Anna Lunoe on the Power of Rave Culture: "When You're 14 or 15, You're Forever Changed"
After spending years honing your craft and climbing the ladder to success, would you have the strength to leave it all behind?
Anna Lunoe did. The DJ, producer, and songwriter worked her ass off to take over the scene in Australia. And just when she'd hit her peak, Lunoe packed her bags, hit the reset button, and headed across the pond to a new home in Los Angeles.
"It was really starting over, for sure," she says. "I had credibility, but I didn't have a name in the American market."
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The big move took place about a year and a half ago. And in that time, Lunoe's become one of music's buzz-worthiest Aussie exports. She rocked Miami during Winter Music Conference. And now she's returning Friday, October 3, to headline Bardot in support of her new All Out EP.
Starting over is never easy, but Lunoe just felt it was the right thing to do.
"I was a really overqualified beginner, so it made the rise really exciting, because I knew I was ready," she says.
"If I could just get the opportunities, then I knew I'd be able to do well and impress people. I think that it was nice to be so prepared and so overqualified, because it took people by surprise. I had the cheat codes, but I worked for them, that's for sure."
Out now on Ultra Records, All Out is four tracks showcasing the artist's abilities as a producer and songwriter. It's expressive and catchy, and for Lunoe, it captures the growth that she's experienced while living in the States.
"It's a representation of the house-ier, more melodic side of my work," she explains. "I've pretty much been working on this EP since I moved to America, with all the people that I started working and collaborating with since I came over."
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Lunoe admits living in the U.S. and working alongside new, interesting creative people has certainly shaped her process, but only in as much as helping to further develop what she's been doing from the get-go.
"That's what influence is, it's everything we read, everything we see, everything we hear," she says. "I'm definitely superinfluenced by what I experience here in America. But at the end of the day, you like what you like because you have the influences that you do from a very young age.
"My biggest influence is just rave culture, that pure energy. I have very crazy memories of dancing all night in sports arenas and catching the 8 a.m. train home. When you're 14 or 15, you've never done anything like that in your life and you're never the same again. You go home and you look at your Spice Girls CD, and you're like, 'Oh, man, I'm done with that stuff.' You're forever changed."
We here in Miami as well have left a lasting impression on Lunoe, which is why she's coming back to show off All Out.
"To celebrate the EP, I want to go around and check in with all my favorite spots and play for all my favorite crowds," she says.
"It's such a singular spot, Miami. And my memories are very much to do with WMC. That's essentially DJ summer camp. We go there, and we all buckle down and share ideas and have crazy nights and get to know each other really well, and we make the relationships and the connections that will last us for years.
"I love Miami because it's just so unique. It's unlike anywhere in America that I've experienced. The combination of cultures and everything, it's wild."
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Anna Lunoe's All Out Fall Out Tour. Presented by Poplife. Friday, October 3. Bardot, 3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $17 to $20 plus fees via showclix.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-576-7750 or visit bardotmiami.com.
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