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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Luna Aura

Luna Aura interview, Bandcamp

Phoenix musician Luna Aura is a  singer-songwriter and producer who creates indie-electronica that is influenced by hip-hop beats. On Aug. 26, she will release her debut, self-titled EP.  Tracks “Radio” and “Too Young to Die,” off the upcoming release, are currently streaming on Bandcamp.

The Spec interviewed Luna Aura about her background and plans for the future, read what she had to say below…

Tell us a little about yourself…
My name is Luna. I’m an alien girl that moved here recently from the Andromeda galaxy, and I’m here solely for the nice weather, music, and frosted flakes. I’m also a singer-songwriter and producer.

How long have you been making music?
I started singing at a very young age, and began writing songs around the age of 10. It wasn’t anything special back then, just me and a little notebook writing about my imaginary friends and relationships that never existed. I was a pretty observant (and sassy) child, always enthralled with relationships and the idea of being a grown up. I remember the first song I ever wrote was a passionate R&B ballad about not needing a man. I actually think I still have that little notebook somewhere in my bedroom.

Who/what are your influences?
Growing up, I had a lot of hip-hop and pop influences. People like Lauryn Hill, Aaliyah, and even Beyoncé while she was still doing her thing in Destiny’s Child. Janis Joplin and Joan Jett will always be some of my biggest inspirations when it comes to performing. The passion they embody behind their performances has always been hypnotizing to me. It’s the same reason I’ve fell in love with women like Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry as I got older. I was such a tomboy as a kid, and I’ve always appreciated a girl who could hold her own on a stage and do it like the boys do.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
I would say “Blow” was definitely the most fun to make. When I first produced the beat with my buddy Sean, I was super apprehensive to write over it because it was so different from anything I had done before. I was used to writing these pretty little songs on my acoustic guitar for years, but I had this monster of a beat in my hands, and I just started writing a rap over it. I don’t consider myself a rapper, but it felt right. I went to Capitol in LA to finish the EP and didn’t actually finish this song until the night before my session. It ended up being the most fluid out of all of the tracks when it came down to recording.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
The EP will be released on Aug. 26 this year. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on some features with some lovely artists here in Phoenix, and writing new material. I’m just excited to be performing once we get everything lined up. I’m so excited to perform at Summer Ends Festival on Sept. 28, which also happens to be my birthday. My main focus in my live show is to make sure the crowd feels like a family by the end of it. I want things to get weird and just have a good time together. I definitely want it to be an experience. As for new material, I’ve been really into trap and trip-hop lately, but I’m a pop writer at heart, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of nonsense I come up with next.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Ummmm. That’s such a hard question to answer! If I was banned from ever being able to play music again, I’d probably own a hair salon. But like an alternative hair salon. Somewhere a kid could go to get half his head shaved and colored green, or even where little old ladies could go to get that little blue tint they always have in their hair. There’s probably not a ton of money in that, but it would make me happy so whatever.

Why do you make music?
I made music as a kid because I was good at it. I wrote interesting songs that sounded good and it made me happy to be good at something. But it wasn’t until I was about 15 that I realized the purpose behind it. I don’t remember the events that lead up to it, but I remember coming home from school just hating my life. I was the saddest I had ever been and I just wanted to feel better. I put in my headphones and hit shuffle and “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional came on, and I was gone. I had never felt so at home in my own bed before, and it was the music that did it for me. I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do from that point on. If I could just make one person feel the way Dashboard made me feel that day, I could die happy. The fact that I can make it a career is a blessing within itself.

Who are some of your favorite local musicians?
Right now, I’m really loving me some Sincerely, Collins. He’s killing the game right now, and I honestly don’t think anyone here can touch him when it comes to his flow and lyricism. I’m a fan for sure. Also, if you haven’t heard or seen Jared and the Mill around town, I feel bad for you son. They’re some of the most talented and deserving people I know.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Oh! You can follow me and check out what I’ll be doing at LunaAuraMusic.com My new song “Radio” is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify! (So weird seeing my first song on Spotify!) and the music video for “Radio” will be released this summer! Other than that, I love you!

 

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