‘Shadows on my Wall’ is the hauntingly beautiful new release by twenty-year-old German-based singer/songwriter, (and personal friend to Indie Top 39) Luna Keller. Exploring her more melancholic, introspective, and frankly darker thoughts, Keller has created a little masterpiece of a track. In giving a voice to her own insecurities and social anxieties, she faces her fears head-on – as only Luna knows how! “All the shadows on my wall, and all the strangers in my hall,” she sings. “They are ghosts I create, in my manic mind state.” Originally written as a poem, Luna decided to work remotely with Jason Meekins (drummer) and talented producers from Masterlab Masteringstudios to breathe new life into her idea. The result is a remarkably honest and contemplative tune that stays with you well after your first listen. She’s a ridiculously talented musician, and we’ll never fall out of love with Luna Keller!
As you should know by now, our TPOI Virtual Music Conference is right around the corner, and we could not be more thrilled to announce that Luna will be one of the speakers joining us for three days of awesomeness!
‘Shadows on my Wall’ is beautifully introspective, hauntingly emotional, and heartbreakingly good!Indie top 39
What does the song mean to you?
‘Shadows on my wall’ is a deeply personal song that gives my insecurities and fears a voice, while admitting that they are not based in reality. After being bullied in school as a kid it took me some time to love myself and trust others again. Sometimes the negative voices still come up, and for me they are the ‘Shadows on my wall.’ As real as they may feel, I am the one creating them and I can decide not to listen.
What inspired you to share the song with the world?
For a long time I was hesitant to share my sad songs and stories with the world. I wanted my music to uplift people and I wasn’t sure if there was any value in sharing the negative. Recently I realised that the songs that have helped me the most are all sad songs. Other artists sharing their stories has helped me heal and grow. I hope that sharing this song can do the same to others. I hope it can let someone out there know that they are not alone.
Tell us about your creative process and how the song came to be?
I usually write the music and lyrics at the same time, but in this case I wrote the lyrics first. They came to me as a poem typed into my phone at 3 am after waking up from a nightmare. Days later I added music to them and it was only then I understood the song myself. I often find the true meaning of my songs days or even weeks after they were written. Often my subconscious uses them to tell me the things I’m not aware of. Once I had guitar and vocals written it pretty much stayed the same as you can hear it now, but elevated by the production by Roger Keller and Uli Pfannmüller.
What are your favourite lyrics in the song?
“So I stare at the closed door, I swear I’ve never seen it before.”
That line references the moment where you realise how long you’ve been carrying a weight, without noticing. My experiences being bullied in school changed the way I interacted with people for a long time and made me build walls that made me push people away without noticing it. It was only when I realised why I was feeling the way I did that I could recognise that closed door in my mind and address it. I think we often carry a weight with us that we aren’t really aware of, and discovering that is both painful and the beginning of the process of healing.
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