Jeffertitti Moon – Kingdom Come

Jessica Gianelli

As a member of the Gucci clan, and a vibrant voice in contemporary rock, Jeffertitti Moon of Jeffertitti’s Nile and The Entire Universe paints a colourful narrative of transcendent and unapologetic independence. From the boys that brought us the dreamy chords of ‘Heaven,’ emerges ‘Kingdom Come’ a song about the beauty that comes when we relinquish to the flow of existing as our true selves. A note on triumph and tribulation, the video leaves us tapping our toes amidst “an orgy of colour, and human embrace.” As we premiere the song’s new video, we caught up with Jeffertitti to chat all things passion, acoustics, and fluidity.

JG: “Transcendental, space-punk, & doo wop” are words you’ve used to describe your music. Where would you say your greatest musical influence comes from?
JM: Lately my greatest influence come from watching the films of Dario Argento. Describing music I make can be such a tricky task. In reality, I just try to make music that turns me on. Every once in a while I come up with a new answer to the genre question though. Transcendental, because music helps us escape the mundane and almost takes us to another realm. Space-Punk, because performances are punk to me. Not “punk” as a genre, but in the wild, energetic, chaotic sense of the word. Doo Wop, because there are also sensitive moments of beauty and swirling melodies in the music. There was a period in the band where I had two female members singing back ups with me and we started calling it doo wop, and I guess I’ve been rolling with that.
JG: “Kingdom Come” offers abstract, psychedelic vibes, did any particular experience inspire the song or the video?
JM: ”Kingdom Come” is lyrically dealing with feelings of hopelessness, frustrations and being overwhelmed by the trials of life, yet knowing that deep down, all you can do is continue to work, give it your best. Following your passions with the trust that it will all work out somehow. One way or another. The video sort of personifies those challenges, with angelic creatures taunting and toying with me. The painter, perhaps my higher self, if you will, is meanwhile working away, transforming the scene into an orgy of shapes & color. Musically, the song reminds me a bit of Fleetwood Mac with minimal drumming, shimmering acoustic guitars, and vocals that aren’t afraid to be a bit soft or pretty. I recorded the bulk of the song in one day, playing all the instruments and engineering myself. Later I finished tracking with my good friends Chris & Adam of Gardens & Villa adding more vocals and synths that remind me of “The Cars”. Chris and I definitely tried to channel the Bee Gees with all the OOOs and AAHs.
JG: It’s about truth, isn’t it? How does authenticity look to you in the world today?
JM: We live in a time in which so many things have been done before. There’s such a barrage of media coming at us from every angle. Authenticity may seem scarce these days, but it is so intrinsic to good art. It’s almost undeniable. It either feels natural or it doesn’t feel at all. Peoples sincerity in their art or everyday actions is palpable to me. Genuine authentic expression, without a care about fitting in. That’s punk to me.
JG: What’s the best part of making music?
JM: I live for the moments in which I feel almost maniacal while making music. Feeling so much passion working in the studio that I forget to eat or sleep. Becoming overtaken and possessed by the energy on stage. I love to dance and perform. Music is a universal language and it brings people together.
JG: You’ve been a familiar face in Gucci’s recent shows and campaigns, how did you find your way there?
JM: They reached out to me last year. It’s been a total treat and a complete blessing to become a part of the family. Everyone at the company is so sweet & inspiring. Alessandro is an actual angel and I still get the chills every time we’re together. It’s fortunate to get work with a company whose creations I’m genuinely in love with and inspired by.
JG: Androgyny is a topic that’s been eagerly welcomed into the Gucci aesthetic since Alessandro Michele has taken over. It’s also a topic that’s come up in your interviews before. How would you say it relates to you, or your image?
JM: Androgyny is one of the most attractive qualities in a person to me. To embody the best parts of both sexes. I personally have always loved to wear nail polish and lipstick. Sometimes I get made fun of or threatened because of it, and sometimes I get compliments. Recently, for example, a shop owner in Hamburg couldn’t comprehend why I wanted to look for clothes in the women’s section. In the end I enjoy moments like that, and it seems like an opportunity to expand someones mind, slowly.
JG: Your style seems quite unrestricted, also unique and rather playful. Who and/or when do your biggest style inspirations come from?
JM: It changes from day to day. I get bored easily and like to play dress up. Sometimes I refer to my style as “Glam-ma” (a glamorous grandmother).
JG: You’re from LA but you live in Paris, right?—which do you prefer?
JM: It’s been so inspiring to spend so much more time in Paris recently. The energy is so wild out here. I have so many close friends and the architecture is breath taking. So nice to ride bikes everywhere and have a coffee by the Canal St. Martin. I’m completely in love with the city, but Los Angeles will always be my native homeland and I’m a sun worshiper, so…
JG: Does your style differ based on the country you’re living in?
JM: I’m very sensitive to energy and my surrounding. A bit a of a chameleon. One of my favourite parts of traveling is collecting pieces from other places. I guess my style is, in part, an amalgamation of every country I’ve ever been to.