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Q&A: Anna Lunoe Talks Touring With Banks And The Weeknd, New Music, Dancing Droids

Anna Lunoe is bubbling up from Down Under and pitching to take America by storm. The DJ-producer's new single, "Breathe" is her own salute to vintage rave culture, which comes just in the nick of time as the US is begging for dance beats from before there was EDM. VIBE caught up with Lunoe in NYC this week at Le Poisson Rouge, moments before she took to the stage for a stellar performance. Meet your new favorite femme artist now...

VIBE: What can you tell VIBE about the inspiration behind your new single “Breathe”?
Anna Lunoe: I’ve always been really in love with vintage house sounds and as a kid I was obsessed with early 90s and late 80s rave culture, just from what I would see on TV. So with this record we sampled John Rocca “Move” and it was just that bass-line that started the whole song off. That’s where the inspiration for the whole track started. Then it was a matter of just making something that felt like a really strong dance track, but also have a lot of soul, a lot of heart and a lot of house credibility.

Have you got any backstage stories from your tour with The Weeknd and Banks?
I’ve got to say I don’t want to ruin his reputation as being like a mad party animal but I have not seen too much raging going on. I think because the tour is so grueling, we’re doing like a show every single night in a different city you cannot go crazy when it’s like that, you have to keep it together.

Did you spend every night with them on tour?
I hang out with Banks all the time, we share a bus, but The Weeknd has his own bus. So it’s kind of like the girls’ bus and the boys’ bus. We don’t hang out with him too much, but he’s super cool. He comes and hangs out with us every now and then.

What do you miss the most about Australia?
I miss the dance music community and I miss the parties that we throw, I get really sad when I see them on Instagram and I’m not there. I miss my family.

What have you discovered about America since you've been in LA that you didn't expect?
Lots of things. It’s an amazing country like it’s exactly where I want to be right now. Especially for dance music in LA there’s just such a pumping, living, breathing organism. There’s so much going on and so much stuff to be inspired by. America is a big, amazing country and I’m just getting to know a tiny bit of it. On this tour I’m going to Atlanta for the first time and Seattle and all these places. It’s just huge compared to little Australia.

As a multifaceted artist who can produce, DJ and sing what would be your favorite aspect of your career and why?
I think that DJ’ing is definitely at the top of the list because I just couldn’t imagine not doing it, that’s my gateway into everything. But at the same time it’s all balanced and you need all of the three legs of the tricycle.

Do you still get stage fright when you go on to perform?
I’ve been doing this for a minute and I feel like there are only a few situations where I really get my blood pumping and feel nervous. It’s very rare now.

Have you got any crazy fan/stalker stories?
I have the best fans, I mean it feels weird even saying that, but I have really great supporters and people who have taken an interest in what I do and they’re always really cool. They’re always really normal and not at all creepy. It’s not like The Weeknd, that’s a totally different story, he’s so mysterious no one can get to him, whereas for me I’m in front of them, I’m a meter away. Like they’ll say hi and I’ll speak to them, it doesn’t incite that type of creepiness.

What's next for you as an artist? Have you got any more music coming out soon that we should know about?
Yeah I’ve got a bunch of stuff already done, that’s all lined up ready to go. I can’t wait for it to get out. “Breathe” has been ready for a few. A bunch of stuff that’s coming out in December, a single called Satisfaction and then an EP in January.

Are there any new videos coming out soon?
Yes. Cara directed the video for "Breathe," and that video will be dropping within probably the next week or two weeks. So that’s cool. I play a very weird dancing droid.

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