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Hello Luna (Artist Review)

Written by Maggie Sapet (VIC)

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Alternative rock trio Hello Luna began as separate entities – Kenzie Ryan (vocals/guitar) was recording a solo project and was introduced to Michael Neumaier (drums) as her session drummer. After recording, the duo decided to form a full band underscored by soft-pop vocals with more rock influenced instrumentation. Ryan and Neumaier met Diego Vilasmil (bass) through mutual friends in the Columbus music scene in January this year and after a quick audition, it was decided he would make up the final line up of what is now known as Hello Luna.



Hello Luna

Hello Luna




The Columbus-based trio have been involved with music for more than a decade and it is something that they have all gravitated toward throughout their lives in one way or another. Ryan has always been an avid music lover, but never thought she would pursue a career in it. However, with the support of friends and family; they encouraged her to pursue it. Neumaier meanwhile was always around music growing up and it felt very natural to keep playing music outside of the casual bit parts in bands formed during high school; whilst Vilasmil credits his mother as a significant inspiration in him pursuing his musical dreams. Vilasmil’s mother never pursued a career in music, but he absorbed her love for it and her drive in everything she does.

The three individuals that make up Hello Luna means that they all have different musical influences that all come together to create the alternative rock sound of the Columbus natives. Ryan draws inspiration from a wide variety of bands, including Cat Power, The Pixies, The Shins and Silver Sun Pickups. Neumaier grew up listening to punk bands like NoFX and Blink 182 that led him to pick up playing instruments. These influences later shifted to more visceral bands such as Radiohead and Mars Volta. If you ask Vilasmil, music is always evolving and he loves being influenced by new bands and genres. However, growing up and learning how to play; his main influences include Blink 182, Story Of The Year, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Muse. These influences combine on the demo track from Hello Luna called Stitching Holes. It was the first song Ryan wrote on electric guitar and the track itself encapsulates the meaningful lyrics from her singer/songwriter music, but with the energy and excitement indicative of a rock song. The process of song writing more broadly for Ryan sparks inspiration from delving into a completely different genre of music then what she was comfortable with.

The band only really started in January this year and thus their first out-of-town show is a real career highlight. It was in Cincinnati on a Thursday night and they thought nobody was going to show up. However, once they started playing; the room started filling up with complete strangers who really loved their music. They made lots of new friends and fans that night. Understandably, Ryan, Neumaier and Vilasmil all had huge smiles on their faces the entire drive home. One could think that the experience Hello Luna had that night will be the first of many to come. Perhaps that will mean one day, the trio won’t have day jobs as they do now – Ryan is a cosmetologist, Neumaier thinks he would be pursuing an IT career if it wasn’t for music and Vilasmil would take more of an interest in music production.

With their whole career ahead of them, there is still a lot left to achieve for Hello Luna. Neumaier would like to release an album – one that really resonates with people and is supported by people who have not witnessed the band play live; whilst Vilasmil would love the opportunity to tour with some of their aforementioned musical influences. It is not out of the realms of possibility that one day Hello Luna could grace the famed Wembley Stadium stage…if Vilasmil has anything to do with it. If he is short of inspiration on any one day, his default will always be watching Muse live at Wembley from 2007. Maybe one day he and his band mates will be kicking back watching a recording of Hello Luna live at Wembley. There is a long way to go before that happens, but there is nothing wrong with dreaming big.







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Maggie Sapet (VIC)

October 22nd, 2016

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Maggie Sapet (VIC)

VIC, Australia Ever since I can remember I've wanted to be a music journalist. Plenty of people I say this to try to tell me that such a job doesn't exist. I aim to prove them wrong and continually aspire to be the best music journalist I can be. I completed a Master of Journalism at the University of Melbourne in 2013 and now I'm 100% focussed on becoming a music journalist, in saying that though I'll be the most untraditional of journalists. I write the way I speak and I like it that way. I hope to showcase independent/unsigned Aussie & sometimes international bands and artists. In saying that though, I'd also love the opportunity to speak with acts signed to the majors too. The dream is to interview the bands who mean the world to me, for their music and everything they stand for as well as who they are as people - Fall Out Boy and Mallory Knox! It will happen one day, I truly believe that! "Where words fail, music speaks" - Hans Christian Andersen

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