22-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Luna Aura was born in San Diego and raised in Phoenix, AX. She discovered her talents for singing at a young age; beginning to write at age 10, and doing live performances at age 15. During this time she found her drive and since then has been professionally writing, producing, and performing for the past five years. Her goal is to inspire and empower people all over the world by spreading love, courage, and truth through art and music.

She just released an EP called Supernova, which tackles life, death, society, feminism and youth, so what better time to have a conversation with the intriguing artist?

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Can you identify the moment that made you realize your whole life had changed? A sort of 'aha' moment.

When you imagine your life changing, it's always the "winning the lottery", or "meeting your soul-mate" scenario that you think of. My change however came in like a 20-foot wave to the face. It's something that I am still dealing with every moment of every day. My baby brother, Tony, passed away earlier this year in a tragic accident. He was only 15 years old, and it was very sudden. It's difficult for me to discuss with people how much he meant to me and how much my life changed since that moment, but he was one of the most loving and positive people I have ever known. He taught me so much about myself, about spreading positivity and creativity, and what life is truly all about. I now have a purpose in my music that I did not have before. Every moment of my life is spent immortalizing my brother and the story he left behind.

With your artwork, how did you interact with the artist/designer? Did you contribute ideas or remain hands-off? Was there a revision process?

I worked with two incredible women for the artwork on this EP. I did the photo shoot with a brilliant photographer named Natasha Wilson for all the press photos and album photos. She was able to capture what I had pictured in my head, and made it a million times better. For the EP cover, I worked with the incredibly talented graphic designer and illustrator name Monica Amneus. She was able to take one of Natasha's photos and manipulate it into what you can see today. I didn't want the cover to be just a pretty pop-princess cover. I always have a left-of-center approach to both my music, and the artwork attached to it. I like to call it POP with dissonance. Working with the two of them was quick, painless, and so much fun.

Have you had any mentors along the way? Who are your biggest influences?

I've had so many mentors growing up, and even today. They weren't always music mentors. They were teachers, fellow actors and musicians from high school, my family, and my friends. I learn so much from the people in my life, and I'm influenced by all the relationships I'm in. To think that you only have 100 years on this planet, and these are the people that just happened to run into you is amazing to me. It's something to focus on and cherish.

Has your vision of music changed at all since you first began? If so, how?

My vision of music is constantly changing. The more I work with others and grow as an artist, the more I understand music and how infinite your creativity can be. The one thing that will stay the same is the fact that music brings people together. It reaches people in a way that is unlike anything else, and I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.

What/who do you think changed the music industry? Why?

The fans changed the music industry. Everyone says the internet changed the music industry, but the internet is just merely a tool that was given to the people to do whatever they wanted with it. It's no longer only the big dogs running the show, and giving the people what they think they want to hear. People know what they want to hear, they know what they want to see, and they're very vocal about it. Artists are also no longer making the money they used to off of their music nowadays, but I think it's exciting. It's pushing bands and artists to be even more creative, to put more thought into their image, their live shows, their merch, their whole process. It's the time of the artisan once again, and I'm down for every second of it.


Track-by-Track Guide: Supernova EP

'Like You':
Not that anyone should have a favorite child or anything, but if all five of the songs on Supernova were my babies, 'Like You' would definitely take the cake as ' Mom's favorite '... I wrote and produced this song with a very talented, and young producer named Josh Li. I met him through mutual friends and I liked his production style, so I was really interested to see what we could come up with together. We were coming from two completely different places stylistically. He was used to creating upbeat, super-produced, dance music, and I was used to creating more minimal, light-hearted, pop tracks. So what you get is the best of both worlds on this one. I wrote it specifically about people who feel misunderstood, and those who feel as though they are the only one of their kind. It's a love song about finding somebody who finally understands your weirdness, and adds to it in the best way possible. It's about realizing you're never alone in life.

'Gravity':
'Gravity' is one of my "sexier" songs so to speak. I think it's sexy because it has a lot of attitude in it. I felt like such a punk while I was writing it, and I loved every second of it. It's about being so attracted to someone, you can't stay away from them. Even though you know you are probably no good for them, there's always some sort of magnetic force that brings you right back around. The song was produced by myself and my good friend Sean Chris, as well as a very talented producer/writer from LA named Nick Block (who also mixed and helped produce every song on the EP). Sean and I had been producing songs together for about a year, and this was one of our latest productions. When working with Sean, I always learn something new about production and how we can essentially use whatever we want to get the sounds we're looking for. I'm a sucker for abnormal sounds, and a touch of dissonance, and I really wanted this song to sound like what space would sound like if space were a pop song.

'Dancing With Your Ghost':
'Dancing With Your Ghost' is a song that was produced by a very talented individual by the name of Eric Sanicola. It was co-written by Eric, myself, and a lovely songwriter named Brooke Ross. This song was my first time sitting with other songwriters and experiencing a true writing session out in LA, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Writing is so much more rewarding when you can bounce your ideas off of other artists, and when you can allow yourself to be inspired by others in the session. I learned a lot about myself and my songwriting process while creating this tune. At the time, I was dealing with a very difficult situation in my life that had to do with my younger brother, Tony. He had passed away a month prior to this writing session and I really wanted to write something that would make him proud. We wrote the song about love in its natural state, which is steadfast and eternal. I wanted to tell my brother that I can still feel him in everything I do, and that I'm ready to share his love and his story with the world. I can feel him smiling every time this song is played.

'Supernova':
I named the EP after this track simply because it describes everything I stand for as a female artist and/or extraterrestrial creature. I wrote it about self-worth, and acknowledging that you are an intelligent, beautiful, and amazing being. Something the world should be afraid of, and something that you should be wildly proud of. I wrote it with women specifically in mind, because I was tired of hearing all the sad girl, shirt-tugging shit that was being shoved down young girl's throats at the time. I wanted to write something that said "I know who I am, I can take care of myself, nobody will define me, and I am unapologetically me... So if you want it, you better work for it." It's sassy as hell, and I wrote it alongside the perfect producer named Brock Roulier. He's one of the silliest/coolest people I've ever met, and he was definitely the perfect person to work with on this track especially.

'Trigger':
'Trigger' is a song that I also wrote about my little brother. Oddly enough, I started writing it a year before he passed, and it was originally about losing someone or something that left a mark on you that you would never be able to forget. I started writing it over a year ago, but I couldn't get myself to finish it, so I stopped until it made sense to go back to it. I have a feeling I had been writing it about my brother the entire time, and something inside of me knew the pain already. I wrote the rest of the song almost immediately alongside a producer named Steve Lueder, who was very welcoming of my vision and what I wanted this song to be, and I will be forever thankful for that.