Tonight, September 29, Anna Lunoe is headed to the Brooklyn Bowl alongside Kygo as one of the many stops in her All Out Fall Out Tour. Lunoe first discovered her passion for music when she began hosting a radio show in her home country of Australia in 2005. Since then, she has mastered both DJing and producing, as well as singing, which she does on both her own tracks and those of her fellow DJs. Lunoe’s musicality stems from many different influences across so many genres — she’s named Beck, Outkast, and Diplo as some of her inspirations — inspiring what has become her very personal and unique musical sound. We talked to Lunoe about what people can expect from All Out Fall Out.
You really have a lot going on genre-wise, and you bend the rules in almost every song you make. You’ve got deep-house influences, some techno sounds going on — you’re a total mix! This being so, I’d love to hear straight from the source how you would define your very eclectic musical sound.
It is eclectic! And it’s tricky to sort of put it into a sentence. But I think that, I mean the way I look at it is, if it’s good, I’ll play it — to a certain degree. I mean, I do end up revolving around house, like underground house sounds, for the most part, and then it just goes more towards rave music, or kind of more chill, from there. But it sort of sticks within there, it all stems from rave music, essentially, it’s just kind of various degrees of turn-up, I guess [laughs].
So do you have any dream collaborations with other DJs or producers at the moment?
I get asked this question every interview, and I still don’t have a great answer for it, because it’s sort of like, I don’t know, I don’t really go out trying to get people to collaborate…it’s sort of, like, something that happens organically and is something that happens with mutual respect. So I don’t really ever make a list of people I want to collaborate with, it just sort of happens. I’ve played with so many incredible artists at this point. Everyone I’ve ever dreamed about performing with, I’ve managed to work with them or perform with them, and it just happened in such an organic way.
Yeah, you really have explored a lot in the time you’ve been doing this.
I have explored a lot! And I’ve got a lot of stuff going on that isn’t out there yet, so, already a lot of my dream collaborations have actually come true! And it’s really cool! I think it’s better to sort of let things happen organically and let the world direct you.
So you started with a radio show, and then gradually moved into DJing, and finally now producing your own music and even singing on your own tracks as well as others’. Was this a natural progression for you?
Basically, I started doing the radio station and I just was hosting, like, a regular show, which plays everything, not just dance music. But that’s where I met a lot of people in the music community, you know? Like all I knew was that I wanted to be involved in music and I didn’t really know how or what to do. And it’s such a weird industry that’s sort of based on, like, you just don’t really know how to get your foot in the door, like how do you even start working in music?…I heard about this new radio station which was really cool and they were playing all the music I liked, and I hit them up and was like, “Hey! I want to volunteer”…and I started working in reception, then they let me have an all-nighter show, and then they let me have a lunchtime show, and then I just started meeting people in music.
So you recently played the Lollapalooza and Coachella music festivals. Tell me what that was like for you in comparison to the other festivals you’ve played.
I’ve played every kind of festival you could ever imagine, but playing Lollapalooza and Coachella, I mean, they’re the biggest festivals you can do. But it’s not like necessarily the biggest crowd I’ve ever played to, or whatever — it was just a really amazing experience, because I’ve always wanted to do that. I had a dream about it, even! I dreamt that I was going to play Coachella and I tweeted about the dream, and then a year later I was booked for it! It was a real moment for me. At a festival like Coachella, it’s so huge that the people come from all over the place, like they come from North California, they come from all over the world, from Australia…and people were coming up to me afterwards, and I made a point of going down and meeting a bunch of people after the show — ’cause I played quite early, it was like Sunday at 1 p.m., but I still had like 3,000 people show up or something, or 2,000 people show up — and I went down and met a whole bunch of people after the show and it was this really nice moment where everyone was like, “I saw you play here with this person, like, a year ago, and I’ve always loved your music and I now finally get to see you!” And you know, everyone has a story and it was like, “Wow, all these years of touring and playing to crowds all over the place has paid off.” Like this whole crowd, they all knew me and they’d all seen me play somewhere else and it was like, that’s what got them there early on a Sunday: to see me play in the middle of the desert, you know, and it was a really beautiful moment to know that the hard work has really paid off.
Well there’s no doubt about that! How fulfilling. So that is probably your best performance to date…
Yeah, totally, that would be pretty much it. ‘Cause DJing is a tricky job and there’s lots of times where you don’t feel like it is paying off or maybe it’s really hard that week or maybe you have a bad show and everything is so subjective, but when you have a moment like that, and everything comes together, and you’re like, “Ahhh, that’s the way it should be.” That’s the pat on the back that you’re headed in the right direction. But, you know, there’s nothing like turning up in a city where no one knows you, and you get put on stage in some little club, and people are kind of looking at you like, “Who is this girl standing up here doing this?” and just winning them over, that’s sort of one of the best experiences there is as well, playing for a crowd of people that have never heard of you before and have them all just be like, “Whoa! What just happened?” So it goes both ways, the big and the small, the fancy big shows and the everyday magic as well.
Speaking of shows: Just to give us an idea, how will tonight’s Brooklyn Bowl gig compare to your last tour with the Weeknd and Banks?
Oh, like, this is a completely different animal from that tour. That was like — I played at Radio City Music Hall in New York with them — it’s like we were playing at 5,000-, 8,000-people venues. It was like sit-down crowd, so everyone was seated, it was not at all a club night. This is a club tour, where the DJs are going to be playing underground dance music, and fun dance music, not just underground music, but like impulsive fun music that’s going to get everyone going and it’s going to be good and sweaty and fun. I feel like I’ve said fun about 17 times.
Hey, it’s always important to get the message across, and it really does sound fun. It seems like this tour is a way for you to say, “Hey! This is me and this is what I’m all about!”
Oh totally, it’s the All Out Fall Out! “All Out” is the single, but All Out is the ethos as well. It’s like, this is what it is, and, you know, get on board!
So what will make this tour your own? How will that come through in the show, exactly?
I’ve done tours around America on my own before, but this is the first time that I’ve connected it with the release and put together my own show, and my own artwork, and my own visuals, and curated the DJs that play around me, and I’ve done it my way. Whereas the other times I’ve been taking on a bunch of things on other people’s shows and stringing it all together haphazardly. Whereas this is me choosing where I want to play, booking the clubs I want to play, and doing it my own way.
Being in control of everything has a really liberating quality, no doubt…
Yeah, it feels great. I’ve always been in control of everything I’ve done, but right now it’s really exciting, it’s a step up to be able to take a little bit more of a liberty with things, and you know, have a little bit of support as well in a team of people who help me do what I want to do, so that’s really special as well. You know, it’s not happened overnight, so you know, you just have to really pinch yourself and be grateful for all that has changed and how you’ve evolved.
And you certainly have been evolving along with this ever-changing industry….How do you personally perceive these changes and your growths over the years?
It’s kind of amazing to stay relevant and working and growing, for, like, five or seven years — it’s such a unique way to experience the industry. ‘Cause so many people have one summer which is all about them and just blow up, and you kind of don’t hear about them the next year, you know? And that would be kind of a weird way, because you’re fighting to get back to where you were instead of just constantly growing. I think this thing [the electronic music industry] has evolved so much in the last five or seven years since I’ve been involved, and it has been a really interesting way to do it, to be kind of, like, growing the whole time, slowly, and seeing how things change and adapting. Also, growing as an artist and learning new skills and learning new things about what I can do.