From construction worker to platinum-selling artist, Niko Moon shares it all
Emerging country artist Niko Moon joins Michael Franti Remain human podcast to discuss the early musical roots of Moon growing up in Atlanta, meeting his wife, and releasing his first EP Good time, and much more.
Finding a fascination with music from an early age, Moon explains that it was his father, who was a drummer, who first got him hooked.
“Just watching him play the drums when he was a kid I thought it was magic. I couldn’t understand how it all happened at the same time. How he made all of his arms do it all. and legs at the same time, “Moon told Franti.” I always knew I wanted to make music. I didn’t really know how, if it was an artist, a musician, producer or songwriter, I just knew I wanted to be a part of music somehow. So pretty much as soon as I learned to play guitar When I was 15, I was never interested in learning to shred on a guitar, as soon as I learned G, C and D, I went to the races on writing Songs. was much more interesting to me.
Fast forward to Moon’s move to Nashville after messing around in groups in high school and college. He was quickly offered a publishing deal with Warner-Chappell Music and has since collaborated with stars such as Zac Brown, Morgan Wallen, Dierks Bentley and others to write country charts.
Even with the natural talent and tenacity he has had from a young age, Moon credits his wife, Anna moon, who is also a musician, for helping him advance his career. Anna helped teach the musician how to treat his profession as serious work.
“She’s the best thing that ever happened to me, man, she saved me. Because back then, I was partying really, really hard. I drank a lot, I smoked a lot, and I’m embarrassed about it. say it because as a singer. I’m supposed to be serious as a professional singer. I’m supposed to be serious about my voice, not to smoke like two packs of cigarettes a day. I drank like a fifth a day and I was partying really, really hard, I was living this life. And she was the one who really encouraged me like, ‘Hey, you’re really good and you should take this more seriously.’ I was like, ‘I’m taking this seriously.’ You know, I thought I took things seriously, but she kind of helped me grow, ”Moon says.
Working as creative partners and not just life partners, Moon also shares that she helped as a second opinion for his solo work – which he didn’t want to share publicly until he felt the material was ready. His EP ended up doing amazingly well for a first release and the title track “Good time”Became a first platinum single.
Nonetheless, Moon never lets success get the better of him. For him, he says, staying human is about being true to yourself and doing your best every time.
For the remainder of their conversation in which they talk about Moon’s time as a construction worker to accidentally open for Zac Brown, how he’ll perform alongside Franti on the Soulshine at sea cruise, and more, check out the Remain human Podcast.