After releasing his debut EP “Bonnie Hill” earlier this year, rap artist Archy Moor is emerging from Dublin’s music scene with intrigue and mesmerising qualities. And this is no more evident in his recent singles, “Don’t Send For Your Dogs” which explores themes of individualism and perceived ambivalence, “Chain On Legs”, which includes Moor’s signature lyricism, as well as the frantic and ominous “Sick”.
Fresh from supporting established artists Denzel Curry and Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn in Dublin, Moor’s rise is well and truly underway, and he has already established himself as the elusive artist on the scene. A performance well done for Moor, leaving the audience thinking he’s ‘crazy’.
Once again working with close collaborator Earl Saga on the new releases – Moor chats through his creative process across all of his tracks with Wonderland, and who we should be looking out for on the Irish music scene.
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Who and what influences you to create?
Realness is what drives me to keep things pushing. I tend not to look to other artists to find inspiration as I try to keep what I make as much as I can and in the moment of creation as possible. Anytime I see people I care about, be it friends or family achieve something they’ve been pushing for I just get hyped and often hit Earl to send me a loose beat so I can get some ideas down ASAP.
How did you first find your sonic pocket?
Lots of trial and error. I feel like I’ve always been a storyteller from a young age, like I used to write novels a lot and usually added a lot of detail when it came to describing what was being read. So that’s found its way into my music, always kind of making sure what I’m saying can be seen in your mind when you’re listening – whether it’s a more chill song or something hype. With that in mind, my style just translates across different types of production which is why things are still “me” even when the style of production differs.
How did you first start working with Earl Saga and what is it about the creative relationship that works?
I met Earl at the top of lockdown, literally just sent him an Instagram message saying I liked his work and if he’d be down to do Zoom sessions which is how we started working together. Then as soon as things started opening back up I started heading over to Milton Keynes to work and since we’ve been all over; Japan, Los Angeles, Paris, Korea, it’s crazy. I think we just both understand each other as people which, these days, for some reason not many seem to do with each other inside music. Like I see him as a good mate first before I do a producer so that friendship just finds its way into what we do super seamlessly which is why things just happen with zero stress or worries.
Do you think Irish artists are sometimes overlooked in the UK and specifically the London scene?
I think with anywhere you just have to make whatever it is you’re doing undeniable whether people want to pay attention or not. Nowadays, people will watch without letting you know they are, so it gives off mixed signals. Great music carries over into any scene so I think we just need to focus and continue that and the rest will take shape as and when it does!
What Irish artists should we be listening to?
My boy Alex Gough, crazy talented and Khakikid for sure setting the pace.
We loved the EP “Bonnie Hill”, how is it looking back on the project?
It’s really crazy, it was really not too long ago since it was released but the creation process, man – that goes back years. In those years it was really a discovery period through many highs and lows I had to go through. I’m thankful though that it was the case because it’s made me more aware and more driven in what I’ve done since. Just crazy, that project put me on a plane to America and Asia which I still don’t quite believe happened. Life memories there, for real.
How was supporting the legendary Denzel Curry and Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn on their recent Dublin dates?
Ah man, it was nuts. In both instances I really just let it all out and gave it my all. There’s only 30 minutes to make an impression even if I leave the stage and people think I’m crazy, that’s a job well done. Frankie and Harvey were super cool, love those guys. Hoping to get some music out with them soon. At the Denzel show, the crowd did not let me play anything but “Sick”. Probably got three songs done beforehand then about 6 reloads of “Sick” with the energy getting crazier each time. I wanted to slow things down but they told me shut the f*ck up and go again, so we did. Mosh pits were mental. Chopped it up with Denzel after his set for a minute, he was cool, we kind of sort of talked about Pokémon.
“Sick” is another great offering, what’s the thought behind that one?
There’s really just so much shit that I can’t be bothered with when it comes to making music. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as “make the music and release it.” There’s a lot of extras that go into it that sometimes can drive you up the wall. It was such an instinctive song that I really didn’t write and rewrite it, it was an on the spot rant and we ran with it. That day, myself and Earl were supposed to do some other press stuff and that got called off, so we made this instead. Got some ideas off some vinyl we bought when we were out in Japan so it was pretty cool time spent together.
Can we expect more of the same on your forthcoming EP “Cosy”?
Not exactly, I’m singing on one joint which I haven’t done before so let’s see how that goes! Still on my storytelling buzz though, with a splash of energy in there now. I’m excited to put it out!
What else is to come from you this year?
I have my first headline show this September which should be really cool! Looking forward to that. Then towards the end of year I’m in Korea for a good while with Earl working on some more music. We will be working with different artists out there so really gassed for that. Also think I’m going to rewatch Barbie out there, the cinema I watched it in was whack.
What are your career ambitions?
Man, I just want to keep it as real as possible for as long as possible. If I can do everything I want to do, tour, travel, make sick music all while maintaining what I’m about as a person. That’s the one. For me that’s the career I want. I’m not trying to change up what I’m on for the sake of winning.