DJ and producer Lunice talks collaborations and stage presence with the Daily Cal

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The beat for “Blood on the Leaves” on Yeezus that most of us attribute to Kanye West was actually created by TNGHT, electronic duo made up of Canadian-bred Lunice Pierre and Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke. Lucky for UC Berkeley students, Lunice, who has collaborated with Rick Ross, Azealia Banks and 2 Chainz in the past, will be performing on Memorial Glade tonight, bringing with him his signature electro-meets-hip-hop aesthetic. The Daily Californian caught up with the DJ and producer over email before the show to talk collaborations, stage presence and future projects.

The Daily Californian: How did you transition from being a dancer to a music producer?

Lunice: Dancing got me to pay closer attention to to the structure of a song. And with that, I eventually came (up) with the idea of trying some of these song ideas out for myself.

DC: Your energy while performing is unreal. Do you feel like your background as a dancer has affected the way you approach music?

L: Definitely, that’s where my stage presence comes from. I used to do shows and a bit of a theatre in college so I’m just really having fun with what I’ve learnt. I’m trying to see how far I can push my live shows.

DC: What kind of experience do you want to give your audience?

L: I want to give them something a little different from the usual DJ set. Something they can not only dance to but simply just watch, enjoy and think.

DC: What was it like producing with Azealia Banks and Angel Haze?

L: They’re both really fast workers and can adapt to any situation like I can so it really makes for a good swift collaboration.

DC: How did you and Hudson Mohawke start working together?

L: I heard his remix for Gucci Mane’s “Party Animal” which was the most simplistic, hardest track I’ve heard him make. So from that, I emailed him about it and we started to talk and I suggested that we should try to make something together out of the concept of minimalism and loud crisp sound and that’s what came about.

DC: How would you say the music you produced with HudMo in TNGHT differs from the music you produced yourself?

L: HudMo has a more grandiose style of sound where I have a more minimalistic approach to it.

DC: Is there anything we can look forward to from you or TNGHT?

L: I’m working on my album, HudMo is working on his album. After we’re done with our projects, I think you’ll know what’ll happen next.

Lunice is performing on Memorial Glade tonight. This concert is sponsored by SUPERB. 

Addy Bhasin is the arts editor. Contact her at [email protected].
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