2016-01-22T14:28:15-05:00 2016-01-28T04:58:24-05:00

Lunice celebrates the creative side of art and reveals more about his album [Interview]

The Montreal born producer and beat slayer known as Lunice is keeping his mind sharp.  If any artist could capture the creative force it's usually one who thinks outside the box, from ordinary to extraordinary. I believe Lunice has seen outside his own creative limits into another realm of ideas where he merges multiple talents into one performance.

The consistently upbeat and peaceful producer took some time after his recent Igloofest show to lay out his future ambitions, current musical interests, and highlight positive ways of addressing work flow. Check out the full length conversation below to learn how to become more creative outside your own box... 
Photography by Peter Ryaux-Larsen. 

Earmilk: How can artists of any kind help foster creativity in a positive way? 
Lunice: By taking the time to learn patience first. It will take a lot of patience to surrender yourself to the fact that in this world you are going to encounter someone who will want to give you negativity. The least you could do is give something positive back because we live in a world now where nobody would want to give positivity back, no matter the circumstances. The reason why someone may be negative is because they've lived a negative life in general. You want to be that one person who is positive to them at some point.
Lunice: With that in mind, that's when you can go full on wild with creativity. If you're always thinking of negative energy, it will always distract you. That is where a writer's block comes from, whether you can't come up with a sound on a track or problems in art. That's what I've learnt over time by discovering how I can consistently come up with ideas and just be generally happy.  

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EM: Is it impossible to produce an original idea because we live in a remix culture or does authenticity save us from recycling media?
Lunice: Out of everything there is no real way of making something brand new, but there is many ways to make something authentic. That is ultimately what we should be aiming for, to make authentic music. You can only make authentic media if you know yourself and know what you can do. What you can contribute in any form of media always comes down to what you feel and how you want to interrupt it as. You should never try and fit in with an environment or scene. 

EM: What are the problems then that copyrights and contracts impose on creative individuals? 
Lunice: That's more in terms of what you take to use for your own art. I generally try to stay away from being in a situation where I have to clear a sample. I would only approach such copyright if ever I absolutely needed to put a point across for a certain project. That's my own preferences, anybody has their own respect in how they want to approach media. That's what creative art is, to improve on what is already there. From time to time you may cross something that is copyrighted because it exists in this world, but it could be improved.
EM: On that note, do you try to create entirely your own sounds when producing?
Lunice: In the last couple of years, yeah. I used to make a lot of sample based music though. When I crossed into electro music while playing clubs, I started to notice a lot of musicians use synthesizers to make their own melodies. I got the idea to start making my own melodies. I'm not trained on the piano so I don't know how to read notes or chord progressions. I used to play piano a little bit as a child, so I took that for reference.
Lunice: I've only started to recognize notes and patterns to build my own palette. Any artist should not be put down because they don't know a traditional method. It all comes down to what you hear as an individual because that's what people care about. They don't want you to sound like the next guy, they want to hear what you create.   

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EM:  Are there important benefits to working with labels of any magnitude? For instance, How has LuckyMe Records helped you grow through production and distribution? 
Lunice: Being part of LuckyMe is different than being part of a major label. Within a main  label, there are different divisions that approach the music scene differently. Major labels would have roasters and genres, but they wouldn't see me as a performing artist. 
Lunice: Whereas being with LuckyMe, an independent label, we really push idea of a collective. That theme of keeping in a collective keeps us on a creative level of making cool stuff. Think for instance of our Christmas calendar with music from a bunch of different artists. That then introduces me to the major labels, who approach us on our terms, it's not me approaching them on their terms. Within that respect, we work our own projects, curate our own lineups, or do production work for certain artists.  

EM: Who are some upcoming musicians you suggest we keep our eyes on for 2016? 
Lunice: Definitely homies, CJ Flemings is killing it. He has a homie with him too called Speng who is crazy! We got a friend King Mez from North Carolina. You're going to hear about him soon because he's done so much work for a lot of rappers. Those are people I've been working closely with on the album as well. 

EM: What kind of music do you personally listen to for inspiration? 
Lunice: It really bounces around a lot. There are times when I’ll be going through the whole discography of jazz or classical music. I constantly bring back classical music a lot actually because it evens everything out. After a show I like to go in the car headed back to the hotel and listen to classical music.
Lunice: Recently I’ve been onto the complete opposite: death metal. Mostly because I’ve realized how much metal has been influenced by classical music in composition and execution. They’re a hundred and ten percent behind what they make. The arrangement is completely messed up in the best way possible. The thought process these musicians have going from one section to another is something I want to translate into my music eventually.
EM: Describe the state of mind when you feel most comfortable creating new music? 
Lunice: I’m usually at a state of complete content. That is something I feel people have a hard time getting into, whether their work is perfect or not. I don't usually bang out a lot of songs, I take the time to have time, meaning to live my life. Whether I go out fishing in the summer time, draw, or just a lot of different things that influence and motivate me in my creative flow.
Lunice: At some point I'll reach a phase where I'll be separated away from music for a while now, that I've built up all these ideas over time. I'll go back to the studio and put all these ideas down in music.   

EM: From that creative surge, what new music can your fans expect to hear from you soon?
Lunice: Well that is a transition to what I'm trying to build as a whole. I've been working on the album onto my fourth year, the reasoning being that I wanted to go a bit deeper. In the sense that I wanted to know myself as a person and where I am going with as an artist, instead of justing putting it out because of hype.
Lunice: It's all up to the crowd to see how they interrupt it, but I'm going to keep it in the same theme of being theatrical. At least my fans can take away the performance being a show, rather than sitting down and listening. Because it's a show, you sit down to listen and visualizing in your head what the show may look like. It's my theatrical project! 
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