The world of international DJs and producers is very much a boys’ club. Look no further than electronic music festivals, where the lineup of artists is often less than 5 percent female.
But Australian DJ/producer and up-and-coming artist Anna Lunoe has made a global name for herself via eclectic sets and interesting collaborations, by curating discs for Australia’s Ministry of Sound, and by providing runway music for designers like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Prada.
“I didn’t know any other girls when I started. I knew of a few,” says Lunoe, calling from an In & Out Burger in her adopted home of L.A. “It took a bit of courage to think, ‘I’m going to do it.’ It just takes you saying you want to. Girls might get scared off from that first step. It’s not easy, but it’s doable.”
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As part of the Ship2Ship Tour, Lunoe spins Friday with Destructo (aka influential EDM promoter Gary Richards) and Motez at the Label nightclub in the NC Music Factory.
Lunoe actually started out as a different kind of DJ – on the radio, as host of a popular show in Australia. Although moving from the radio to the clubs brought Lunoe face-to-face with her listeners, it also decreased the size of her audience.
But she’s now able to express herself much more freely, and recently, she’s branched out into singing and producing her own material. The result: the “All Out” EP.
This new foray also was guided by her radio experience. “I was playing a Justin Martin song ... called ‘The Sad Piano’ on my weekly show,” she recalls. “I’d listen and I’d come up with a top line or a vocal line for it. I told my friend who did my show with me, ‘I keep on singing this line in this song.’ ” So she recorded a track that featured his music and her words, and went on to make several bootleg versions of her vocal-ized mixes.
She’s not singing in front of an audience yet, but she’s working toward that goal.
“I don’t do my vocals live when I’m DJing,” says Lunoe with a laugh. “I really want to think about the live situation. It’s hard to make vocals sound good in a nightclub. When you record a track there’s compression and reverb. When you’re in a nightclub you can’t hear the song because of the delay. I don’t want to do it and make it sound … bad.”