Seventeen years old Luna Keller grew up in a very musical family – her father playing several instruments like guitar, bass and piano, her mother playing the piano and singing. She has been singing in the local choir with her mum since being 8 and started to try out all kind of instruments at more or less the same age. However, it took her five years to fall in love with the guitar, which she learned to play with the help of her father. She started soon to write her first songs on her new found favourite instrument. Since then she uses her music to express herself and to channel her feelings and emotions – and has found her true passion.
Luna started busking in her hometown on the sunny island of Tenerife and during a brief stay in Ireland and playing small stages and events. She has written and performed songs for special occasions like the International Day against Violence against Women or the recent Ocean and Environmental Day, that was celebrated with the “My Heart Beats Blue Event” hosted by the internet television station 24-7tenerifetv in June 2017.
A while ago, she started recording her first songs together with her dad in their home studio, collaborating with some amazing musicians such as Bruce White (Peter Gabriel, U2, Coldplay, Adele…), who plays the viola on her first released song, Sunset.
With Packing My Bags and Young Love, Luna released two more songs. Packing My Bags was well received and had been chosen by the US record label BHW Music for their 2018 compilation CD 'That Summer'".
Her next release Black and Blue made it into the finals of the Hollywood Songwriter Contest and was nominated for the American Songwriter Contest.
In July 2018 she released her next single Burning House. According to her this is a very personal song that means a lot as it's about a wildfire that lead to her evacuation from her home when she was 6. Burning House made it into the semifinals of the Music City Songstar Award 2018 in Nashville.
Luna just released what she calls "the B side of Burning House" her song "I Try". For her this song is about the hope and courage you need to overcome fears and situations just as she had to after returning to an intact house in the middle of a burned down forest.
Apart from working in the studio with her dad, Luna has got the support of the well known producer Ulli Pfannmüller, who mixed all her songs so far and is a very important part of her team.
Next up for Luna is the final recording and production of her new EP called “Alice is in love with the mad hatter”, loosely based on the book "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Again she is collaborating with some successful and experienced musicians such as keyboard player Ralf Erkel (Haddaway) and Dave Mette (Laith Al-Deen, Philipp Poisel).
by Luna Keller
If my last song (Burning House) was about hopeless situations and fear, this song is about hope and silver linings. That's why for me I Try is the “B side” of Burning house, Because there shouldn't be a situation without hope.
I Try is an important song on my journey of self-discovery through music. Through this song I got to embrace the ups and downs of life. If things go wrong I can always try again and I can't loose, if I keep on trying. So that's what I Try is about, hope and the will to try again after failing until you succeed. The will to love again after your heart get's broken. The courage to overcome your fears, even when it seems like your drowning and to find yourself again after living in a Burning House.
by Luna Keller
I while ago I had a terrible day and for some reason my childhood trauma surfaced. I was laying on my unmade bed and thinking “I'm half dead”. This was the moment were the first line of the song posed up, and I immediately reached for my guitar and wrote this song.
Burning House is about being in a situation that seems to be hopeless, feeling stuck and not knowing how to move on, even if you know you want to. It´s about that feeling you get when things are out of your hands, like when my little 6 year old self stared out the car window and saw the flames (the backround of the cover is a picture taken that night) getting closer to my house. But it´s also about being stuck in a situation, that feels hopeless.
My house didn't burn down and usually situations aren't hopeless. But when they feel like they are, this is my song to process it.
by Luna Keller
I wrote it in Ireland after a very busy day. It's a song about being lost, forgetting what life is for, feeling meaningless...
It is a song full of dark thoughts, but it's also a call for help.
For me it represents the internal fight of someone who lost the will to live, someone just scared of himself, of the ideas in his head and full of doubts. Someone who really just wants someone to save him, to bring him home.
It's not a song about me or anyone I know. It's a song about everyone who walks down the rails looking for a light. I hope everyone gets home safe.
by Luna Keller
There was a special feeling in the air, and this flair is the inspiration of the song. It is my musical photograph of that moment - that feeling that I had as an observer of something as simple and beautiful as young love.
We recorded this song exactly as I wrote it. Same guitar and same melody, to preserve it's original feeling. We only added a keyboard layer.
by Luna Keller
I played it to my parents and they really liked it (all my songs have to pass the "parents' opinion" test).
So my dad and I recorded it together. We changed some things while recording, like the double chorus at the end. After a lot of teamwork the final version was ready.
Now the song feels like travelling with adventures, new people and sometimes a bit lonely too.
I remember playing it on the streets of Waterford in Ireland and feeling a strong connection.
I'm a traveller too, with the hope to find my destination.
Abbey Road Institute with my father and producer Roger Keller
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Coldplay, James Bay, Brett Dennen, Laura Marling, James Blunt, Jack Savoretti...
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
The Guitar, I tried out many instruments before I fell in love with it, but when I did, I did. It just feels so good to come home after a long day, grab the guitar and just play.
3: What was the worst advice?
Any advice that told me to abandon my music and do something else. It's a passion, I can't abandon it without abandoning my happiness... So, bad advice.
4: What was your first concert?
I guess it was in the small theatre of my hometown. It's the first stage I ever stood and played on.
5: What/where is the best road food?
This is a tough question. I love food. The best road food is probably dried fruit, because it doesn't melt and it's delicious.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Be you! It's also the best life advice I've ever got.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
I honestly have no idea.