Willy Moon

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Willy Moon
Willy Moon Midi 2012.jpg
Background information
Birth name William George Sinclair
Born (1989-06-02) 2 June 1989 (age 25)
Wellington, New Zealand
Genres Alternative, indie pop, rock and roll, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, producer
Years active 2010—present
Labels Island Records & Luv Luv Luv Records (2011–present)
Third Man Records (2012–present)
Associated acts Natalia Kills
Website willymoon.com

William George Sinclair (born 2 June 1989),[1] better known by his stage name Willy Moon, is a New Zealand-born musician, singer, songwriter and producer. He is best known for his 2012 single "Yeah Yeah" which appeared on the 2012 Apple iPod commercial and peaked at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart.

Early life[edit]

Moon was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He left school when he was 16 and left New Zealand when he was 18. He spent time in Berlin before moving to London, United Kingdom. Since 2014, Moon has been living in New York City, United States.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2014, Moon married his girlfriend, Natalia Kills, a singer in New York City.

Music career[edit]

2010–13: Willy Moon EP and Here's Willy Moon[edit]

Main article: Here's Willy Moon

In 2010, Moon released his first song "I Wanna Be Your Man" on Myspace, where he was first noticed and subsequently acquired a record deal with Island Records.[3] He released his first two singles through Luv Luv Luv Records.

He received buzz for his off the wall approach to production, being named as a "One to Watch"[4] by The Guardian and one of the "Faces of 2012"[5] by Q magazine. He has also been featured in GQs "Most Stylish Men",[6] one of Elle's "Bright Young Things"[7] and profiled by Vogue.[8]

His music is described as "a brilliantly odd fusion of 50s rock'n'roll and modern production"[9] using "hip-hop production techniques".[10] Moon's single "Yeah Yeah" was playlisted on BBC Radio 1 in early 2012. He and his band also performed live in session for Huw Stephens for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios in May 2012.[11] He also performed on the television show Later... with Jools Holland for the BBC in October 2012.[12]

In July 2012, Moon released the singles "Railroad Track" and "Bang Bang" through Jack White's label Third Man Records.[13] Moon's song "Yeah Yeah" was used in Apple Inc's 2012 iPod lineup TV advertisement, including the 5th-generation Touch, 7th-generation Nano, and 4th-generation Shuffle.[14]

"Yeah Yeah" was also featured on the Sosh Orange[15] 2012 advertisement that ran in France and as part of the Forza Horizon video game soundtrack. At part of his 2012/2013 US tour, Moon performed on the television show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for NBC.[16] In April 2013, Moon released his debut album, Here's Willy Moon. The album featured "Yeah Yeah", "Railway Track" and "I Wanna Be Your Man".[17] In August 2013, Rockstar Games included "Railroad Track" in the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack list. Ubisoft also launched a new Assassin's Creed Black Flag trailer featuring "Railroad Track".

His tracks continue to be utilised in advertising, "Working For The Company" was used in the "Mr. Selfridge" advert in early 2014, "Yeah Yeah" features in a global Nissan Altima commercial and his cover of "Shakin" was the backing track to the Q1 Sky Atlantic UK television commercial.

Television career[edit]

Moon is currently a judge on the X-Factor New Zealand.[18]


Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Willy Moon

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
BEL (Vl)
BEL (Wa)
Here's Willy Moon 3 130 196 104 75


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2011 "I Wanna Be Your Man" Here's Willy Moon
"She Loves Me"
2012 "Railroad Track"
"Yeah Yeah" 28 175 42 26
2013 "My Girl"
"Get Up (What You Need)"
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: SINCLAIR WILLIAM GEORGE". Repertoire.bmi.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  2. ^ Lester, Paul (11 July 2011). "New Band of the Day - Willy Moon (No 1,059)". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Smyth, David. "He's got the looks and Willy Moon is set to conquer the charts". The Evening Standard. 
  4. ^ Kappala-Ramsamy, Gemma (27 November 2011). "One to watch: Willy Moon". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Catchpole, Chris. "New To Q With Chris Catchpole - The Faces Of 2012: Willy Moon". Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Willy Moon - Image 10 of 10 - Most stylish men of the week - GQ.COM (UK)". Gq-magazine.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  7. ^ "Here's Willy Moon | Buy The Debut Album Now". Willymoon.com. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  8. ^ "Willy Moon Musician Profile Interview (Vogue.com UK)". Vogue.co.uk. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  9. ^ Cragg, Michael (10 December 2011). "This Weeks New Singles". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Kappala-Ramsamy, Gemma (27 November 2011). "One to watch: Willy Moon". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "BBC - BBC Radio 1 Programmes - Huw Stephens, Willy Moon in session, Honest Jon's Label of Love, Willy Moon - I Wanna Be Your Man in session". BBC. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  12. ^ Mir, Jorge (17 October 2012). "Video: Willy Moon – Yeah Yeah (Live On Jools Holland)". Listen Before You Buy. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Swank, Ben. "WILLY MOON AND THIRD MAN RECORDS ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE". Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Rebecca Armstrong (2012-09-14). "Music: Willy get a boost from Apple? - News - Music". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  15. ^ "Sosh - Vibrez sans engagement". YouTube. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  16. ^ "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno". NBC. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  17. ^ "Willy Moon reveals debut album release plans | News". Nme.Com. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  18. ^ "XFactor NZ Website". 
  19. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Willy Moon". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  20. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Willy Moon". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Willy Moon". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  22. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Willy Moon". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  23. ^ a b "Willy Moon > UK Charts". Officialcharts.com/ Official Charts Company. 
  24. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Willy Moon". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 

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