With her second release Mustafa about to drop, Getintothis’ Ste Knight sits in The Pink Room with Luna Semara.
Techno is enjoying an upsurge in outstanding female artists, from the likes of Nina Kraviz, to Maya-Jane Coles to Ellen Alien naming just a few. We’ve got a new kid on the block in the form of French techno producer Luna Semara, who’s recent The Pink Room EP sent lush analog waves through the techno community.
The Pink Room was Luna‘s debut release, available now on Stephan Bodzin‘s Herzblut Records. Luna works very closely with Stephan both from a live and a production perspective. Talking to Getintothis about her work with the Herzblut ringleader Luna tells us, “Stephan is a fascinating person, a true artist, a creative mind, full of energy, eyes wide shut, very talented and really experienced in the studio. I love to work with people who know more than I do, to get to learn and grow. We also have excellent times in clubs. I open the night, I love it to start when only a few people are present and to cook it slowly and then Stephan takes over. It´s always a highlight for both of us, because it really fits music wise.”
Stephan‘s influence is obvious in Luna‘s productions. Her tracks have an almost natural feel despite being electronically generated. Indeed it could well be the use of analog synthesis which generates this ambience. Luna’s fondness for analog synths is apparent on the EP and includes the use of “synths like CS80, Arp 2600 and so on, drum machines from Roland or Vermona.”
Further influences are also evident. The tracks are reminiscent of Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra project. Luna cites Carl Craig as one of her role models. Her music is intended to be “sexy and raw, really organic, true stuff. I recorded samples from a Vermona ER-9, other rhythms are hand-made and it gives this analog feel. On the dance floor, I really love tracks that build up slowly, giving space for own feelings to come up. That was the main inspiration”. This emotion can certainly be felt when listening to The Pink Room as the soundscape envelopes its audience inducing almost synesthetic sensations.
The debut record is a lush analog affair which bubbles away beautifully around the 115bpm mark, eschewing the higher tempo favoured by most current techno producers in order to allow her tracks to breathe and evolve and the listener to feel and be absorbed by the music.