First things first, give us a breakdown of your stage name. Where did ‘KD Moons’ come from?
Well, growing up, my fam always just called me Caity. My full name is Caitlynn. KD just shortens it up. No one ever spells my name right (laughs)—as for Moons… I love the moon. Worship it maybe? It’s sort of the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
Take us back to your upbringing and how you got started in music…
Music was always a part of my upbringing. Especially where I grew up [in Joliet, Illinois]. It was always a consistent thing. Whether playing—or watching my older siblings play, rather—basketball in the alley behind the church. I sang with the church for a while, while also being encouraged to learn piano and take voice lessons. Vocals were always my strong suit. String instruments are the spiritual connection that stuck. Quite literally. Couldn’t stop even if I wanted to.
I always like to ask for an artist’s Top Five. Can you give us your biggest musical influences? (It can be in any order)
Amy Winehouse, Trippie Redd, Janis Joplin, Korn, Nine Inch Nails
That explains a lot about the diversity of your sound. How would you classify your style, if you had to?
Let’s talk about the new EP. What inspired the title, ‘What You Are Told’?
Oh, there’s a lot one can be told in regard to how one’s life “should” be or what more one could be doing to make life “easier”—but, ultimately, following your heart is the most efficient source of information. Just protect your ears and your intelligence with what’s going on in the world.
And what can we expect from the full-length?
I plan to transition my sound and I hold my significance specifically to “Two Eyed Bullet,” which put me in my best creative headspace of tranquility and motivation. The tracks on ‘What You Are Told’ will give listeners the opportunity to understand my background as a musician. I have a lot to say and I am going to say it.
Now, I know you just recently signed a deal with an agency in LA, do you have any plans to relocate?
Definitely working on it. “Money trees is the perfect place for shade, that’s just how I feel.”
What about a tour?
Hey, sign me the f*** up!
How has COVID19 affected your creative output?
I was always very business-oriented and, honestly, the opportunity avoid the things that kept me stressed out (i.e work, bills, etc.) and to live in simplicity drew the only output I knew prior to anything important as an adult. Music. So I flew for about five months; then made it a pertinent goal.
When this is all over, what’s the first thing you’ll probably do with your newfound freedom?
Try to set up an art show/concert with some awesome collaborations; even if it’s in someone’s backyard.
Well I think that just about wraps it up, before we get outta here, let One West readers know where they can find you online…
Have a beautiful week! Love y’all so damn much, keep on rockin’ in the free world.