Following the release of their brilliant single Wadidi at the back-end of 2018, LUNIR opened up to Female First in a new and exclusive interview. Chatting all about their inspirations, challenges, goals and ambitions, the future-soul two-piece look set to take on the world. We can't wait to see it unfold...
Answers from LUNIR vocalist Becky Sikasa.
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
Weaving together synthetic and acoustic sounds to create something you hopefully can't quite place in any genre or tupperware. Think electric guitars, synths, string quartets, crazy drums and all the vocals.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
One of my challenges is to stick with my gut and to keep pushing for my ideas rather than getting intimidated when you encounter people in the industry who will expect you to be less capable as a female musician.
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
The difficult part, I find, is staying persistent in the face of rejection. Or even just when things are going slow. Although that is a universal thing, I'd say it gets highlighted when you're self-employed and there's nobody else to kick your ass about those things you don't like.
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
We write in a way that is very detail-oriented, so creative control is everything. However - that is not to say we don't also love collaborating with other artists.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
This is a tricky one to answer, since I find a lot of influence is mostly subconscious. For me inspiration comes from anywhere and anyone – from philosophy, literature, photography to a random grumpy person on the subway. It often isn't tangible for me.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
I love when you find out about some really unexpected pairings of writers with songs or artists. So I would love to write with or for people I couldn't possibly imagine right now.
Tell us a random, funny fact about you that not many people know.
The first song we ever played together was Dolly Parton's Here You Come Again.
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
Not to ever create the same thing twice.
Where do you hope to be this time next year?
Touring, writing, recording. In the middle of all of it, always.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
We're not playing a lot of shows just now, since we're writing and producing new material. You can however expect lots of sneaky peaks into that process online...
LUNIR's new single Wadidi is out now.