Getting To Know... Tex Moonlight

Following on from the enormous praise for his recently shared singles ‘Break My Heart’ and ‘Cracks’ earlier this year, LA-based singer and songwriter Tex Moonlight has now returned with his vibrant new offering 'God Knows I Love It'.

Channelling the broad and inventive direction of artists like Phosphorescent and Beck, 'God Knows I Love It' makes for a wonderfully rich and mesmerising listen. Adopting a broad and adventurous approach to production, which sees him blend electronic beats with a folk-based bed, this new release showcases his warm and effervescent songwriting from start to finish.

So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

I think I fell in love with the voice straightaway. It’s just so personal, it’s so…you. A guitar player can fall back on technical difficulties, but when the singing is bad that’s on you!

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

Loved it all. My parents always had a radio playing in the house. So a ton of 60s and 70s were slowly percolating in the background of my childhood from Acid Rock and Motown to Country Soul and Disco.

What was the first album you remember owning?

My first album was Kiss “Alive.” Things were never the same after that!!

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Oh man, one song? I hear tracks all the time and seethe with envy! It’s a tie between “Cupid” by Sam Cooke and “Time of Your Song” by Matisyahu. Both have this great arrow imagery in them. Maybe I need to explore that?

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

I’m usually inspired or directed by the music first. One of my favorite ways to write is to listen to demos while driving and just see what comes out.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Orville Peck, Jamie Wyatt, Sharon Van Etten, La Roux.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?


What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Songwriting has always been an escape for me. It’s like an creative endeavor it’s a nice little break from reality. Even when you’re writing about a real event you can always float a little mythology in there.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The pay is not so good!

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Write what you like, write what you know, if you don’t know, make it up. I think the point being to keep writing!!


Tex Moonlight's new single 'God Knows I Love It' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it in the player below.