Interview: Maybug


There’s something ultimately akin to a a parent sending their kid to university, college, boarding school or generally just “away” from them about running a label. In the context of doing so-called “introductory releases” – this is the process whereby people like us make it alright for people like, well, you to be into and champion things that we generally struggle to understand why more people aren’t already into it all, typically all under the wider remit of what is understood to be branding – we’ve borne witness to a number of artists or bands that we’re lucky to work with in a pretty formative way generally go through this graduating process to someone who they fancy more than us. Usually people with more money. It sucks, we tell thee – but then again we’re making great strides to remedy that, which might go some way as to why we make a seemingly-insane bid for independence at the tail end of last year. It is a similar state of affairs with blogs; in the context of people generally going on to get bigger and better coverage from those who are basically bigger and better than us. Ironically that is the point of all of this, in furtherance of our overall mission that is inclusive of trying to rid the (or, rather, our) world of this fucked-up sense of proprietorship in musical artistry. Wish us luck on that one eh. Anyway, having just thought about what we’ve written we’re somehow trying to apply this to our wonderful interviewee Maybug. We have blog history coming out of most orifices as far as Joseph Dunn is concerned. We’ve premiered a bunch of his tracks. Maybe a video or two. We’ve had several cups of tea at our offices (at least one of which was in fact a living room of a ground floor flat). We’ve put him on at a show at The King’s Head. All kinds of stuff. Fast-forward to present day and it looks like Mr Maybug has gone and sorted himself out with a brand new EP called Pollen Odyssey from which a new track called Out To See is going around tickling the aforementioned bigger/better outlets than our own. Has Maybug outgrown our boyish and/or juvenile high jinx and japery? Has he graduated from the Killing Moon School of Fuckabouts and stepping up into Music Industry Big School? Does anyone give a shit other than us? Let’s fucking find out.

Could you introduce yourselves for the hi-brow readership of the Killing Moon blog?

I’m Joseph Paul Dunn. Born in Leamington Spa. 1991. Grew up in West Sussex. Currently based in Bristol. I have played guitar and written songs for ages! I play music under the name Maybug. The crown of my head is very flat. So my party trick is that I can place things on it, be it a glass or whatever.

KM: What did we do wrong Joe? WHAT DID WE DO? Also, we could have sworn you were a child of the 80’s. Looks like you made a fool outta us again huh.

Maybug – Out To Sea

Favourite release of the last 12 months, and why?

I would say it’s between Father John Misty and Tobias Jesso Jr‘s recent albums. Being a Singer-Songwriter myself, I tend to lean to that sort of thing. They are both doing classic songwriting very well and with a modern take on it. So bang on it for me.

KM: We ain’t banging on shit for you. Actually, yeah we are. Here’s the Father.


Favourite show of the last 12 months, and why?

Again torn between Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Sun Kil Moon both at Primavera in Barcelona. UMO had the most amazing sound (Primavera had pretty bad sound in general in my opinion) and it was such a fun show in which the band seemed to be having the best time! SKM played inside an amphitheatre just outside the festival site. It was perfect place to see them play. I recorded it on a little camera so as to never forget it and all I captured were the back of some heads and the sound of me sobbing.

KM: Basically, we’re just reading this as an admission that, seeing as we were at the exact same festival, you pretty much just blanked us. You’re stoking the fires of digital warfare here man. Not cool. Fucking deep.


If you could moon anyone, or anything, who or what would it be?

My friend Goding and a previous landlord.

KM: We can 100% get behind the landlord thing. We googled “mooning a landlord” and it came up with the following. We suppose we could investigate further, but who gives a fuck really.


You’re about to be killed. You get to pick one song to hear before your inevitable demise. What’s it gonna be?

Stay Fly – Three 6 Mafia.

KM: Classic singer-songwriter choice there.


Killing In The Name Of, or Dark Side Of The Moon?

Dark Side Of The Moon.

KM: Idiot.

Out To See is available to download now. From here, in fact.

Pollen Odyssey EP is released on 18 September 2015.

Thanks to Jolyon at Charm Factory.

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