We caught up with one of our major girl crushes, Tessa Barton, front babe of Luna Lune to chat about all things inspiring, stylish & musical. Find out what makes her a Cartel Babe & why we can’t stop swooning!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Sometimes it’s hard to sit and write about yourself without feeling a little embarrassed. But there are a few things about myself that I have grown to understand and love. If there is one thing I can’t deny, it’s that being creative is my natural state of being. I believe that everything I do all falls into the same energy. Whether I am painting, out taking photos, coming up with a set, writing music, baking, getting dressed, the list goes on and on. I am using all the same energy, it is art to me. I don’t think I will ever be defined by one medium because at the end of the day it all is the same. I come from a family full of all kinds of artists. I grew up believing that anything was possible, limits did not exist and that being creative was just the way of life.
When did you start playing in Luna Lune and how did the band come together?
My start into music came at a young age. I was classically trained in piano and found myself writing music and entering competitions in 5th grade. Now, this music was all piano based, extremely dramatic, key changing, nonsense. I never thought it would really lead to anything else.
But when I was 17 years old, years later, my younger sister, Sophie, was an accomplished singer and songwriter. She convinced me to start writing music with her. I had never sang before, nor did I think I could. But together, we both learned the guitar and began writing songs and playing shows every day. We were opposites in every way, She was fair, blonde, sweet and honest. I was mysterious, darker, older and quieter. Together we had a undeniable chemistry. After a few years of writing together and growing as musicians we had made a name for ourselves and played shows every week. July 28, 2010, Sophie unexpectedly passed away. This was and still is one of the hardest most confusing times of my life.
I had to make a decision, at that time, whether or not I would continue to play or give it up. Music became quickly more than it ever had. I found myself unable to walk away from something that my sister and I shared so strongly and so I continued to play. I quickly recruited my talented brothers to join my band, Luke and Chas, and we started creating a new sound, carrying on the soul and legend of our sister Sophie. Together, we played for two years before bringing in another drummer and that is when we dove into our true sound and became Luna Lune. Going from writing Folk Rock music with my sister to now finding ourselves heavily digging into more Blues and Alternative Rock, I think we have finally come together as a band.
How would you describe your style and what is the relationship between fashion & music for you?
My heart has always been in fashion. What is more fun than using your body as a canvas every day and surprising yourself and other people with what you can come up with? I think it’s so fun to see people push limits and let their clothes do the talking.
Being a musician, I think one has the ability to take risks. I like to think that the way I dress describes the way I play, the music I write, the person I am. I think it all goes hand in hand with truly becoming your art. I don’t think you can ever overdress, maybe that describes how I feel about my music as well. I don’t think you can over perform. I think if you put your heart and soul in it, and it’s you and authentic, then you have nothing to worry about.
Sometimes I look at my closet and think, “Ok, what doesn’t match?” Then I put it together and voila, magic happens, your clothes come to life. I like to combine opposites. Luna Lune is that combination of hard rock with that innocent vulnerability. I like mixing the hards and softs, finding that magic, mixing ground where the opposites attract and gold is created.
What/who do you look to for inspiration?
That is always a hard question because I think it changes so much and is something that is happening on a 24/7 basis. I can get inspired by the way the sky looked one night to a conversation I heard on a bus from a couple sitting by me. But I think I truly love the 60’s and 70’s era. I loved the music and the fashion and the sense of being young and free.
I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads, Etta James, Janis, and Jimi Hendrix. I think there is so much soul to that music. I get inspired by things I feel are deep down authentic. One of my favorite quotes, something that I believe defines my way of life is by Chuck Palahniuk, Choke…
“The unreal is more powerful than the real. Because nothing is as perfect as you can imagine it. Because its only intangible ideas, concepts, beliefs, fantasies that last. Stone crumbles. Wood rots. People, well, they die. But things as fragile as a thought, a dream, a legend, they can go on and on. If you can change the way people think. The way they see themselves. The way they see the world. You can change the way people live their lives. That’s the only lasting thing you can create.”
You live in Salt Lake City, UT. Tell us what that city is like and why you love living there.
I honestly have a true love for my city. SLC is constantly evolving and growing as a culture and a city. I feel fortunate to live in a place where the seasons are so dynamic. I am a nature freak. I love hiking, skiing, boating, running, biking, camping, the possibilities are endless here. You are surrounded by people who are, what I call, Doers. Everyone is constantly coming up with their next adventure, it’s inspiring and healthy.
Utah is packed full of amazing musicians as well. There isn’t a local concert that you wouldn’t leave feeling excited about. I think people have really found a way to culture the local music scene and recognize it for how amazing it is. I love that the city is not to big, it’s small enough you can get around easily, know where everything is. It’s clean but yet has it’s charm and discovery.
Tell us what your ideal Saturday looks like.
I grew up in a house of constant movement. I never really had a moment to sit back and just watch a show or hang out. Every hour was fulfilled and that is something I have become ever so grateful for. I can’t remember the last time I was bored, there is always something I want to try, something I want to create, a place I want to see.
My ideal saturday would be to wake up, walk down to the farmers market with some friends, eat a little breakfast. Find myself in my studio coming up with something new to paint. Taking a break and going on a short hike on a hot summer day to feel some good sunshine and take in what a beautiful place I live in, eat some good chocolate. And top if off with a wicked show that night!
What are you working on right now?
Right now Luna Lune has some exciting things coming along! We are about to start recording our new EP, which we can’t even express how exciting it is going to be. This EP will be the kickstart to our next big adventure. We are pushing our brand and going to come out with some really new exciting things… Some of which will be a small fashion line. So we are getting really excited!
What would you be doing if you weren’t making music?
My second greatest love to music is being a photographer. Something I love most about that is the fashion side of things. Clothes talk! They want to be heard and they want to be enjoyed. I would probably be living in NYC and trying to make a name for myself as a photographer.
You have to tandem bike with a celebrity. Who would it be, why, and who would steer?
I would give anything to tandem bike with Jack White, no questions asked, he would steer! Jack White to me is one of the most insane guitar players but, beyond that, he is the one of the most creative writers and has an extraordinary wardrobe. Just watch him perform for one minute and you will have so much adrenaline you won’t know what to do with yourself.
I can only imagine him on a tandem bike, I think he would take me on one of the strangest adventures of my life! If I can think of one person that lives and breathes his art, it’s Jack White. Down to his core, he is raw talent. His fashion sense is impeccable. I sometimes, when getting dressed think, “What would he wear?” He truly makes you feel like you can find a way to appreciate everything, there is story behind every corner. He enjoys a challenge and finds the beauty in every struggle.
Anything you’d like us to share with our followers?
Right now were are getting ready to hit the studio and record our latest songs! We are so excited, we have really dug deep on this album, got as raw and vulnerable as we could! We want to connect and share our journey. Our next upcoming shows in SLC are below! But get ready for a tour coming in the Fall! We hope we can meet some new friends and fans along the way!
Upcoming shows in SLC:
Check out our Instagram/Twitter to keep updated on new shows: iamlunalune
2/27/14 : University of Utah (SLC)
5/3/14: The Complex (SLC)
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