Los Angeles-based artist Luna has an affinity for classic pop songs and tragic love stories. Last month she released her debut EP This Must Be Love - we caught up with her to find out more.
I call my sound retro contemporary because it is equal parts futuristic and nostalgic.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
My name is Luna. I’m a singer-songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles. I’ve been writing and performing pop music since 2017. I’ve always been a passionate writer, storyteller and music junkie. I got into music because being a musician allows me to do all the things that set my soul on fire and more.
I absolutely love writing and performing, especially when it is music that I’ve created for myself. It is such an exhilarating experience to share your mind, body and soul with the world through music. Each song, album and so forth allows you to leave a timestamp in the universe, and also in the hearts of the people who listen to your music. I am so inspired by that and aspire to leave my own timestamp in the universe.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
I would say Gwen Stefani, Madonna and Selena are the 3 artists that really left an impression on me as a kid. The root of who I am as an artist and a performer can probably be traced back to these 3 superstars. As I got older, artists like Lana Del Rey, Lady Gaga and Rihanna started feeding me inspiration. But in all honesty, I’m a total nerd for pop music. I’m such a student of the craft. I look to every artist doing what I aspire to do for inspiration and learn something from each of them.
How would you describe your musical style?
While many of my songs are influenced by 80’s, disco and indie electronic, others pull sounds from contemporary hip hop and alternative R&B. I write a lot of heartbreak-pop songs that are inspired by real life relationships. On the flipside, I love to write party-pop songs too.
My music is always spiced with attitude and/or emotion, so the best way to describe my musical style is “moody.” I call my sound retro contemporary because it is equal parts futuristic and nostalgic. I love vocal samples and retro sounding synthesizers. I’m also a sucker for pretty bells and tinkling sounds. You’ll hear those elements often in my music.
The Moon radiates infinite love and is symbolic of both light and dark energy. She is magical and mysterious and I’ve been told that I too have these qualities. At least that’s what a friend I met at a music festival said when we first met in 2012. She started calling me “Luna,” I loved it, so it stuck.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I’d love to work with Kali Uchis. She has such a unique style and aesthetic. I think the two of us would write a really epic girl power anthem. Plus she’s a latina too so it would definitely be for the culture.
Tell us about your debut EP, This Must Be Love. What’s it about?
TMBL is the heart’s journey through the 5 stages of grief. It is the story of how an emotionally damaged heart came to find its faith in love again.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
TMBL was recorded at Garnish Music Production School & Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA. It was written and recorded over the course of 5 months. It was a collaboration with music producer, engineer and co-writer Ethan Ziemba aka Deadfriend. We started writing May 2019. The EP was finished September 2019. We released the lead single/title track “This Must Be Love” in November 2019 followed by “Trouble” February 2020 before the full EP came out April 2020.
How does This Must Be Love represent you?
Each song on the EP is its own entity and represents a different part of who I am at the core. These 5 songs are the seeds. They set the tone and are the foundation of everything that is yet to come from me.
Can you talk us through each song?
‘Trouble’ is about reckless rebellion.
‘This Must Be Love’ is angsty and is about a hopelessly toxic actualisation of love.
‘Rise’ is about resilience and rising through the ashes above the darkness.
‘Perfect Storm’ is about an emotional breakdown and the silent battles many of us face with our mental health.
‘Everlasting’ is about letting go of the past to make room for new love and growing from the past to achieve a new understanding for the meaning of love.
What are your hopes for ‘This Must Be Love’?
I believe that no matter how dark life gets, the power to rise above is written within each and every one of us. We are all made of light and dark energy, it’s just about how you choose to use it, and that is a message I want to share with the world. I hope TMBL gets that point across to inspire anyone treading the ebbs and flows of life to keep going.
What else have you got coming up in 2020?
I have a new single I hope to record and a WIP to follow up with as soon as the quarantine in LA is lifted. I’m eager to get back on stage, especially since I had a show booked with LA Pride this year. Will definitely have shows in the works once there’s more clarity on when venues will open up again. In the meantime, I’m working on a lyric book and storyboarding music videos for TMBL.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I think I’d go back to my 8th grade self and I’d tell myself “you are beautiful, strong, special and talented enough to accomplish whatever your heart desires, so do it!” because I always had the dream and the drive but not the confidence. If I could go back in time I’d encourage more belief in myself.
Listen to Luna on SoundCloud below. For news, go to iamlunacita.com.