Anna Lunoe is a treasure trove of fashion, lifestyle and health tips. She can tell you the best way to find your friends at a festival, (tie a red balloon to your pony tail), how to keep your skin clear (Wake up at the same time every morning, regardless of the previous night’s bedtime) and how to coordinate a cohesive wardrobe on the road (color-coding – pick three colors and stick with them.) Growing up in the club, she’s just learned the essential tricks. “I’ve been a full-time DJ since 2007,” Lunoe says. “I’ve been doing this for my entire adult life. It’s insanity.”
This stunning Aussie has business savvy and common sense – two things that pair well with her packed tour schedule and breakneck lifestyle. Lunoe was a top tier producer and DJ at home in Sydney before making the move to Los Angeles. “When I moved here three years ago, I started at 0,” Lunoe says. “I moved to America because I wanted a change, not because I was blowing up.” Lunoe says that the competition is fierce in Australia to be noticed as a young artist, but she’s thankful that her path has led her down the performance road. “I’m so glad and grateful that I get to do this . . . you know, one day you feel really good about it, the next day you’re tired,” Lunoe says. “And that’s another thing, the sleep deprivation really gets to you after a while.” Don’t worry, Lunoe has tips for that too: She juices four times a week, she always remembers to take loads of water bottles home from the club every night and she goes for a walk outside first thing in the morning.
It seems that the health regimen has helped her keep her eyes on the prize, both on tour and in the studio. Lunoe’s All Out EP is an enticing collection of music. Production value alone makes it a standout house album, but songs like the title track, where Lunoe also lays down the vocals, provides proper insight into the real talent that this chick is pushing. She straddles pop without sounding tired. Her smokey voice, paired with spectacularly catchy beats are strong indicators that Lunoe is on the verge of being the next big thing. I Met You, her collaboration with fellow Australia based DJ/Producer Flume reinforces that she can play ball in the EDM court too, and she says her hard work and style have given her the edge to hold her own in an already crowded industry. (Pro tip: Do not ask Lunoe what it’s like to be a girl in EDM. She’s way past answering shit questions like that.)
This may be the first time Lunoe can officially call herself “Shipfam”, but she and Hard founder Gary Richards, better known by his stage name, Destructo, have a history of working together. Lunoe has appeared at Hardfest, among a number of other US festivals, and most recently finished the Ship2Ship tour where she played alongside Richards in the weeks leading up to the February sailing. “It was pretty intense [playing] five cities a week,” Lunoe says. “[We were] hanging out for each others sets, playing b2b at the end of the night, hanging out with Shipfam, talking to everybody; It was great to have friends on the road with me, and we were sharing it together.” Her show at Brooklyn’s Output was a particularly memorable one, where something happened with the heating system, resulting in an especially steamy performance. “It was so hot, there were drips hitting me on the forehead, from the perspiration of everybody!” Lunoe laughs. “I was wearing this new white top, and the drips from the ceiling stained it, so whatever was in that sweat was some serious toxic shit.” Good job, Williamsburg. You did it!
Lunoe will focus on playing festivals this summer, including Mysteryland, taking place nearby in Bethel Woods, NY. “It’s just so much more fun to get to play festivals because I get to hang out with friends and sort of party, whereas with club shows it’s pretty rigorous really – travel, play, travel play,” Lunoe says. “And a lot of the time you’re on your own, so it’s hard. It’s fun, but it’s hard work.” With all those events under her belt, there’s no telling the new list of tricks she’ll have to share when she heads back into the studio later this fall.