The thing we love most about Spinnup is the fact that we represent a global artist community – creators and music makers from every genre and gender, race and religion, age and orientation. And we’re proud of each and every one of them for taking their passions, thoughts and feelings and turning it into music that we can all connect with, dance to, and share with each other.
In honour of Pride month, we want to celebrate the LGBT+ community and our wonderful artists who belong to it. One such artist is MOODY, one of our 59-strong Spinnup alumni – artists that distributed their music through Spinnup and went on to be signed by Universal Music.
After releasing her debut EP Golden Souls with Spinnup in 2016, A&Rs at Universal Music in her home country of Denmark picked up on the talented songwriter, producer and vocalist and signed her to the label. Fast forward to 2019 and MOODY has released four major label singles, been the subject of an incredible two-part documentary on Danish broadcaster DR3, and last year performed to a very receptive crowd at Copenhagen’s Pride festival.
As a vocal advocate for the LGBT+ community, we fired some questions over to MOODY to find out how she remains authentic in her music, her thoughts on progress, and what’s up next for her music.
How old were you when you came out and how important was it for you to present your authentic self?
I was about 16 years old when I started telling people about my sexuality. I had known for years that I was into girls, but I was so afraid of peoples reaction that I just couldn’t tell anyone. I had never had a girlfriend but when I got my first girlfriend I had to tell people. And thankfully everyone was respectful and loving and caring towards me. Nothing changed. I was very fortunate.
I think it was important for me to tell people because I would never wanna hide who I love. I never wanna hide a person that I care about, so staying true to me and to us was the best way for me to come out.
You’ve been very open about yourself and your sexuality right from your first independent release as an unsigned artist, through to being signed by and releasing music with Universal. Many artists struggle to achieve this, tell us how you managed to remain true to yourself throughout this journey.
I really want to show people who listen to my music who I am. And I wouldn’t be able to do that if I was writing love songs about boys. Even though who I love isn’t what is the most important thing for people to know about me, I just want to show people that you can love whoever you want to. When I listen to an artist and I can feel them being honest and I believe what they are singing about, that’s when music is most beautiful to me. I wanna be that artist.
The lyrics of ‘Taboo’ strongly deal with the idea of gender identity and sexual orientation, what was it like creating and then releasing that as your second major label single?
It was absolutely amazing! It felt like such a victory to see peoples positive reaction to the song no matter what gender or sexual orientation they have. It’s about love and acceptance, and just being true to you, so for people to give the song so much love was really something I’ll cherish forever.
How important is it for you to advocate for the rights of the LGBT community?
It is very important for me to be one of the now many LGBT faces in the mainstream pop industry because I wanna show everyone with a dream of making music, that your sexuality or gender shouldn’t stop you from achieving your dreams and doing what you love.
Increasingly artists are opening up and truly representing the LGBT community – artists like Troye Sivan, Ollie from Years & Years, and yourself, of course – being honest about personal experiences and steering away from heterosexual pronouns, which hasn’t always been the case in the music industry. Has this had an effect on how you write or help you open up in your music?
I really look up to every artist before me who have written so personally about their experience with love and heartbreak. It’s not easy. No matter who you love or what you like. Those artists have definitely had a big impact on how I write songs – they’ve made me feel like I could and should do whatever I want and just be me. I hope my music can do that for someone as well.
What advice would you give to other LGBT musicians out there?
Don’t be afraid to be 100% you! The people who judge you are not worth your precious time. Use that energy to create something beautiful and show them that you are more than a label.
There has been so much progress in how sexuality is understood but there is still a lot of work to be done, as an advocate in music for the LGBT community what has stood out to you as something that needs improvement?
I find it really invasive and disrespectful when people ask me for intimate details about my love life. Even people I don’t know personally. And they feel entitled to know how two girls have sex. I don’t owe anyone to speak on such things, because it’s personal. No matter what sexuality you have. I would never ask anyone that I wasn’t extremely close with about those kinds of things.
You performed at last year’s Pride event in your home city of Copenhagen (above) and the crowd was wild. Tell us about that experience
It was mental! I have never before experienced that feeling of just being 100% home. It was the ultimate party and people were going wild!! I hope I get to do that again someday.
How do you plan to celebrate Pride this year?
I’m planning to follow the parade through all of Copenhagen with all of my best friends this year and I can’t f***ing wait to celebrate love with all of them!
What can we expect next from Moody – do you have more new music on the way?
I do! I’m in the studio all the time these days and you can expect some wild things coming real soon. It’s gonna be so good❤️