Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
Hi! We are Moonray, Barb and Jonray Higginbotham. We are a husband and wife indie-pop duo, and we have a slight obsession with vintage synthesizers and analog equipment. Aside from writing and recording our own music, we also record other artists at our home studio and run a live sound company called Kingdom Sound. We are very fortunate and blessed to work in the music industry. Getting to experience the different angles from creation to live sound.
You’re newlyweds. What came first, Moonray or your relationship?
Jonray: Our relationship came first, at the time, when we first met, Barb was looking at law school and a career in music was not something she ever thought possible. We dated for 2 years before I pulled her up on stage with me to do some synth bass on my solo project. Soon after that, Moonray was born and there was no turning back.
Is it easier to write music with someone that you have so much real chemistry with?
Music is a universal language. You can make music with anybody. But I will say it’s become more real for us. And you could say it’s easier. The chemistry is like the cosmic jelly holding it together in between the notes.
How would you describe your musical style?
Modern Pop with a Retro Vibe. We like using vintage drum machines that have a recognizable sign but also adding modern elements with lots of bass and ‘70s and ‘80s melodic electric guitar floating through polysynths and vocoder harmonies. We do luv the bass.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Come Away”?
It’s the first song that feels closer to our Moonray authenticity. The song has synthtropical island vibes, it was written while traveling and finished in our studio in Austin, TX. Mixed and polished off by Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin. Released on our wedding day, it will forever be our wedding song.
Do you have any plans for an EP or full-length album in the near future?
Indeed we do! Finishing off a collection of 4 tunes that will be our first Moonray EP. Also working on our full-length album Digital Moon that was partially recorded at the Village Studios with guest drummers Joe Travers and Johnny Radelat.
Do you have any live shows coming up? What’s the audience experience like when they see you live?
No shows on the book yet. Still in the workshop restructuring our live show. They all seem to enjoy it! People are intrigued by our set up and unique sound, and they often wonder how we get a big sound with just the 2 of us.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
Keep your dreams alive and focus on your health because it truly plays a large part in your day-to-day success. And as Miles Davis said “The note is only 20%. Attitude is 80%.” Also, love yourself and be proud of where you are at. Don’t compare your art to others’. We’re all unique snowflakes.
What are your lives like outside of music?
Haha, music, music, and more music. We love personal growth and music books and enjoy camping when we can. Other than that, as mentioned earlier, we run a recording studio and live sound company in Austin, TX.
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