Eli Moon is the latest local artist to find his way to CBW’s Independent Spotlight.
Eli Moon is a local artist from Cleveland Ohio who made his CBW Radio debut on October 14th, 2022 with his single High Prices. The song was featured on The Rock Revival’s weekly Independent Spotlight segment which highlights local, independent, and underrated artists. Show host, Style, got together with Moon to dive a little deeper into his music and career.
Who Is Moon?
When did you begin making music?
“I began making music in 2018, a few years after just messing around in a previous friend’s home studio. A few buddies of mine were starting to create music and I really wanted to try my hand at it. I started recording at Signal Flow Studios and releasing music on SoundCloud. It took me a few years to get my music to all streaming platforms. There are actually two projects, “Phases of The Moon and “Conversations Held While No One’s Around, that are exclusively on SoundCloud.”
How would you describe your sound?
“When I first began making music, I was strictly rapping. I didn’t believe in my own voice to sing so I stuck with rap. As I started working with my brother NARR8R, I began to push myself to explore new avenues about my creativity as an artist. I started to sing more and released a single made for my girlfriend titled “Skyla” to highlight my album “Moon & Sky”. It was there I realized that I wanted to incorporate all genres of music into my arsenal.
I’ve gone from “Rocky Road R&B”, which is sweet R&B with a crunch, to pop and alternative music. I feel like every song in my entire collection of music has a different sound to it. I don’t like being stuck in a box and embrace new challenges so I’m always trying something different”
Who have been your biggest musical influences?
“From the mainstream, artists that have influenced me are Mac Miller, Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper and Tyler, The Creator. I feel like all four of those artists embraced their inner creative side and let everything hang out emotion-wise for the audience. Lyricism with a bit of an edge has been something that’s always drawn me into music and I think that’s reflected in my own music.”
What went into High Prices?
“So at the time I was working two jobs and saving up a lot of my money for my next projects. I decided I wanted to get a feature from a known artist in Cleveland. I ended up paying a $500 deposit and then after that everything became complicated. The feature fell through, I never got my deposit back and High Prices was made the very next day. The song is a reflection of the music industry in a way that a good amount of people aren’t interested in your talent unless your financial status matches that. I’m trying to pave a way for the artists that don’t always have the financial backing right away.”
What does it mean for you to be showcased on CBW Radio?
“It’s an honor to be featured on CBW Radio. Whenever I can speak on my journey and am graced with the opportunity to do so, it’s a blessing. I know you guys have been building something special here so it’s awesome to have Cleveland talent supporting Cleveland talent.”
Where else can listeners find your music?
“Anyone can find my music on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, etc). My Instagram is @themantheycallmoon and there’s a direct link in my bio to check out my music there as well. Here’s the link for easier access: https://linktr.ee/EliMoonMusic“
What shows or projects can we look forward to in the near future?
“I actually just performed at The Odeon Lounge on October 1st with my brothers NARR8R, King Pala and Vyse. We are a tight-knit bunch known as “Family Ties”. As far as shows for the end of 2022, stay tuned on my social media pages to see what’s next.
I really have been using this time recently to put together my next releases. I’m thinking maybe one more single this year and a project to begin 2023. Stay tuned, we’ll see! Much love and many blessings to everyone out there rocking with me, it means the world to me!”
We thank Moon for taking the time to give us a peek behind the process and look forward to what the future brings. High Prices can be heard on CBW Radio as part of our regular rotation or any of your favorite streaming services.