Anna Lunoe was one of the few female producers that performed this weekend in the EDM tent. Most other performers consisted of one DJ, or possibly two live mixing a set. Anna Lunoe was a new name for me to hear, and it was really empowering to see female energy take over the tent for an hour. She is the real deal, mixing all her music and finding it herself with no one hiding behind the scenes, carrying the team if you will.
Lunoe grew up in Australia, but moved to Los Angeles recently. She explained that her music has been inspired by influences of Australian pop, the Billboard charts in the U.S. and U.K. and a mish mash of other things as well, all coming together to create a very diverse music taste, which she self defines as hyperhouse.
When she is not playing festivals and shows around the world, Lunoe also works with Apple Music’s show, Beats 1. This show is a combination of different DJ’s and producers that have a show once a week, creating a 24/7 radio, streamable from just about anywhere. Other artists involved include: Major Lazer, Elton John and The Internet, to name a few. Her next airtime is July 1 at midnight.
Lunoe’s set was full of energy and a ton of songs that I had never heard before. She explained in an interview that she wants her music and sets to be educating to the audience; opening our ears to new songs we might not have heard otherwise. And she did just that.
Sam Feldt was by and large the most surprisingly unexpected and interesting show of the weekend. The predicted was to be his “goofy summertime tracks,” maybe mixed in with a few of his newer tracks. His background sound is a classic, xylophone-type with some vocals and a few horns. It seemed like a good show to start off the weekend as he played on Wednesday night before the weekend even started. This show was just for people that had gotten there early for premiere camping to set up a bit early, so the crowd really had the ability to be hit or miss. Luckily, this year the early crowd was an eager bunch, ready, with tons of energy, to get started with the weekend.
Feldt started off his set with his classics songs, like “Show Me Love” and “Summer On You,” and then would cycle through to some unexpected, for lack of a better word, sounds. For reference, a song with these aforementioned “sounds” would be the drop in “First Breath” by Kaivon or the repeated sound in “Discipline (Louis The Child Remix)” by Clubcheval.
These drops are automatic crowd pleasers. These tracks then would cycle into an even more wacky sound or into full-on deep house. The final piece of the puzzle would be a throwback to get the crowd moving again, then into a classic Sam Feldt drop, and back into summertime jams. This cycle continued, each time building up to an even wackier or more intense drop and the crowd loved The predicted show was the original Sam Feldt summertime-sound for an hour or so. The actual show ended up being this super cool cycle of interesting sounds for even longer than he was set to play.
For reference, an example of the cycle of songs that Feldt played would be starting with “Shadows Of Love” merging into “Dancin (Krono Remix)” by Aaron Smith & Luvii then going into some Garrix and Avicii (not too heavy EDM,) then into Jauz, who is a little “wackier.” He would then take a step back to putting the wacky drop that he had built up to onto a familiar song, such as “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (which was a bit of a weird track for the show, but the crowd still ate it up.) Feldt did an incredible job of reading the crowd that turned out on Wednesday night and was able to see that we were a crowd that would be receptive to the more interesting drops and sounds, which made for an interesting, and again, unexpected feel for the show.