Venus and the Moon
Maranda Pleasant: How did Venus and the Moon come to be?

Venus and the Moon: We met at a birthday party in L.A. There were a lot of musicians there, and we ended up singing harmonies together on a Neil Young song. We wanted to reconnect and write together. That first writing session was magical, and we ended up in the studio until 4 a.m. That was the birth of Venus and the Moon. Then it kind of became its own entity.

MP: What is the thing you like most about making music together?

VATM: It feels like a time for collaborating and coming together in general in the world, but it’s not easy to find a collaborator with whom it seems effortless and magical to create. We trust each other; it’s a joyful, loving kind of creativity. It’s quite different from the solo, wall-staring perch that we’ve become accustomed to. It’s actually fun and very healing to write together. Perhaps that’s because there’s less ego involved.

MP: Why do you think artists can effect change?

VATM: Our aim in making music together is to create some healing and more positivity in the world. We’re all in this together. Artists have a responsibility to use their voices to inspire and uplift, to open hearts, to be conduits for social change. For us, the only real benefit of fame is having a larger platform to echo the collective consciousness for change.

Venus and the Moon is a new incarnation by Frally Hynes and Rain Phoenix, a collaborative intersection that cuts a unique genre, Galactic Country. They aim to bring the goddess back while extolling the virtues of the masculine. Chris Stills and Rufus Wainwright are special guests on the seven-inch released on Manimal Vinyl.

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