Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight for March is Honeymoan, a Cape Town-based 4-piece group who, in the short space of time that they’ve been together, have garnered global attention with their slick, pop offering.
“We’re incredibly excited to be Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight for March. It means the world to us to be championed by Apple Music, whose playlist features and support have really benefited our musical careers to date,” stated Honeymoan.
Their latest EP Weirdo is now available to stream on Apple Music, and is their first release on the back of their signing to UK label, Communion Records. Weirdo deals with the day-to-day struggles of the average twenty-something who feels out of place in a fast-paced, modern world.
After connecting in 2017 for what was supposed to be a simple jam session, Alison Rachel (vocals), Skye MacInnes (guitar), Josh Berry (bass) and Kenan Tatt (drums) realised that they were onto something more than they had originally conceived.
With their members drawn from a host of different local bands (Sakawa Boys, Twin Weaver, Yndian Mynah), they have formed a unique quartet with influences that range from Psychedelia to Indie to Shoegaze, whilst still maintaining their distinct South African sound.
Grounded in Alison Rachel’s penchant for tackling subjects not often covered in conventional pop music (depression, anxiety, middle class guilt, owning one’s sexuality), Honeymoan has crafted a sound that draws from a wide-range of inspiration including Drake, Alvvays, Red Hot Chili Peppers, St Vincent and Tame Impala.
They rounded off 2019 by selling out their first UK tour and now with their selection as Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight – 2020 is off to an exciting start for Honeymoan.
About Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight
Apple Music’s New Artist Spotlight is a monthly artist development feature focussed on identifying, showcasing and elevating rising star talent across Africa. Each month, Apple Music’s editorial team selects an artist to promote, utilizing the full extent of the platform to raise awareness of the artist. The program has been running for the past four years and the support given to artists includes main page and genre page featuring, inclusion on the global African Editor page, Beats 1 support, inclusion in top playlists including Mzansi Hits, A-List South Africa, Mzansi House, Future Hits, Mzansi Hip-Hop, New Music Daily, Rising, the brand new playlist Africa Now and more!
Past New Artist Spotlight talent includes award winning and critically acclaimed artists such as Sho Madjozi, Amanda Black, Shekhinah, Shane Eagle, Sun El Musician, The Big Hash, Simmy, Ami Faku and Elaine.
With over 60 million songs, Apple Music offers a free 3-month trial with no commitment and is ad-free. Apple Music is available on iPhone and iPad and also for download from Google Play for Android devices.