Anna Lunoe has come a long way since the beginning of her journey – first hosting her own community-based radio show to curating runway mixes for Chanel and Fendi. Her music finds a cohesive balance between house and dance with garage and tropical aesthetics, carrying a distinct sound of positive vibes that follows en suite with the sounds of Australia’s niche market of talented artists. Collaborating with Touch Sensitive and Flume, Lunoe lends her voice, as well as her 80’s pop influences, to songs like Real Talk and I Met You.
Her approach to music speaks to a more genuine understanding of making music that people can enjoy as opposed to the factory-cut productions of today’s electronic scene. Despite her jam-packed schedule and constant tour dates, Lunoe found the time to sit down with Blueprint and discusses her influences and experiences within the past year.
How does it feel being apart for Coachella this year? And how has your experience in the last year influenced your musical styles and tastes?
I mean, obviously it’s pretty crazy. I have been doing this music stuff for a while and it’s just nice to get to take this next step. It’s all been such a journey, and every year has made me evolve somehow. I spend most my time just readapting to the latest incarnation of my musical career. Obviously the last year was really interesting, touring non stop as always, but this time was so different with the Weeknd shows and all the Central America shows. The Weeknd tours made me want to hone in on my songwriting a little more. His fans really connect with his lyrics and it was inspiring.
The past few years, Australia has built a niche market of artists like Flume, Cosmo’s Midnight and Wave Racer. Do you find that Australia differentiates itself from the vast majorities of dance and house?
Australia is a really different market to the rest of the world. Something to do with its size, climate and creative energy means that there is a huge amount of talent, a very young and festival orientated market of consumers who can make certain sounds really popular. It is heavily influenced by the fact certain channels have monopolies on what music is popularised for the whole country. As a result, the music that is popularised is usually very genre free, uplifting festival friendly, youth orientated, honest music. The quality is very high and more and more of these artists are finding success overseas. The only down side of that exact same fact is that there is a lot of talent in Australia that struggles to find a significant audience if it doesn’t quite fit that mould of the channels that Australia has in place. Artists who make genres that are huge in other parts of the world (like Isaac Tishauer) for instance kinda have to move overseas to have a viable career.
First starting off in radio, I feel like that’s helped your process in creating a distinct sound. What are some of your musical influences?
I have endless musical influences everything from 90’s Manchester rave to rap and r&b to 2000 New York dance bands and acoustic stuff. To Bjork and Beck, Prince, Fiona Apple, Connan Mockasin, Kanye – usually artists who are not afraid to throw genre, fashion and everything out the window and just do what feels right for them. They are the ones who push shit forward.
You’ve collaborated with many artists – my favourite being with His Majesty Andre. How do you go about finding the right artists to collaborate with?
Luckily I get to meet a lot of people through touring and I chose my collaborators based on connections – what feels right and the people who I connect with.
I know you’ve shared your thoughts on the tired discussions of the awe of being a female artist. How do you think this is reflected in the electronic music scene?
Honestly, I just want to do what I love and be considered equal to my peers. I’m done with being forced into a position of having to defend the women in the dance music community in every interview. We shouldn’t need to constantly explain and validate our presence in this industry. I just want that conversation to be over. That latest Thump article basically sums it up for me.
And finally, what’s in store for Anna Lunoe in the future?
Touring, lots of new music, a new monthly live mixtape series in 2014. Follow my soundcloud because the first installment goes up on the first tuesday of February!
Anna Lunoe returns back to Vancouver on January 30th at Shine Nightclub alongside WMNSTUDIES and Blue Version.
– Vanessa Wong