage, we are us in our purest form. That being said we really love to get into the theatrics of it all. Since our first show we’ve been building our own lighting, staging, visuals, and even structuring our shows like plays in the way the narratives of the songs flow into one another. At the core though, you’re seeing three boys at their most vulnerable just truly being open and having fun. Playing music live is therapy for us and we just want people to come dance, cry, and get lost in their emotions! That’s what we’re up there doing.

Secondly, our work will soon live through inside of a larger visual narrative. Each of our albums will be more like a Season of a TV show, with each song having its own Episode. The first Season set to come out in the beginning of 2019 will tell the Story of William Hollywood, the protagonist introduced in our first single “William”. Sharing music in this way feels fresh and exciting to us and we can’t wait to start rolling out Season 1.

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Carina Glastris
Anastasia Velicescu
Ellen Labbe

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