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Moby Rich goes 1-on-1 with Unheard Gems

LA two-piece Moby Rich turn melancholy songcraft into bold, pop hooks and visuals. Their debut single, Yoko Ono, is a euphoric-by-way-of-ethereal burst of joy; a love song (or at least their version) about finding someone to match your strange.

The pair -- Maxwell Joseph and Connor Pledger -- relocated to LA in 2015 from Indianapolis and Atlanta respectively in search of, well, anything. Connor initially made the move after a music mogul stumbled across a cover he uploaded on YouTube and invited him to Hollywood to join a “folk boyband” he was putting together.

The majority of the pair’s tracks are written on acoustic guitar, the thinking being that if a song sounds good acoustic, it probably sounds good full stop. “Sometimes when you strip all the production from a song, you aren't left with much,” says Connor. “We want to be able to play everything from just a guitar, all the way up to a full band show.” While either one of them can bring the genesis of an idea, what’s important is that they always both vibe on it. “If we don’t, there’s probably nothing to it,” Connor simply states.

The pair sing every song in unison, (a sort of whole-is-greater-than-the-sum-of-parts attitude) which speaks volumes of their close, almost twin-like, friendship. “Where my vocal lacks, his vocal picks up the slack and vice versa,” says Connor. “Almost like a yin and yang of vocal qualities.”

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Interview, video, and photography by Hannah Schneider

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