Moons of Mars is an indie pop based in Los Angeles, consisting of brothers Mario and Giovan Polanco! We interviewed Mario Polanco of Moons of Mars about their music and a charity they both support called Yosemite Conservancy.
Alt Philanthropy: Many brothers tend to have different interests, do you tend to gravitate towards similar music choices, or do you have complete opposite music tastes? If so, how do your personal music tastes influence your bands music?
Mario Polanco: We are less than 2 years apart, so we are close and have many similar interests. But that being said, we are also very different in many ways. When it comes to music we both like similar artists, but gravitate towards some more than others. Giovan is the producer/writer; I'm a writer, and I'm into a lot of the same indie artists as well, but really enjoy some of the mainstream hip pop we have today. We honestly just love music, so one day we can listen to the classic rock band "Bread", but the next day we can be listening to "The Weeknd" and enjoy it the same.
ALTP: We read that you have been making music together for 14 years! Was there ever a time when you wanted to do something else, or was this always a dream that you knew you wanted to pursue?
MP: We have been performing or writing music since we were kids. Ever since our teens when we started touring and performing music all over the world, we have been pursuing our musical dreams. Life has some ups and downs, and throughout those times we may have slowed down, but never stopped.
ALTP: You guys have been playing music for a long time! Has your music evolved over the years?
MP: I feel like our music has matured and became a little bit of this and little bit of that. It's become Moons of Mars which has been exciting to experience.
ALTP: What has been your biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
MP: The biggest obstacle we’ve encountered as a band has been persistence as we develop creatively. It takes time to see a vision come together, so we often have to look at how far we’ve come, enjoy it and continue to push forward.
ALTP: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
MP: Work hard, practice, be nice to people, get constructive criticism, practice, and practice some more.
ALTP: Other than playing music, what do you guys enjoy doing in your spare time?
MP: I'm pretty normal and love to travel, so one of my favorite things to do is get out into nature rent a cabin and reboot.
ALTP: What charity did you decide to support by drawing awareness?
MP: We chose to draw awareness to Yosemite Conservancy, a charity that we have given to throughout the years. This is one of my favorite charities because it helps to preserve one of my favorite places on earth, Yosemite national park.
ALTP: Why would you like to help Yosemite Conservancy? How has Yosemite Conservancy impacted you throughout your life?
MP: We grew up visiting Yosemite a couple times a year and we still love it till this day. It's a place of great beauty, and peace. I consider it my second home.
ALTP: How did you discover Yosemite Conservancy?
MP: I found about this charity a few years ago while visiting the park with some friends. I looked into it and loved giving back, even in a small way. Especially to a place so close to my heart and my family.
ALTP: In what ways do you guys hope to use your platform as music artists to help others?
MP: We love people, and our band helps us to meet a lot of new people, which is great! We hope to connect, inspire, and honestly spread more love around.
For more information on Yosemite Conservancy, you can visit yosemiteconservancy.org!