By Nacho González
After graduating from college in Boston last year, Felipe 'Chaco' Campos and Tom Hampton packed their bags and moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue their musical dreams. The roommates had a band together with other musicians in Boston and last fall, a new musical project coalesced - Majik Moon La Goon. Chaco, lead singer and guitarist, is originally from Buenos Aires while Tom, from California, plays the keys, synth bass, and backing vocals. Drummer Juan Manuel Sánchez, from Colombia, rounds up the core formation of this indie folk fusion band.
We spoke to Tom and Chaco during U-LAB's White Sessions about how this new band got together and their introspective sound.
Nacho González, U-LAB: How do you describe your music?
Chaco: "Indie, folk, a little bit of electronic..."
Tom: "A mix and mash of instrumentation. It has an electronic feel in some parts, especially with Juanma triggering certain things, the synth bass and then the acoustic guitar has a folkie style."
Chaco: "It feels it’s going to change because it’s so recent. It’s fun, it’s definitely fun."
U-LAB: Your songs feel like journeys. What are you inspired by?
Tom: "A lot of emotion, subtleties... it naturally flows into place that way. Our songs tend to go into journeys, spaces, pockets, loud moments, soft moments..."
Chaco: "Dark moments…there’s a lot of dark moments. [laughs]
Chaco: "In 'To the Moon’, the reason why it has that sound, is the long winters in Boston. Most of the songs began in Boston during the long winter, that’s why they sound mellow, melancholic . ‘To the Moon’ is about letting go and looking at yourself.
Tom: 'A lot of introspective vibes...."
Chaco: “'Bone and Arrow', we wrote a few weeks ago. It’s about when you go deep into a relationship and you realize it’s something that’s going to affect you for the rest of your life."
U-LAB: What are the advantages of being in a band with people from other places?
Tom: "It’s remarkable how it doesn’t feel like there’s any kind of barrier between us, given the fact that we’re all from different countries. Music is a language that speaks for itself and transcends borders. It’s more so that our personalities and our connection with each other as friends is what binds the project and makes it work."
U-LAB: ....in a context where the political situation is so against immigration and the exchange of people from different backgrounds...
Chaco: "People are just so polarized. In a way, it makes the idea stronger of ‘wait, there’s no difference' [among people]. It’s a great reason to make music."
Tom: "It’s in a way motivating to try to show, or lead by example, that you know...we're all people."
'To the Moon' (White Sessions)
Next week, we'll be presenting Tonina as part of U-LAB's White Sessions.