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Q&A | Elizabeth Moen talks to TLMT ahead of Dublin show

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American songwriter Elizabeth Moen will return to Dublin this month, playing a headline show in Whelan’s on July 18th. Moen recently took the time to talk to TLMT about what she’s been listening to, inspirations and upcoming single ‘Headgear’. 

What’s the last record you bought?

The last record I bought was Sasami’s debut record.

What’s the last song you played on Spotify?

The last song I played on Spotify was “You Can Have It All” by Yo La Tengo. Oldie but a goodie.

What inspires your music?

My music is inspired by pretty much anything that makes me feel enough to write something down about it. Lately, a lot of songs have been about personal growth and mental health. Some sappy love songs too. Plenty of sad love songs always. ALWAYS.

You have a new single called ‘Headgear’, coming out. How was it written/recorded? 

Headgear was written pretty quickly one-afternoon last summer. I was feeling pretty low and the guitar riff on it boosted my spirits. Then the lyrics came shortly after. When I came to Ireland last summer, the bandmates I have here (Caoi de Barra, Oisín Furlong, and Alan Dooley) and I turned it into something more intricate and fun than I had even hoped. We recorded it with Gavin Glass at Hellfire Studios.

What are your thoughts on the current output from the Irish music scene?

The Irish music scene is why I come to Ireland at least once a year for an extended period of time. It’s thriving and full of really talented artists. Every genre is thriving it seems. It’s quality stuff and I appreciate how supportive everyone is of each other too. Most shows I go to in Dublin are full of other musicians in the crowd. It’s a real good vibe.

What are your plans for 2019?

The rest of 2019 I’ll head back to the U.S. to tour on the coasts, a bit of the south, and the Midwest this summer/fall. My band from the states and I will tour Italy in November. Hopefully, figure out a label amidst all the touring and record the next album!

Tickets to see Elizabeth Moen live in Whelan’s on July 18th are priced at €10 and are on sale now via whelanslive.com.

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