With Bumbershoot this weekend, Â Seattle is in for a treat. OnÂ Monday September 5, Fly Moon Royalty will be performing live. The combination that makes up Electro-Soul duo Fly Moon Royalty is vocalist Adra Boo and DJ/Producer/Emcee Action Jackson.
I was lucky enough to catch them perform at The Crocodile earlier this summer and was quite amazed. Talk aboutÂ uniquenessÂ with a sophisticated electronic touch. As I sat in the merchandiseÂ booth I got to overhear the public “Ohhh-ing” and “Ahh-ing” over them.
This type of team doesn’t happen every day. As I got to know them better, I realized Adra and Jackson have such a bright future together. Their bio explains their background in music: Adra, a Seattle native and sophisticated songstress, whose inspiration is drawn from everyday life, has been making a name for herself in the theater and burlesque community. Jackson, who re-located to Seattle from Michigan in 2009, is the musician’s musician in every sense of the phrase. He credits great artists such as Danny Elfman, DJ Premier and Stevie Wonder as some of his biggest influences and inspirations; he also continues to make his mark on the radar as a DJ in the Seattle area.
Their style is soulful, with electronic textures – which makes up the backbone of their sound. Adra’s voice carries you away to wherever she wants you to go. I appreciate Jackson’s musical understanding. His beats and production paint the overlap you hear, including influences drawn from the golden era of Hip Hop as well as a deep feel of 60s-influenced jazz and soul sounds.
After recording their self- titled debut project and releasing it independently in early 2011, Fly Moon Royalty caught the ear of DeVon Manier, President of Seattle-based indie Hip Hop label Sportn’ Life Records, and re-released it together. You can listen to their music here, and catch them Monday September 5 at Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.
For more information on the acts at Bumbershoot this year, check out our Bumbershoot 2011 Guide.