As the Red Bull Music Academy gets ready and organized for the massive endeavor that will be RBMA 2010, some 5000 kms away, someone's already set to go. Lunice, Montréal's future monarch and midi maestro is all psyched up to take it all in.
Just a few weeks ago, he and I were chatting about the idea of him getting in, and how anxious he was to hear back from the Academy ppl. Well, his prayers answered (thanks for his mom likely) and his February 2010 plans locked, he's ready to board that flight and get away from what likely will be another brutal Montréal winter (you can ALWAYS bet on that. Been there. Don't do that - take it from me), and be in loving and warmhearted company of Term 2 participants of RBMA 2010.
But after learning that Lunice, was accepted, you know we had to holla @ him to try to capture some of this jubilation...
92: So tell me about your 1st reaction when you saw the email?!?!
L: I opened up my laptop and check my emails in the morning, and i was like... WHAT!?!?!?
So I started to go crazy. I'm still dizzy from it. Totally broke out into a dance.
92: How did you 1st find about the academy ??
L: Well, before the my manager told me a bit more about it, I was steady bboyin and 1st came across Red Bull BC 1. I was floored by the production of the whole event. And then, through that channel, I heard about the Red Bull Music Academy. But @ the time, I was just starting to make music. So I just kept that in mind for the future, and it all came together.
92: is this your 1st time applying??
L: Yes it is.... I had i heard of it before but didn't apply as I totally forgot about it. But this time around, my manager Tash reminded me that it was coming up and I decided to dip in. I took like a whole month to write out the answers correctly and made it all neat and sh*t... LOL. I totally took my time.
92: This is a long shot, but what do you think might have helped you make it into the Academy?? music?? some of your answers ??
L: Man... there were so many unexpected questions, but I remember being excited about the one about inviting ppl over for dinner, and playing music for them. I really liked that one since I love to cook, and love to make music, and love playing music, so that one really stood out in my mind.
92: Have you ever been to London??
L: only 1nce for a quick layover. so I got to run in and out, but nothing that I could say that I saw. So, this will be my 1st time really being there.
92: What are you most excited about being in London?
Man... so many things to see. I feel like I'll be using my Google Maps all the time. I just remember the streets being so busy in comparison to Montréal, so many ppl everywhere too.
92: What are you most looking fwd to during the academy??
L: Oh. Just knowing that I'll have access to so many resources, from gear to software, and being able to mess with all of it like.. "Here..". Like, for real?? I can play with this all day?? Man, I can't wait for that.
Equally, I can't wait to get to meet everybody. So many ppl from around the world. I want to know about them, what they're working on, what kind music they listen to etc... I love learning about and talking to ppl. For 2 weeks, I want to take in as much as I can.
92: What song 1st came to your head when you got in/was accepted?
Man, I've recently been obsessed with this older singer called Junior, and he had this song "Mama Used To Say". That immediately popped into my head. The lyrics... about taking your time, and doing things right. And i've been doing that. But I love that song!
92: if you had a choice of someone to listen to lecture, who would it be??
L: Ummmm... Man, I would love to see (RBMA Grad) Mike Slott give a lecture. That guy, I just don't understand him. His music is so beautiful. I would love to see and hear about his process, how he thinks, and how he gets inspired.
92: what skills are you looking to acquire or improve when you're @ the RBMA??
L: I'm going to try to do everything I can't do here, out there. From learning about new gear, new techniques... This is such a once in a lifetime opportunity that I want to take advantage of every single moment i have to learn.
I def want to get my technical side down. It's one thing to have creativity, but I want to make sure that i know how to take advantage of all the new technology. So I'll be asking tons of questions.
92: what are some of your fave songs out right now?? Top 3??
L: Man, I just got this track from Hovatron "Gold Start Radiation", and he had it remixed by Lando Kal. Kinda feeling this Ryan Leslie cat, and i'm totally feeling (thought not a song) Dante's Friend Chicken. That show is SO DOPE. One day, I'll be on that show. LOL.
92: Are you gonna bring a good luck charm??
L: My mom makes me take a bible with me everywhere I go. ;) LOL. But, besides that, i might just take something from my girl. Something to keep her in mind and in my thoughts.
Lunice, will def be in all our minds after RBMA 2010, if he isn't already. He's got an EP due out shortly before the Red Bull Music Academy next year, so look for something to happen in and around those Jan/Feb dates in both MTL and LDN.
And in the meantime, here's a little something from his vaults. Make sure you peep Lunice's myspace for all dates etc... +, dude has a nice bunch of treats for downloads as well. Show love!
Lunice's Aqua Blap.